Athens, GA Weather for Sunday, May 21, 2017

Morning Showers/Thunderstorms

Afternoon Thunderstorms

High: 77°F

Low: 69°F

A low pressure system and associated cold front will bring showers and thunderstorms to our region tomorrow. Image Credit: WPC NOAA

Happy Saturday! We hope you managed to stay cool out there on this 91°F day. Although this evening’s scattered thunderstorms seemed to cool us off rather quickly, dropping temperatures almost 15°F between 2:51PM and 6:51PM. What’s on tap for this evening? Showers and thunderstorms will continue into the overnight hours. As for tomorrow morning, be sure to have a rain coat before heading out to morning service.

Quick Forecast

Tonight: Evening thunderstorms. Then, cloudy skies with a south wind. Low near 69°F.

Sunday: Morning showers and thunderstorms. Then, chance for isolated afternoon thunderstorms. South wind between 5-15 mph and a high near 77°F.

Tonight’s Forecast:

Scattered thunderstorms pushed north into our forecast area earlier this evening.

Scattered thunderstorms fired up this afternoon in response to some atmospheric energy mainly driven by the trough pattern in the Northern Great Plains. This energy essentially lifted up the air just enough to allow it to further rise on its own in the unstable atmosphere. Given the amount of moisture in the area, we will likely see these storms persist into the evening and overnight hours.

A line of thunderstorms will likely affect our western portions. Image Credit: WxBell

As the sun sets and we lose our daytime instability, the storms will weaken a fair amount. However, that won’t stop the possible thunderstorm in the early morning hours. Overall, expect rain and in and around the Athens area until about midnight tonight. Low temperatures will stay in the upper 60s.

Not-So-Sunny-Sunday:

Showers and a possible thunderstorm are expected tomorrow morning started around 5AM. Image Credit: WxBell

The rain continues early tomorrow morning as the line of showers and thunderstorms push east. Be sure to grab umbrella before heading out the door on your way to church service. After the morning, we’ll see a chance for a popup thunderstorm or two in the area, but models are backing off on the chance of something as widespread as this evening. Highs will be in the mid to upper 70s.

Afternoon highs for tomorrow. Image Credit: WxBell

Weather Video of the Day:

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the Moore, Oklahoma EF-5 tornado. See the chilling video below to watch the formation. Warning: language

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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