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Atlanta Weather | Return Of The Polar Vortex???

Atlanta Weather | Return Of The Polar Vortex???

Cold air returning to the United States today and tomorrow is causing the word “Polar Vortex” to be tossed around again. Arctic air is on the way, but the bitter cold air will not make as deep into the south as it did in early January. The bitter cold will remain over the northern plains as temperatures in places like North and South Dakota will be 30 and 40 degrees below zero!
It will get colder here in North GA.  Temperatures will only reach the 40s for highs on Wednesday, then dip into 20s. So the coldest air we will feel this week will be over us on Thursday morning. We will gradually warm up as we get into the weekend.

The polar vortex, is not a storm but a "planetary-scale mid- to high-latitude circumpolar cyclonic circulation, extending from the middle troposphere to the stratosphere," according to a portion of the American Meteorological Society's recently updated definition.

Atlanta Weather | Strange Space Lights

Atlanta Weather | Strange Space Lights

I thought this was pretty cool enough to share with you! Check this out. A Japanese astronaut created a microgravity, multicolored light show on the International Space Station in the name of art.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Kiochi Wakata has been using a specialized device that can to create swirly light art in weightlessness on the orbiting outpost. Known as a "spiral top," the instrument is outfitted with LED lights so that when spun, the top will create light trails that can be captured in photos (see below).

The end result of those spins in microgravity is an amazing light portrait that looks otherworldly. Wakata posted a few photos on Twitter earlier in January 2014 that show blue, green, yellow and red spirals shooting through a module on the space station.

Atlanta Weather | Monday's Forecast

Atlanta Weather | Monday's Forecast

Look for a few clouds to start the day, but those clouds will clear and we will see plenty of sunshine through the afternoon. Highs will be above average at 64 degrees. Clouds will move in overnight. Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with temps in the 60s, with a slight chance for showers in the evening.  That chance will remain in the forecast through Wednesday morning. There could be a wintry mix in the high elevations of the north GA mountains.  Cold air will be moving over us. Highs on Wednesday will only reach the 40s.
Temps will warm up gradually as we head toward the weekend.

Atlanta Weather | Warm Before The Storms

Atlanta Weather | Warm Before The Storms

Mostly cloudy skies this morning, with only a few peeks of sunshine this afternoon. We will keep a slight chance for showers in the forecast through the day, and can’t rule out a rumble of thunder or two. It will be very mild today with temps into the low 70s for highs.

Cloudy skies continue Thursday as well as the slight chance for showers. Another warm day with highs in the low 70s, ahead of a front that will bring a better chance for showers and thunderstorms.
Right now, the storms are forecast to arrive in our western counties between Midnight and 3am, in the Atlanta metro, between 3am and 6am.  Damaging winds, and heavy downpours appear to be the main threat at this time. An isolated weak tornado is not out of the question.

The storms are forecast to clear the area by mid morning Friday. Highs will be in the low 60s.

Atlanta Weather | Severe T-Storms Possible Southeast Of Atlanta Friday

Atlanta Weather | Severe T-Storms Possible Southeast Of Atlanta Friday

A cold front is pushing through the area this morning; the rain ahead of the front has ended. The front will stall over central GA, and then move back to the north as a warm front. As the front clear the area this morning, look for sunny skies. Clouds will increase during the afternoon with a chance for showers after 6pm.

The clouds will hang on during the overnight into Wednesday morning with the chance for showers. Skies will clear during the afternoon briefly, but more clouds will move in ahead of another cold front that will bring a better chance for showers, possibly a thunderstorm by Friday morning.

Because of the timing or arrival of the front, the Storm Prediction Center has placed a slight risk for severe weather over the East and Central parts of the state. Yesterday the slight risk included the city of Atlanta, but has now pushed the risk farther south.

Atlanta Weather | Warm Air This Week

Atlanta Weather | Warm Air This Week

This week will feature sun, clouds, and above average temperatures. Today look for sunshine, but clouds will move in this afternoon. A cold front will move through the area tonight and bring a slight chance for showers. The same front will stall over the central and southern parts of the state. We will have more sun on Tuesday, but the same front will move back north as a warm front, bringing the clouds back late Tuesday into Wednesday morning. Right now, there will be less than a 10% chance for showers, and clouds will clear by Wednesday afternoon. Highs will be near 70!!!!

Snow Then Sunshine

Snow Then Sunshine

Snow ends this morning, with sunshine breaking out by this afternoon. Temps will rise into the low 40s. Should be some good thawing for today. Still slightly breezy from the NW from 10-15mph, gusting up to 25mph. 

We will see more sunshine to start the day Friday, but a fast moving disturbance will move through by early evening and bring a chance for showers. Highs will be in the 50s.

Then the weekend looks beautiful. Not the warmest of weekends, but certainly warmer than we spent much of this week. Full sunshine both days with highs Saturday in the upper 40s and highs Sunday in the mid 50s.