Georgia weather

The National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The latest drought monitor report notes pockets of “extreme drought” appearing across Georgia. As of Oct. 8, 2019, areas north and south of Atlanta, in central Georgia and near the South Carolina border, are currently experiencing dry conditions characterized by major damage to agriculture.

Dry conditions were also met with heat, with an October heatwave setting multiple new records across the state.

Greg Postel, meteorologist at The Weather Channel, joined On Second Thought to look at long term trends and what weather patterns are in store for fall and winter.

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Six people were injured Saturday when lightning struck a 60-foot pine at the Tour Championship where they were taking cover from rain and showered them with debris, Atlanta police said.

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From Columbus to the metro Atlanta area and east to Athens, the state has been saturated by rain.

The precipitation combined with warm weather means an increased threat of mosquitos. Some 4 inches of rain fell in Atlanta last Saturday alone, and so far this year about 26 inches have poured on the area.

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From the devastation of Hurricane Michael to trade tariffs, Georgia farmers have faced months of uncertainty. After stalled disaster and tariff aid packages, American farmers are still struggling while being shuffled around the political gameboard. 


Mark Peele is a cotton grower and president of the South Central Georgia Gin Company. He joined On Second Thought on the line from Berrien County to talk about the outlook — and mindset — of Georgia farmers. Jeffrey Harvey, director of the Georgia Farm Bureau's Public Policy Department, also joined the conversation from GPB's studio in Macon.



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Update Sunday, April 14 at 2:58 p.m.

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Three more deaths are confirmed from powerful storms sweeping through the southern United States, bringing the death toll to at least six.


In Louisiana, Deputy Glenn Springfield of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Department said Sunday that two people died in floodwaters Saturday.

The track of several storms over the next couple of weeks will bring rounds of drenching rain to the Interstate-95 corridor in the South and raise the risk of flooding in Atlanta and other cities, according to

Following rounds of rain this weekend, multiple storms will then follow next week and raise the risk of flooding in parts of the South.

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Don’t panic, ice storms won’t be returning to Atlanta on Super Bowl Sunday.

The last time Atlanta hosted the massive event, 19 years ago, two ice storms froze roads, caused major power outages and spoiled game day.

But fans can expect 61 degrees on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

RELATED: Meet Some Of The 10,000 Volunteers Bringing You The Super Bowl


On this edition of Political Rewind, as wintry weather moves into the state Gov. Kemp is making plans to minimize the impact it might have on residents in the northern part of the state.

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If you look outside and feel like it’s been raining forever, you aren’t far off. Across the state, counties and cities tracked record rainfall in 2018.  

Athens experienced its wettest year in more than two decades, according to the National Weather Service. And metro Atlanta recorded a total of 70.03 inches of rainfall in 2018, securing its place as the second wettest year on record.


UPDATED: Atlanta had a total of 70.03 inches of rainfall in 2018, securing its place as the second wettest year on record. The first place year for rainfall remains 71.45 inches in 1948.

ORIGINAL STORY: Expect mild temperatures and just a bit more rain by the time the peach drops in Atlanta this New Year's Eve.

We'll ring in the new year just under the record for most rainfall since 1948, when the Weather Bureau (now the National Weather Service) began keeping weather records for Atlanta on Oct. 1, 1878.

Flash Flood Watch, Rain Expected Through Year's End

Dec 27, 2018

Georgia may have seen its last sunny sky of 2018.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch to take effect at 7 p.m. Thursday. Everyone north of Columbus in the far western part of the state to the metro Atlanta area and north of Athens is expected to see heavy rainfall into Friday morning.

Rain beginning Thursday afternoon could accumulate to 1.5 to 3 inches by Saturday morning, NWS predicts.

North Georgia is also under a wind advisory through Friday with strong gusts up to 40 mph possible.

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Emergency crews are working to get some White County roads reopened after severe flooding earlier this week, according to the National Weather Service.

Storms dropped more than 14 inches in the last week and more is on the way Friday through the weekend. Forecasters warn of a "hazardous weather outlook," with the possibility of damaging winds and hail in the afternoon.