Life-threatening surf and rip currents will spread along U.S. East coast beaches in the days ahead as Tropical Storm Arthur kicks up ocean swells offshore, the National Hurricane Center warned on Monday.

It’s another early start for the Atlantic hurricane season: Arthur formed Saturday in waters off Florida, marking the sixth straight year that a named storm has developed before June 1.

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Forecasters say heavy rains are again expected in parts of the flood-ravaged South, prolonging the misery in neighborhoods surrounded by water. Hard-hit central Mississippi was under a flash flood watch Tuesday.

The National Weather Service said rainfall of up to 2 inches — with higher amounts possible in some spots — were expected to fall in a short amount of time in central Mississippi on Tuesday. Forecasters say that could cause flash flooding and worsen ongoing river flooding in the region.

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Rain has caused several travel delays at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after the city experienced severe flooding on its highways.

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The end of the year outlook for Georgia’s main nut crop is mixed. And you can blame both the weather and Chinese tariffs.

Southwest Georgia pecan growers are harvesting as little as 20% of their average crop this year thanks to Hurricane Michael, the storm that downed thousands of trees in 2018. That’s according to Lenny Wells, pecan expert with the UGA Agricultural Extension Service. And while he says, sure, that sounds bad, he’s says he’s still feeling pretty good about 2020.


Below average temperatures are in the forecast beginning Monday night before an expected hard freeze for north and central Georgia Tuesday.

Jason Deese, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said temperatures will start to fall overnight and throughout Tuesday.

"Those temperatures are going to stay there so that the highs for Tuesday don't really get out of the 30s for the northern tier and the 40s for the Atlanta metro," Deese said. 

There's even potential for a wintry mix in far north Georgia.

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Farmers in Georgia have been impacted by a multitude of events in the last few years: hurricanes, stalled aid, trade policy and, on top of that, drought. 

In September, the Southeast saw record heat — with little to no rain. Now, there is lots of rain in the forecast for the coming week. On Second Thought checked in with onion farmer Aries Haygood of A&M Farms in Lyons, Georgia, to hear about the issues impacting farmers.

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It's just a week into October, but it’s been already been a record-breaking month when it comes to high temperatures. 

Atlanta, Athens and Macon saw all-time highs last week.  

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Hurricane evacuees from Georgia’s coast are returning home now that the mandatory order has been lifted.


Meanwhile, the effects of the third evacuation in four years raised questions about how the next evacuation might go.


Georgia Army National Guardsmen are preparing at Ft. Stewart to bring relief to coastal communities recovering from Hurricane Dorian.
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Thousands of Georgians were in wait-and-see mode Wednesday evening as the eye of Hurricane Dorian approached the southeastern shoreline.

Two hundred members of the Georgia National Guard were placed on active duty ahead of the storm.  

Up to 2,000 guardsmen could be activated to help with recovery efforts.

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Intense heat is getting worse with climate change as small increases in temperature can magnify extremes, according to a study by Climate Central, an independent organization of scientists and journalists reporting about climate change and its public impact.

Around the globe, it’s been another summer of blistering heat. Just last month, GPB reported that Georgia could see an average of 77 days each year with a heat index over 105 degrees by the end of the century, according to a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

That’s compared to an average of four days a year from 1971 to 2000.

National Hurricane Center

A tropical depression is likely to form in the Gulf of Mexico and has the potential to produce heavy rainfall by the end of the week, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A trough of low pressure over central Georgia is forecast to move southward toward the northeastern Gulf, where a broad area of low pressure will form in a couple of days, forecasters said Monday.

The system has the potential to bring heavy rain along the northern and eastern U.S. Gulf.


Tuesday’s forecast is calling for another hot day after record breaking temperatures swept across Georgia over the holiday weekend.

Forecasters say the heatwave is expected to continue in the state over the next few days as part of a larger warm up across the Southeast.




Savannah reached 100 degrees on Saturday, tying a record and marking the city's earliest triple-degree day since 1953.


Atlanta also set temperature records on Saturday and Sunday.

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People across the state should expect above average temperatures and wetter than normal conditions this summer. However, that's not the case right now.

A tornado whipped through Southeast Alabama Sunday evening along the Georgia border, causing injuries and property damage through both states. Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency in Grady, Harris and Talbot counties on Monday due to storm damage. The Lee County sheriff said 23 people have died thus far in the Alabama county where the tornado touched down.

