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Mix of Clouds and Sun

Slight Chance of PM Storms

High: 88°F

Low: 69°F

Regions to the south and east saw more storms, while we stayed relatively dry. Image Credit: NOAA/NASA via COD NEXLAB

After yesterday’s stormy activity, today was relatively quiet. A couple of small scattered storms popped up in a few regions around north Georgia, but most of us were dry. The Athens Ben Epps Airport did manage to see trace amounts of rainfall, but we skipped anything truly measurable today. More stormy action resumed east and south of us, though. While those folks should still be looking for storm chances this evening, we should be mostly dry. Our mostly dry trend should continue into Saturday, though our rain chances aren’t completely eliminated. For more details, keep on reading!

Quick Forecast:

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a 30% chance of showers and storms before midnight. Calm wind. Low near 69°F.

Saturday: A mix of clouds and sun, with a 20% chance of storms in the afternoon and evening hours. Southwesterly wind around 5 mph. High near 88°F.

Tonight’s Forecast

The HRRR model has rain to our east, but we should be mostly dry throughout the night. Image Credit: Weatherbell

Tonight, we should see mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the upper 70s in the evening hours. The HRRR model, pictured above, has a few showers and storms popping up just to our east. If you believe the model imagery, we may get a light shower or storm. However, I am doubtful of this model. Current radar trends are overall drier than what the model starts out with. In other words, the model run that you see above seems to be a little “wetter” than what I think we’re actually going to see. At any rate, if we do see a shower or storm, we may see brief periods of heavy rain and lightning. However, I really think most of us will stay dry tonight. Our chances for rain are slim right now, and should go to near zero after midnight tonight. Overnight low temperatures should hang in the upper 60s to near 70°F.

Saturday’s Forecast

Potential high temperatures for Saturday. Image Credit: NAM-WRF 3km model via Weatherbell

We should start the day with a partly cloudy sky. We should see decent amounts of sunshine through the morning and early afternoon hours. However, as the day wears on, and temperatures increase, it will excite the atmosphere enough to increase cloud cover. As a result, the afternoon and evening hours should mostly compose of a mix of clouds and sun. In the end, I think the cloud cover keeps us from hitting a high of 90°F. If we see less cloud cover, we’ll have better chances of hitting the 90°F mark. The GFS model thinks we’ll get there, but that model has been overshooting the high temperature for the last several days, so I don’t put much confidence in it. Overall, I think we top out in the upper 80s.

We could see a stray shower or storm Saturday afternoon/evening. Image Credit: NAM-WRF 3km model via Weatherbell

Given that the atmosphere is pretty moist, the daily convection that we’re used to seeing in the summer might be enough for showers and storms to fire up. Most of us should stay dry. But, if you do get a shower or storm, you may see brief heavy rainfall and lightning. No severe weather is expected. It’ll be quite humid out there, but enjoy your Saturday!

Weather Video of the Day

This is why I’m debating about getting a drone. This is beautiful drone footage that was caught of Lake Ontario early yesterday morning. The views are breathtaking!