Athens, GA Weather for Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Partly-Cloudy

Partly Cloudy
High: 76°F
Low: 50°F

Visible satellite across the Southeast this afternoon. Image Credit: COD/NOAA

Visible satellite across the Southeast this afternoon. Image Credit: COD/NOAA

We hope you were able to go outside and enjoy the spring-like weather. Several spots climbed into the low-to-mid 70s this afternoon with a mix of sun and clouds. All of the active weather across the country remains west of the Mississippi River. High pressure will keep us dry and warm for the entire week. We might not see any rain until this weekend. Could we hit 80 this week? Details are below!

Quick Forecast:

Tonight: partly cloudy with patchy fog possible. Light winds. Low near 50°F.

Wednesday: Mix of sun and clouds. Southeast wind at 5-15 mph. High near 76°F.

Wednesday’s Forecast

Temperatures will drop into the upper 40s and low 50s tonight. With moisture increasing across Georgia, we could wake up with patchy fog forming across the area. Best places to see fog will be along and south of I-20. Any fog that forms should dissipate by 10 a.m. EST. We will see a mix of sun and clouds through the day with temperatures climbing into the mid 70s. High pressure will keep us dry and very warm through the end of the work week. Our average high for this time of the year is 64°F, so we will be 10-15 degrees above average for the remainder of this week.

High temperatures for Wednesday, March 9. Image Credit: Weatherbell

High temperatures for Wednesday, March 9. Image Credit: Weatherbell

Could we hit 80°F?

By Thursday and Friday, many spots will climb into the upper 70s. It is very likely a few areas could approach 80°F. How about that? With that in mind, get ready for a high pollen count!

Temperatures could approach 80°F by Friday. Image Credit: Weatherbell

Temperatures could approach 80°F by Friday. Image Credit: Weatherbell

Winter 2015-2016

December, January, and February is considered our meteorological winter months. Now that we are in meteorological spring, we can examine exactly what happened during our winter months. The results are in, and winter 2015-2016 saw above average precipitation and above average temperatures for North Georgia. Athens had the 9th warmest winter ever recorded. Meanwhile, Athens was the fifth wettest winter ever recorded at 20.54″ of rain. NOAA/NCDC posted that December 2015, January,  and February 2016 was the warmest such period across the country since record keeping began in 1895.

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The December 2015, January/February 2016 period was the warmest period ever recorded for the United States since record keeping began in 1895. Image Credit: NOAA/NCDC

The December 2015, January/February 2016 period was the warmest period ever recorded for the United States since record keeping began in 1895. Image Credit: NOAA/NCDC

Weather Video of the Day

If you love watching severe weather coverage, then you just landed the jackpot! It looks like James Spann of ABC 33/40 uploaded the morning events of the deadly tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011. When this generational event occurred, it came in two parts. The first part arrived as a line of severe storms that produced widespread wind damage in parts of Alabama. The afternoon storms consisted of long-track and deadly tornadoes. The video is very long. If you love watching live coverage, then you’ll find this interesting on how things evolved on that day.

About Matt Daniel

Matt is a graduate from the University of Georgia with a bachelor of science degree in Geography and Atmospheric Sciences. At the University of Georgia, Matt also earned a certificate in the Music Business program. Matt has interned with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, ABC 33/40 with James Spann in Birmingham, Alabama, 13 WMAZ in Macon, GA with Ben Jones, and worked with WNEG-TV behind the scenes with Eric Elliot. Matt Daniel is currently the weekend meteorologist for the CBS station 13WMAZ in Macon, Georgia. He also works as a freelance Weather Producer at CNN. Matt writes weather/climate stories for the nationally acclaimed website, EarthSky.org and also contributed to articles via MSN Weather. He participated and played trumpet for the Redcoat Marching Band, and was also a member of the Volleyball band in 2006-2008. Matt was the President of the local student chapter of the University of Georgia American Meteorological Society (AMS) during the 2013-2014 year. He was also the Vice President of the UGA AMS chapter for the 2012-2013 season, and is currently an active member of the national American Meteorological Society. Matt released his solo album (yes, he writes music too!) on August 18, 2015. You can listen and purchase his album here.

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