Athens, GA Weather for Monday, July 17, 2017

Chance of Mid-Afternoon Showers/Possible Thunderstorm

High: 89°F

Low: 68°F

The stalled frontal boundary to our south caused showers and embedded thunderstorms for those along and south of I-20. A few storms formed in North Georgia, spurred on by some upper level energy. As the boundary remains stagnant, much of our activity here in North Georgia looks to be chances for typical, afternoon showers and possible thunderstorms due in part to continued upper level impulses making their way around the Great Plains ridge pattern. What does this mean for the start of your work week tomorrow? How is the rest of the week shaping up? Details below!

Quick Forecast

Tonight: Chance of evening storms until 10PM. Then, slight chance of overnight storms around 2AM. Calm winds with a low near 68°F.

Monday: Morning patchy fog. Partly cloudy with a chance of a few afternoon showers and thunderstorms. High near 89°F.

Tonight’s Forecast:

Models are picking up on a few isolated storms in the overnight hours. Image Credit: WxBell

While the majority of storms were to the south due to the unstable air and stalled frontal boundary, a few in North Georgia were spurred on by some upper level energy coming around the pattern to our west. These storms will continue until around 10PM. Afterwards, mostly cloudy skies hang around as we push further into the evening hours. Another wave of energy could be just enough to fire up a few isolated storms. Not everyone will receive the nightly rumble of thunder, though. The rest of us will enjoy partly cloudy skies and lows in the upper 60s/low 70s.

Monday’s Forecast:

Another upper level impulse will bring the chance for a few isolated showers and thunderstorms tomorrow mid afternoon. Image Credit: WxBell

Calm winds and humid air will allow patchy fog to build in early tomorrow morning, so be sure to drive carefully on your morning commute, especially if you take county backroads. Once again, tomorrow will have the rhythm we’ve seen plenty of lately: humid air and chances for afternoon showers and thunderstorms. The coverage doesn’t appear to be as widespread tomorrow, so the chance for rain remains low. Highs will be in the upper 80s and some will climb into the lower 90s.

Afternoon highs tomorrow. Image Credit: WxBell

Sneak Peek of the Week:

Temperatures for this week will climb from the upper 80s to the mid to upper 90s by the weekend. Image Credit: WxBell

Rain and heat are the stories for this week. The humid air mass hangs out all of this week, affording us the continued chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms. A few storms will be strong throughout the week given levels of instability. Meanwhile, our ridge pattern currently over the Great Plains will slowly shift east, bringing high heat by the end of the week. These temperatures will likely graze past the mid 90s. Enjoy the week, stay dry, and drink plenty of water!

Tuesday: wake up temperatures in the upper 60s/low 70s. Chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs near upper 80s/90°F.

Wednesday: wake up temperatures in the low 70s. Possible afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Highs near the lower 90s.

Thursday: wake up temperatures in the low 70s. Possible afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Highs in the mid 90s.

Friday: Wake up temperatures in the low 70s. Partly cloudy skies likely. Highs in the mid 90s.

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About Michael Stewart

Michael is a graduate of the University of Georgia's Atmospheric Sciences program, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography with a certificate in Atmospheric Sciences in the spring of 2016. He served as the former President of the University of Georgia's local chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) during the 2014-2015 year and is currently an active member of the national American Meteorological Society. Michael participated in a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research program at the Pennsylvania State University. There, he used the numerical weather prediction model, Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF), to research chemical dispersion in the boundary layer. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree at the University of South Carolina under the supervision of Dr. April L. Hiscox. His research will focus on boundary layer meteorology and modeling atmospheric dispersion. Although Michael appreciates all kinds of weather, he holds a certain fascination with convective storms and numerical weather prediction.

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