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Severe Storm Risk Shifts South

Severe Storm Risk Shifts South

A rainy start for some folks this morning.  We've been tracking a few showers with some heavy rain that have been moving to the south and east.  We had a severe thunderstorm warning earlier this morning for Dade and Walker County in NW Georgia.  We also tracks a pocket of heavy rain with some lightning over Gwinnett, Barrow and Walton Co moving to the SE.  This area of rain that moved in overnight and early this morning has helped to stabilize our atmosphere.  The Storm Prediction Center has now shifted the "slight risk" area of severe weather down to the south.  More showers will develop at any time today.  These aren't just the "pop-up afternoon storms."  These showers and storms still could produce heavy rain and some winds, but shouldn't be a widespread severe weather event.  The main threats would be damaging wind, heavy rain and intense lightning.

Second Highest Tornado Ever Recorded!

Over the weekend a tornado touched down in Colorado. Now that is not that big of a deal, tornadoes happen in Colorado all the time. But this one touched down near the top of Mt Evans which is one of the 54 fourteeners (mountains taller than 14,000 ft tall). When it was all said and done it touched down at a whopping 11,900 feet!! Here is a synopsis from the NWS:

 

A confirmed tornado touched down at 2:51 PM Saturday, July 28 near Mt. Evans, Colorado. The estimated elevation where this tornado touched down was near 11,900 feet. This would make this tornado the 2nd highest ever recorded in the U.S. 

 

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Severe Weather Likely Tomorrow

Severe Weather Likely Tomorrow

Severe Weather Chances

We have a slight risk for severe weather across the state tomorrow with the main threat being damaging winds and heavy rain. 

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Olympics: Archery & the Weather

Olympics: Archery & the Weather

Thanks to the Hunger Games, archery is quickly becoming a very popular sport, even though it has been around for about 10,000 years. The object of archery is relatively simple, and similar to darts: have the arrows hit the bullseye of the target, or as close as you possibly can. However, Olympic Archery targets are a bit different from your typical darts board at a restaurant/bar. Not just because you have to throw them with a large bow, but also because you have to do it outside, which means Mother Nature often dictates how close you end up getting to that target.

Wind - this can make or break the event.  is an archer's worst enemy. British archer, Mike Peart, explains, "Even if I aim dead-centre, the arrow can drift, two, three, foot feet away and sometimes I can miss the target. Even though I have shot, the wind can take it totally off."

Something to watch in the Tropics

Something to watch in the Tropics

After an active start to hurricane season, it's been pretty quiet lately in the tropics.  We already had Alberto, Beryl, Chris and Debby.  Alberto formed before the Atlantic Hurricane season started.  It developed on May 19th.  Debby was our last tropical system that formed June 23rd and fell apart on June 27th.  We haven't had another named storm since.  July has been quiet so far.

The hurricane season usually gets more active when we move into what to is refered to as the "Cape Verde Season."  That's the part of the hurricane season when we begin seeing more tropical waves developing off the coast of Africa near the Cape Verde Islands.  The Cape Verde season runs roughly from mid August through September.  These storms tend to have plenty of time to travel across the Atlantic and strengthen.  They begin as storms over Africa and then become a tropical low over the Atlantic.

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