MACON, Georgia. (41 NBC/WMGT) – The atmosphere has been crazy busy lately, producing multiple systems across the United States and developing in the tropics. Here is a brief synopsis of what you can expect as we finish out the work week and head into Labor Day weekend.
TODAY: Tropical Depression Eight is off the coast of North Carolina right now. Winds have been breezy here in middle Georgia, coming from the north/northeast (thanks to TD 8) at 5-10 mph with wind gusts up to 20 mph. As far as precipitation, a few storms are possible this afternoon as more moisture builds in from the Atlantic Ocean. Showers and storms should be isolated in nature, and they will be moving in a general pattern from east to west.
TOMORROW: Tomorrow we will have two systems moving towards central Georgia. First off, Tropical Depression Nine will be moving northeast in the Gulf of Mexico. It is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm. There is a slight chance that it may even become a hurricane before making landfall along northwest Florida, but it’s most likely to stay a tropical storm. This system will push more moisture and possibly rain bands into southern Georgia. Approaching from the north, a cold front will attempt to slip into northern Georgia by Thursday evening. These two systems moving towards the same general area will put us in a squeeze play, and force some precipitation out of the atmosphere over middle Georgia. Therefore, rain chances are higher for Thursday – storms will be scattered across central Georgia by the afternoon.
FRIDAY: The biggest concern for Friday will be the track of Tropical Depression Nine. Yesterday evening, the models were showing the storm system staying in south Georgia and moving along the GA, SC, NC coastlines in the next coming days. This morning and afternoon, some models have shifted the track a bit more northward. Right now, it looks like the tropical depression will stay south and east of Macon, but heavy rainfall may occur in locations such as Laurens County and in south/east central Georgia. We will definitely be monitoring the models as new updates come in and keeping you posted with the latest information.
LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Heading into Labor Day weekend, Tropical Depression Nine will have cleared the Georgia coastline and will be moving northeast along the East coast. It is shaping up to be a beautiful weekend here in middle Georgia! Thanks to the cold front bringing in cooler air, morning lows will drop into the midddle 60’s. High temperatures will stay around normal for this time of year – upper 80’s on Saturday, low 90’s on Sunday and Monday. Drier air will move through the Peach state, dropping humidity. At this time, no rain is expected through Monday – just sunny skies!
Read a detailed explanation and analysis of this week’s weather on Meteorologist Kristen Kennedy’s forecast blog: www.kkennedywx.tumblr.com
As always, download the 41 First Alert Storm Team App in the Google Play and App Store for quick forecast updates.