Athens, GA Weather for Friday, April 21, 2017

Partly Cloudy
10% Isolated Storm
High: 86°F
Low: 59°F

Visible satellite imagery just showing cumulus clouds across North and Central Georgia. Image Credit: COD Weather/NOAA

It was a beautiful day in the Classic City. Just a tad bit on the warm side though. We recorded a high of 85°F, which was no where close to our record high temperature of 94°F set all the way back in 1925. Warm and mostly dry weather will continue tomorrow and most of Saturday. Also, we have an early start to the hurricane season. Details below!

Quick Forecast:

Tonight: partly cloudy with a 10% chance for an isolated storm mainly before midnight. Light southwest winds. Low near 59°F.

Friday: partly cloudy and very warm. 10% chance for an isolated thunderstorm after 12 PM. Most of us will stay dry. Southwest winds at 5-10 mph. High near 86°F.

Friday’s Forecast

Friday is shaping up to be similar to what we saw today. We’ll start the day with temperatures in the upper 50s and low 60s. We should see a good bit of sunshine with a few clouds by the afternoon and evening hours. Best rain chance will likely remain well to our north and west. (Along and north of I-85)

NAM 3km not showing much in the way of rain tomorrow. Staying mostly dry Friday. Image Credit: Weatherbell

Main story tomorrow will be the warm temperatures. Our average high for 4/21 is 75°F. We’ll likely be 10-12 degrees above that tomorrow as highs climb into the mid-to-upper 80s.

Potential high temperatures for Friday afternoon. Image Credit: GFS model via Weatherbell

G-Day Forecast

If you are planning to attend the G-Day game Saturday afternoon, the weather will likely remain dry. We’ll see a mix of sun and clouds with very warm temperatures. Highs expected to climb into the mid 80s once again. Make sure you bring your sunscreen and stay hydrated if you attend the game. We will have a chance to see scattered showers and possibly a few strong storm Saturday evening. It will likely develop after sunset. As of now, the severe threat appears rather low. We’ll have more details about your Saturday forecast in tomorrow’s post.

Image Credit: NWS at Peachtree City

Tropical Storm Arlene Forms

The Atlantic Hurricane season does not officially begin until June 1st, but Mother Nature doesn’t necessarily abide by the rules. At first the system was a subtropical depression. It means that the storm had characteristics of both a tropical system and a typical non-tropical system we would see over land. However, this morning it fully acquired tropical characteristics and became a warm-core low pressure system. With storms really firing up in the center, the National Hurricane Center upgraded it to a tropical storm at 5 p.m. EDT.

Tropical Storm Arlene has formed in the middle of the Atlantic. Image Credit: NOAA

The last time we saw a named storm form in the month of April was Ana in 2003. Here’s what the National Hurricane Center wrote in their discussion this afternoon:

Tropical storms in April are rare and Arlene is only the second
one observed in this month during the satellite era. It should be
noted, however, that this type of storm was practically impossible
to detect prior to the weather satellite era

Forecast track of Arlene is very short-lived….Image Credit: NHC

Arlene will not impact the United States and will remain over the open waters of the Atlantic. It should weaken and dissipate over the next 24 hours.

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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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