Sunny and Pleasant!
Low humidity and below average temperatures defined the story for today. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am loving this trend! Athens hit a high of 89°F, which is two degrees below average for late July. High pressure with a northeasterly flow is keeping us cool and dry. Expect this trend to continue into Tuesday! For a couple more details, see below!
Tonight: Clear, with a light northeasterly wind. Low near 62°F.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a northeasterly wind around 5 mph. High near 89°F.
We’ll wake up to clear skies and temperatures in the lower 60s. The month of August will be welcomed with dry air. We’ll warm up quickly to high temperatures in the upper 80s. Some of us may even see 90°F. You may feel a slight breeze out of the northeast to go along with the plentiful sunshine. A small upper-level short wave system should be sweeping through north Georgia on Tuesday, but it won’t have much moisture to draw from. Therefore, showers are not likely. Enjoy your Tuesday!
In case you missed it, it has been quite an interesting day concerning tropical weather. Here is what has happened so far:
- Yesterday evening, there was an area of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico that the National Hurricane Center (NHC) gave a 30% chance of forming into an organized storm.
- That low-pressure system strengthened and organized itself more overnight last night, giving us Tropical Depression Six by early this morning.
- A little later in the morning, it became Tropical Storm Emily, with maximum sustained wind speeds of 45 mph.
- At around 5 p.m. EDT today, Tropical Storm Emily weakened back to Tropical Depression Emily, with maximum sustained wind speeds of 35 mph. It is currently located 70 miles south-southwest of Melbourne, Florida.
Tropical Depression Emily is moving east-northeast at 12 mph. It is anticipated to cross eastward through Florida and then move northeastward out into the Atlantic. It could strengthen back into a tropical storm again sometime in the future, it is not projected to affect our weather. We’ll keep an eye on this system as it progresses.
A Personal Note
I joined the AthensGaWeather team officially back in October 2014. In that time, I have learned many skills thanks to this blog. It has given me real-world forecasting experience, chances to interact with the public, chances to make plenty of mistakes to learn from, and so much more. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences and Geography from the University of Georgia on May 5, 2017. I am very happy to announce that I am returning to UGA this fall to start graduate school. Over the next two years, I’ll be working on my Master of Science in Geography, studying thunderstorm-related asthma epidemics under the direction of Dr. Andrew Grundstein. Starting this new experience will be a challenge and will test me in ways that I have yet to face.
As a result of this new step, I will have to end my regular service to this website. Though I won’t be writing for this blog on a regular basis anymore, I’m not going anywhere. I’ll still come around and chip in every once in awhile as needed, such as when the next severe or winter weather event strikes. I want to thank all of our readers for joining me on this adventure. The feedback from all of you has kept me going throughout the last few years. Lastly, I’d like to thank Matt Daniel, Jared Rackley, Chris Davis, and Michael Stewart for their counsel, constructive criticism, friendship, and help along the way.
Thank you all so much and goodbye (sort of)!
Weather Video of the Day
Cruises are supposed to be about fun and living in paradise, right? Well, this part isn’t fun at all. Here is some footage of a cruise ship being struck by lightning.
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) July 30, 2017