Athens, GA Weather for Sunday, July 16, 2017

Chance of Afternoon Showers/Thunderstorms

High: 87°F

Low: 72°F

Temperatures from the late afternoon. Image Credit: WxBell

Athens hit 94°F earlier this afternoon, which is 2°F above normal for this time of year. A line of showers and thunderstorms started in the far northern tier of the state as a slow moving cold front sagged its way south, eventually firing up some storms in our area. The overnight hours looked to be pretty wet as well as the front continues its march south. You might hear a rumble of thunder in the night. As for tomorrow? How are things shaping up with the front out of the area? Details are below in this evening’s post.

Quick Forecast

Tonight: Intermittent showers and a possible thunderstorm overnight. Fog developing in the early morning hours. Light winds and a low near 72°F.

Sunday: Chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Precipitation totals between 0.10-0.25″. Southwest wind around 5 mph and a high near 87°F.

Tonight’s Forecast:

Evening showers and a few thunderstorms are possible tonight. Image Credit: WxBell

As our cold front ebs and flows south, it will continue to interact with the instability left over from the day. Given the lack of upper level support, these storms have and will continue to move rather slowly, allowing for a significant amount of rain to fall during their duration. Not everyone will see rain this evening, but those that do can’t rule out a few strong storms. The main threat for these will be strong winds and localized flooding. Overnight lows will be in the lower 70s.

Overnight low temperatures for the area. Image Credit: WxBell

Sunday’s Forecast:

Isolated showers and thunderstorms look to form across our forecast area tomorrow afternoon. Image Credit: WxBell

With the cold front to the south by tomorrow, North Georgia looks to receive a few upper level disturbances, which could help initiate a few afternoon showers and thunderstorms across the region. Not everyone will see rain, but those that do could see anywhere between 0.10-0.25″ of rain in the mid afternoon hours. Given the lack of upper level winds to steer the storms out of the region and a few possible thunderstorms, this amount could be a little higher, leading to localized flooding. Another concern is strong winds, which, combined with the soggy soil, could lead to downed trees and localized power outages. We’ll bring you the latest updates tomorrow. Highs will be in the upper 80s.

High temperatures for tomorrow afternoon. Image Credit: WxBell

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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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