GPB's Grant Blankenship joined "On Second Thought" to discuss his reporting on the storm's impact in Georgia. He said affected areas in Georgia are some of the same ones still recovering from Hurricane Michael.



Unusually warm temperatures have led to high pollen counts just a few days into February. 

So far this month, temperatures in Atlanta are more than 10 degrees above normal. Both Augusta and Macon are up by around 7 degrees. Athens, Columbus and Savannah are also seeing higher temperatures.

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Ready to put your winter clothes away? Not so fast. Although temperatures across the state are predicted to reach into the 70s this weekend, cooler than average spring weather is projected to stick around Georgia until at least the beginning of May. In Atlanta, lows have approached century-old records for this time of year. In middle and south Georgia, the National Weather Service projects a 40 percent chance of below normal temperatures. 

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The threat of severe weather is over, but Georgia residents, especially those in Haralson and south Fulton counties, are waking up to serious damage.

Officials with the National Weather Service will investigate today whether the damage was caused by a tornado or tornadoes.

Should Georgia Expect Some Snow? Forecasters Say So

Dec 6, 2017
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An inch of snow may be coming for Atlanta Friday night, do you know where your bread and milk are?

Forecasters called for a mix of snow and sleet Friday in several states, causing heartache for Southerners who have endured epic traffic jams at the first sign of wintry weather.

The good news is that while up to an inch of snow may fall by Friday night, the ground temperatures should be warm enough to melt it quickly.

South Storm: Fender Benders, Food Runs, Disrupted Inaugural

Jan 6, 2017
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UPDATE 6:39 p.m.

A winter storm stalking the South disrupted a new governor's inaugural ceremonies in North Carolina, triggered hundreds of fender benders in Tennessee and led shoppers to empty out shelves of bread and milk.

Road workers manning 12-hour shifts rushed to pre-treat roads as states of emergency were declared in Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas as the storm closed in amid threats of snow, sleet, freezing rain and gusting winds.

Rains Douse Worst Drought Conditions In Southeast

Jan 5, 2017

Weeks of rains have eliminated the worst drought conditions in the Southeast, but nearly three-quarters of the region remains well below normal in rainfall.

An analysis released Thursday by the National Drought Mitigation Center shows none of the Southeast is classified as being in an exceptional drought anymore. The improvement follows storms and showers that have moved through the region since early December.

At leave five people have been killed after strong storms pummeled the Southeast on Monday.

One man in the Florida Panhandle drowned. And four people died in southern Alabama when a tree fell on their mobile home.

The mobile home was in the small town of Rehobeth, near the Florida-Alabama line, Andrew Yeager of NPR member station WBHM in Birmingham, Ala., reported. He added:

South Bracing For More Severe Storms, Rain

Jan 3, 2017

At least five people have been killed as severe storms moved across the Southeast, bringing heavy rain and strong winds.

The line of severe thunderstorms spawned several possible tornadoes, and the threat continued into Tuesday moring for southern Alabama, southwest Georgia and the Florida Panhandle.

Four people were killed Monday evening when a tree fell on their mobile home in Rehobeth, Alabama, said Kris Ware, a spokeswoman for the Dothan Houston County Emergency Management Agency.

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drought conditions

Right now, Georgia is in the middle of a serious drought. Rising temperatures and lack of rainfall have affected a number of counties throughout the state.  The National Drought Monitor Center has found that more than 50 counties in Georgia are in “extreme” drought.

We speak with Jac Capp from the Environmental Protection Division and Weather Channel senior meteorologist Jonathan Erdman about a dry end to summer and water conservation in the Peach State. 

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Summer in Georgia is always hot, but if you feel like 2016 has been warmer than normal, you're right. The temperature in Atlanta was higher than average every single day during the month of July. Climate experts say this year could go down as the hottest on record.

We talk with University of Georgia agricultural climatologist Pam Knox about the trend and what it means for everyone who lives and works in the Peach State.

NOAA National Hurricane Center

A tropical storm off the Southeastern coast caused flooding in several Savannah streets Memorial Day weekend.


The National Weather Service is encouraging residents to remain well guarded against flood areas and seek alternate routes. Officials say never attempt to drive through standing water.


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While tornado watches are set to expire into Friday evening, The National Weather Service is investigating what, if any, of the wind damage that came from storms that hit Georgia early Friday morning was caused by tornadoes.


In all, the National Weather Service issued seven tornado warnings in Georgia between 3 a.m. and noon Friday.