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Slight Risk for Severe Weather for Friday

Slight Risk for Severe Weather for Friday

We have a slight risk for severe weather tomorrow afternoon as a cold front comes in from up north. The primary threat will be a wind threat, but I think that it will not really be that big of an event. I think the timing on this system will be late in the afternoon for NW GA, and right around drive time tomorrow evening for the metro area. I will have an update for you in the morning.

Lightning strikes man on window-washing scaffold

ATLANTA -- Officials with the Atlanta Fire Department said a man was struck by lightning while on a window-washing scaffold on a downtown hotel building Thursday afternoon.  

It happened at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, at the corner of John Portman Boulevard and Peachtree Center Avenue. 

Hotel general manager Erica Qualls says the man was working with AAA National Maintenance, a window-washing company. Qualls said the man had been washing windows earlier in the day, but at the time he was struck, he was securing ropes.

Qualls said Marriott has a policy that no roof work is to be done when there is lightning in the area, and says she does not know why he was still up there.

The man has been transported to Grady Memorial Hospital. The man's condition is unknown, at this time. 

More Rain Moving into the Metro Area

More Rain Moving into the Metro Area

Another area of heavy rain has developed out west and is moving right towards metro Atlanta. As of right now there are no warnings on this area of rain nor do I anticipate that happening. There are a few lightning strikes from the storm moving into parts of Polk county as of 9:30 tonight, but all the other areas of rain are lightning free. The cluster of "storms" is moving towards the east at around 25mph and should move through the metro area around 10-11pm. More storms are expected across the state later tomorrow afternoon as a cold front moves through, check back here on the blog at around 11pm and I will have a post about tomorrow's scenario.

 

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INCREDIBLE Video from the ISS

This is a montage of time lapse videos from the International Space Station. From Auroras to sunrise / sunsets to lightning, this is some incredible video you need to see!

 

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Parts of Gwinnett Could See Damaging Winds

Parts of Gwinnett Could See Damaging Winds

A storm moving through Gwinnett county could be producing some damaging straight line winds as it moves towards Lawerenceville and Suwanee. In addition to this wind, there is a lot of lightning and very heavy rain. Minor flash flooding is likely with this storm as it heads NE at 40!!

 

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Atlanta Weather | Heavy Rain Moving In

This Afternoon

We have a very large area of very heavy rain with some embedded t-storms moving in from the west. Parts of the N Georgia area has already seen 1-2 inches of rain today, the potential for another 1-1.5 inches is possible later today. Some of these storms could produce gusty winds, but for the most part they will just produce a lot of rain and lightning.

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Faster Tornado Warnings Coming?

Faster Tornado Warnings Coming?

A new program developed by the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) called Warn-On Forecast aims to help provide more warning time for tornadoes, flash flooding, and severe thunderstorms. Current data shows that trends in yearly-averaged tornado warning lead times are starting to plateau (average lead time right now is 13-15 minutes), and any further increases in that lead time is becoming more difficult to obtain. This new program, however, would allow meteorologists to predict severe weather simply by inserting current radar data into a computer model. That computer then uses that data combined with algorithms, formulas, and statistics to determine probable directions and behaviors of a storm.  Unfortunately, this program is not ready to be used right now.