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Clear Skies for the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

Clear Skies for the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

We will have good visibility overnight for the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower.  It will peak overnight into Tuesday morning between 3am and 6am.  The Earth is moving through some debris from Halley’s Comet.  This debris burns up as it hits the Earth’s atmosphere.  This makes this meteor shower visible.  It is more active for sky watchers in the southern hemisphere.  Here in the northern hemisphere, the shower is less active.  Don’t expect to wake up early to see a sky full of meteors streaking across the sky.  Only a few of these will be visible here in the Atlanta area.  If you do see one, it will most likely have a long trail as it streaks across the sky.

You don’t have to look at any particular direction.  Just look up and they could fly in any direction across the sky.  The time when it could be most active is just before dawn.

A beautiful weekend ahead!

A beautiful weekend ahead!

Although we start off with mostly cloudy skies on Friday, skies will clear by the afternoon. Temps will be slightly warmer. High will be in the near 73.

The weather will continue to improve as we head into the weekend. Mostly sunny skies both Saturday and Sunday with highs back into the 80s by Sunday!

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Windy with scattered rain today

Windy with scattered rain today

So far the rain has been light with only a few thunderstorms around. The chance for showers will continue this afternoon. We could see an additional 1 to 2 inches through tonight. Thunderstorms are possible this afternoon, mainly southeast of the city of Atlanta.
Winds will be an issue this morning. South winds will be 15 to 25mph, with gust up to 40mph.
We will see gradual clearing as the front moves through this afternoon. Highs will be in the mid 70s.

Sunshine will return by Friday and hang around for the weekend. Highs will return to the 80s next week.

Tornado watch canceled; more storms possible later

Tornado watch canceled; more storms possible later

More scattered severe storms are expected later today. This includes the potential for damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes.

Heavy rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are possible with this system today through Thursday and thus minor to moderate river flooding is possible with isolated flash flooding.

Most of the metro is under a FLOOD WATCH until early Thursday morning.

Severe storms possible overnight Monday

Severe storms possible overnight Monday

A severe weather threat is possible for metro Atlanta residents as a strong storm system moves into Georgia overnight Monday and early Tuesday, according to 11Alive meteorologist Chris Holcomb.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center says the metro Atlanta area is under a "slight" risk of severe weather on Monday and Tuesday, but that could change as forecast models are updated, Holcomb says.

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The main threats will be severe thunderstorms, possible tornadoes and heavy rain with potential flooding. There could have 3-5 inches of rain through Wednesday in our area.

The 11Alive Weather Team is continuing to monitor computer models and will keep you up-to-date on the timing and intensity of the storm.

Atlanta Weather | Record Breaking Winter Salt

Atlanta Weather | Record Breaking Winter Salt

Winter, at least feels like it is coming to an end, but not before causing some major disruptions in the southern parts of the country, and setting record-breaking expenses for the Midwest and Northeast.

The snowy and bitter cold winter has broken seasonal maintenance expenditure records in many spots like Ohio, where they used a record breaking million tons of salts. 630,000 tons are stocked annually for an average winter in Ohio, but this year an additional 510,000 tons were use.

Even here in Atlanta, and other cities in the southeast, had to spend extra funds on salt and sand for the roads. While Northern states budget for winter weather, places like South Carolina does not, because expenses vary from year to year. Here’s a breakdown of how South Carolina had to treat their roads:

Atlanta Weather | El Nino Returns

 

Forecaster are predicting another El Nino event to set up this year, which could be good news for the US after a very cold and long winter, but not good for everyone.

The warming, called an El Nino, is expected to lead to fewer Atlantic hurricanes and more rain next winter for drought-stricken California and southern states, and even a milder winter for the nation's frigid northern tier next year.

While it could be good news to lessen the southwestern U.S. drought and shrink heating bills next winter in the far north, worldwide it can be quite a different story. Globally, it can mean an even hotter year coming up and billions of dollars in losses for food crops.