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Cooler Weather Blankets GA

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(MGN photo: Masaki Ikeda)

Cooler Weather!
For the last four days, we forecasted that cooler weather was coming and its finally here! Get the jacket and blanket because you will need it.

Mother Nature has been acting like a pendulum with temperatures first being 7-10° above normal last week. Now it seems we will be going 7-10° below normal in some parts of our viewing area. I anticipate over the next 2 days some parts of our inland areas will see lows in the mid to upper 40s. If you live on the coast, temperatures will be hovering around the mid-50s. We have a high pressure system that has settled right over our region and its allowing cooler air from the North to blanket our area.

The good news is we have a dry stretch for the next 4 days. The next chance of rain will likely be Monday of next week. So you can put the umbrella away however morning temperatures will be in the 50s for the next three days.

By the weekend, lows will rebound to normal which should be in the low to mid 60s.

The Tropics

This year has been one of the busiest of the last three years. Back in 2014, we only had 9 named storms which includes Tropical Depressions, Tropical Storms and Hurricanes. Since 2014, we have averaged about 2 to 3 additional storms each year. Last year, we had 16 named storms. This year, we’ve already had 15 named storms including Hurricane Ophelia. The National Hurricane Center forecasted 14-19 storms this year and so far their predictions have been spot on.

One of the reasons why we have had such an active season this year is because the temperature of the Atlantic Ocean has been warmer. These storms require that warmth not only to form but to grow in intensity. It’s like gasoline for your car. The more gas your car handle, the farther your car can go. The higher the temperature, the more powerful storms can get.

For the next 48 hours, we don't anticipate any Tropical Storm formations. Woo-hoo!

However, I do anticipate 2-4 additional storms forming before the end of the Hurricane season which is at the end of November. Will Savannah get clipped again similar to Tropical Storm Irma? I hope not however the data looks like where in for at least one more close call.