Athens, GA Weather for Wednesday and Thursday, August 30-31, 2017

Wednesday’s Forecast

Showers/Storms Likely
High: 74°F
Low: 68°F

Thursday’s Forecast

Mostly Cloudy
Scattered Showers/Storms
High: 84°F
Low: 67°F

Harvey continues to spin off the Louisiana coast. Image Credit: NOAA

I hope you have enjoyed the low humidity and dry conditions. Big changes are on the way and it is all thanks to Tropical Storm Harvey. Harvey has produced as much as nearly 52 inches of rain near Houston, Texas over the past four or five days. It makes Harvey the wettest tropical system to ever impact the continental U.S. on record. Catastrophic flooding continues for Houston and the surrounding communities. The good news is that Harvey will finally start to push to the northeast and away from Texas. The bad news is that it’ll make the rest of our week unsettled with good rain chances and even the chance to see some thunderstorms. We aren’t expecting to see flooding, but the rain that falls will be tropical and could be heavy. I’ll break down what you can expect over the next couple of days in this post.

Image Credit: NWS Houston

Quick Forecast:

Tonight: mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for a few isolated showers. East winds at 5 mph. Low near 68°F.

Wednesday: mostly cloudy with a 80% chance for scattered showers and a few thunderstorms. East winds at 5-10 mph. High near 74°F.

Wednesday Night: mostly cloudy with a 40% chance for scattered showers. Low near 67°F.

Thursday: mostly cloudy with a 50% chance for scattered showers and storms. A few storms could be strong. West-southwest winds at 5-10 mph. High near 84°F.

Update on Tropical Storm Harvey

Harvey has emerged over the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It slowly strengthened to a 50 mph storm with a pressure of 994 mb at 5 p.m. EDT on August 29, 2017. It will push off towards the northeast and make landfall in Louisiana tomorrow. It’ll hopefully accelerate and push off into Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky by Thursday and Friday. At that point, Harvey will no longer be tropical and act more like an area of low pressure associated with a cold front. Whatever is left of Harvey will enhance our rain chances for the rest of the week.

Wednesday’s Forecast

Moisture ahead of Harvey will travel towards the northeast tonight and tomorrow. As it does, rain chances will go up for Athens and Atlanta in the afternoon and evening hours. A few thunderstorms can’t be ruled out, but I think we’ll remain stable as the dry air erodes and warm, muggy air increases across the region. Some of the rain could be heavy at times. Rain will be possible at any point during the day, but appears most likely after 2 p.m. EDT. With clouds and rain likely, temperatures will remain well below average. We’ll likely see highs only climbing into the mid 70s.

Scattered showers appear likely tomorrow afternoon and evening. Image Credit: Weatherbell

Thursday’s Forecast

The air will be muggy and temperatures will likely warm up into the low to mid 80s Thursday afternoon. As Harvey travels further north and east into Louisiana and Arkansas, it’ll act like a cold front. It’ll continue to bring more moisture from the Gulf of Mexico into our area.

Scattered showers and storms appear likely again Thursday. Image Credit: Weatherbell

With instability in place and a little wind shear, we can’t rule out the chance for a few strong storms, especially in West Georgia where the dynamics are a little higher since they are closer to Harvey. We’ll have to look for a few cells possibly rotating. If they rotate, an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out. Severe threat appears low and likely to our west, but we can’t rule it out.

Small severe threat mainly to our west on Thursday. Image Credit: SPC/NOAA

Weather Video of the Day

The damage and flooding across Houston, Texas is simply insane. The weather models got it right, but it was still difficult to comprehend. This footage shows the extent of the flood waters in Texas.

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, 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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