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Interesting Numbers

It appears that North Georgia is done with rainfall for 2013. Looking back, this has been an interesting year. Atlanta recorded its wettest summer ever and that propelled the year into the top ten wettest years on record. Atlanta has officially seen 64.41", that places the year at #8 all ...

Dangerous Storm in the Far East

While the tropical season winds down for the Atlantic and Gulf, a monster of a storm roars in the Far East. Super Typhoon Haiyan is about to blast the Philippines late tonight (Friday morning local time). The storm, similar to a category 5 hurricane, is expected to cause "significant loss ...

Lanier streak is over

I have been monitoring the level at Lake Lanier and investigating the past records and here is what I have found: On October 30th, the level at the lake dropped below full pool of 1071'  (1070.98') for the first time since April 27th. That is a string of 186 straight ...

Lake Lanier close to a record

Lake Lanier has been above full pool (1071 feet above sea level) everyday since April 27th. That mark sparked me to do some number crunching. I wondered, "what is the record number of days in a row at full pool for the lake?" As you know, this was the wettest ...

Cool Forecasting Tool

One of the challenges in forecasting tropical systems is the rapid intensification of a storm. Historically we have seen a tropical storm ramp up into a hurricane in hours, and we have seen a category one hurricane (74-95 mph) blow up into a category three (111-130 mph) before landfall. To ...

Odd hurricane season so far

The early season predictions of an active hurricane season is now being questioned. For the Atlantic basin, September 10th is typically the peak of the tropical season and so far we have only had 6 named storms and NO hurricanes. I pulled some weather records and found that the latest ...

90 degree days trying to return

With all the rain and clouds of the past month, temps have struggled to reach Hot-Atlanta summer levels. So far in 2013, the ATL has seen only 4 days at 90 or above and none in July (last hot day was June 28th: 92). On average by mid July ATL ...

The black dots represent very high streamflows. The blue dots, well above average.

Flooding Issues Continue

As more showers and t-storms develop over North Georgia, flash flooding becomes more of an issue for many areas. A check of streamflows in the region shows all reporting gauges well above the average. What that means is that any additional rainfall cannot be absorbed and heavy runoff is likely. ...

An upper level trough will keep feeding tropical moisture over Georgia.

A Really Wet 4th Setting Up

Get ready to get wet...that will be the mantra over the next several days as an unusual pattern is setting up over Georgia. The end result will be periods of heavy rain with the high likelihood of "training". That is a term used by meteorologist that describes a rain flow ...

Rain & Air Quality

This has been an very unusual spring and summer for metro Atlanta. As you know, rainfall has been well above the averages and that in turn has kept the searing summer heat away. A huge benefit to this pattern has been wonderful air quality. So far for 2013, Atlanta has ...

Oklahoma Tornado Reflections

Last week I traveled to Moore, Oklahoma to find stories amid the chaos of an EF-5 tornado. Our crew included photographer Casey Nichols and producer Brian Lazaro. We spent four days investigating the worst nature has to offer and watched as stranger helped stranger. The thousands affected by the storm ...

Hurricane Name Game

The Eastern Pacific Hurricane season begins today, with the Atlantic campaign kicking off on June 1st. The list of names for the Atlantic basin is always a source of discussion. Several of the names have tricky pronunciations and Severe Weather Team 2 is surely to receive numerous calls, emails and ...

On average, parts of West Georgia will be cooler than normal this month.

It's now May, could be a cool one

Happy May everyone. Looking back, April was spot on in the temperature department as the month averaged out...average, highs and lows were right at the 30 year average.  Rainfall was a different story. Atlanta was 2.15" above the average and that continued the trend of the late winter/early spring season. ...

The latest numbers on Lake Lanier

This is Awesome News

For the first time in nearly two years, Lake Lanier is Full!!!! Often the symbol of drought conditions in North Georgia, Lake Lanier is now a quarter of a foot above full summer pool. This is the highest level recorded since late April 2011. As you can see, we were ...

Storm of the Century: 20 years ago

It was a storm like none other and hasn't been seen since. 20 years ago, March 12 thru 14, a massive area of low pressure moved from the Gulf of Mexico to New England leaving in its wake an impressive snow field. Atlanta officially received only 4.5" of snow (still ...

Atlanta has a rain surplus for the month, year and past 90 days.

Spring is Here...Sort of...

We turn the page from winter to spring this weekend (For meteorologists; March 1st is Spring, for the rest its officially March 20th this year) and while it won't feel like it with temps well down below the average, we are heading into the rainy period in great shape. For ...

All Ga. counties free of 'exceptional drought' status

Exciting news from our recent rainfall. Earlier we reported that 25 counties in North Georgia were removed from any drought classification. That holds true, but today, for the first time since January 2012, there is no level 4 (or exceptional drought) status in the state of Georgia. Rainfall of 3-6 ...

Improving drought conditions for some

While we wait on the potential for some sleet and freezing rain in North Georgia, how about some good news concerning our on going drought. As you know, the last two months have been fairly wet. In fact since December 1st, Atlanta has received 9.31" of rain, which is 2.29" ...

200 days, its a new record!!!

The U.S. has set another weather record, but this is the kind of record we like to see. For the past 200 days, there has not been a tornado fatality in the U.S. This eclipses the old mark of 197 days set back in October 1986 to February 1987. (This ...

Hello 2013, last year was a record setter

2013 is continuing the trend of December 2012 of being warmer and wetter than average for Atlanta. As I look back at the numbers for all of 2012, I am amazed at what transpired. 2012 was the warmest year on record for Atlanta. We have been keeping weather records for ...

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