Athens, GA Weather for Friday, February 17, 2017

Sunny and Warm
High: 71°F
Low: 36°F

Visible satellite imagery this morning. Image Credit: NOAA/COD Weather

It was an absolutely beautiful afternoon with temperatures climbing into the upper 50s and low 60s. It was a little breezy as dry air continued to push into the area. Winds will calm down a little tonight and tomorrow, but they will switch from the northwest to the west-southwest. The southwesterly winds will help us warm up tomorrow afternoon. How warm will it get and how’s our current drought? Find out in today’s post!

Quick Forecast:

Tonight: clear and chilly. West wind at 5 mph. Low near 36°F.

Friday: sunny and warmer. West-Southwest winds at 5-10 mph. High near 71°F.

Friday’s Forecast

Friday will be a beautiful day with plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures. We’ll start the day with temperatures in the 30s. By the afternoon, many locations should warm up into the upper 60s and low 70s. Models are showing us with temperatures in the mid 60s Friday, but they have been under-performing as observations are much warmer. With that said, I’m adding five to eight degrees on top of what the models are showing. Another system to our west will develop and will try to bring a few extra clouds across North Georgia late Friday night into Saturday. It could give way to a tiny rain chance for North Georgia Saturday afternoon.

Models have been cooler than the actual high temperatures. Add at least 5 degrees to what you see. Image Credit: Weatherbell

Drought Monitor

The latest drought monitor is out and it shows a moderate to severe drought across North Georgia. The drought conditions have worsen in extreme North Georgia. While drought conditions have improved from last week, we have seen an increase in the extreme drought from four (last week) to five percent across the state.

Drought monitor for February 14, 2017. Image Credit: NOAA/Drought Monitor

Weather Video of the Day

How is the weekend shaping up? The NWS in Peachtree City looks at our chance to see a few showers Saturday and then a big warm-up as we head into next week!

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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