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In my prior blog post I talked about the higher than normal uncertainty and resultant lower than typical confidence in the medium-range forecast 5-10 day outlook.

Confidence in the forecast is increasing now. I will update as needed through the weekend and next week.

As of now it looks dry and chilly for Thanksgiving travel and shopping in North Georgia.

For now, this graphic from WPC/NOAA represents the best estimate consensus national outlook:

WxBell GFS and ECMWF Ensemble temperature guidance:

SIMULATED SATELLITE MID-DAY THANKSGIVING THURSDAY:

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FOLLOW me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB

News

  • Well-known civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson announced Friday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. >> Read more trending news “Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it,” he wrote in a statement released Friday. “For me, a Parkinson’s diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression.”
  • A Gwinnett County family is trying to make sense of the murder of their husband and father outside their home in a Buford subdivision overnight Thursday. The victim, identified as 43-year-old George Young, was shot dead right outside his own front door. He had just come home from working a security job and his keys were still in the front door when he was shot twice. “I heard two loud gunshots,” says his wife Tia. “At first, I thought it was gunshots, but I wasn’t sure what it was. I wasn’t sure if it was firecrackers.” Her brother, who was asleep on the couch, heard it too. He opened the door to find Young lying on the front porch. “I never heard a car speed off. My brother didn’t either,” says Tia. Gwinnett Police detectives told the woman it does not appear to have been a robbery. “We don’t know where the gunshots came from--whether they came from the porch or came from the street. But our ultimate motive, right now, is to figure out what other people heard,” says Cpl. Michele Pihera. She is asking anyone with information to come forward to police. Tia and her husband had been married close to 23 years and she wonders how she will continue alone raising their three sons. “I lost my dad a few years back to suicide, and I didn’t think it could any worse. But losing a spouse like this, I think it tops that,” she says.
  • The body of an Atlanta-based rapper who was reported missing last week has been found.  According to the Macon County Sheriff's Department, the bodies of Edward Reeves, 29, known as Bambino Gold, and Kendrick Stokes, 30, known as Skooly Kee Da Tooly, were found Friday and Saturday morning.  The first body was discovered Friday night, in a wooded area off County Road 13. The second body was found Saturday morning in the woods off Highway 80, about four miles away from where the first body was found.  TRENDING STORIES: Another cheating scandal: APS police chief disciplines 17 officers, dispatcher Lawsuit: Sun Dial restaurant ‘had no protections' to stop 5-year-old's death Woman carjacked, kidnapped while pumping gas The two were reported missing Nov. 7 and were last heard from on Nov. 5.   Channel 2's Audrey Washington spoke with Reeves’ girlfriend by phone last Friday morning. She did not want to be named, but said she last spoke to him the Sunday before.  “He seemed fine ... like nothing was wrong with him,” his girlfriend said. “I’m trying to not think about nothing being wrong. I’m trying to think positive.”  Police said they were driving a white 2016 Honda CRV with a Georgia license plate. 
  • The Latest on President Donald Trump's decision to delay new policy on importation of elephant trophies from two African countries (all times local):11:30 a.m.A Republican congressman is praising President Donald Trump's decision to delay a new policy allowing trophies of African elephants shot for sport to be brought into the country.But Rep. Vern Buchanan, who co-chairs the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, says more needs to be done to protect African elephants from extinction. He says sport hunting of the endangered species is 'shameful' and calls for a permanent ban.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday it would allow the importation of elephant trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe, arguing that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the animals would help raise money for conservation programs.After animal rights advocates and environmental groups criticized the decision, Trump said late Friday he was delaying the new policy until he can review 'all conservation facts.'___11:20 a.m.President Donald Trump says he's delaying a new policy allowing trophies of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review 'all conservation facts.'He announced the delay late Friday following criticism from several quarters, including environmentalists, animal rights activists and some lawmakers from his own party.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it would allow such importation, arguing that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the threatened species would help raise money for conservation programs.Animal rights advocates and environmental groups criticized the decision. California Rep. Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urged the administration to reverse the policy, calling it the 'wrong move at the wrong time.
  • President Donald Trump said he's delaying a new policy allowing trophies of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review 'all conservation facts.'The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it would allow such importation, arguing that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the threatened species would help raise money for conservation programs.Animal rights advocates and environmental groups criticized the decision. California Rep. Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urged the administration to reverse the policy, calling it the 'wrong move at the wrong time.'Trump tweeted Friday that the policy had been 'under study for years.' He said he would put the decision 'on hold' and review it with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.Zinke issued a statement later Friday saying: 'President Trump and I have talked and both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical. As a result, in a manner compliant with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, the issuing of permits is being put on hold as the decision is being reviewed.'U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Florida Republican who co-chairs the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, on Saturday said Trump's delay was a 'step in the right direction,' but more needs to be done to protect the species from extinction. In his statement, Buchanan called the sport hunting of African elephants 'shameful' and said the U.S. should support a permanent ban.Royce questioned the action because of concerns not only about African wildlife but U.S. national security, citing the political upheaval in Zimbabwe, where the longtime president was placed under house arrest this week by the military.'The administration should withdraw this decision until Zimbabwe stabilizes,' the committee chairman said in a statement. 'Elephants and other big game in Africa are blood currency for terrorist organizations, and they are being killed at an alarming rate. Stopping poaching isn't just about saving the world's most majestic animals for the future — it's about our national security.'The Fish and Wildlife Service said in a written notice issued Thursday that permitting parts of elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia to be brought back as trophies will raise money for conservation programs. The change marks a shift in efforts to stop the importation of elephant tusks and hides, overriding a 2014 ban imposed by the Obama administration. The new policy applies to the remains of African elephants killed between January 2016 and December 2018.'Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve those species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,' the agency said in a statement.Royce said that when carefully regulated, conservation hunts could help the wildlife population, but 'that said, this is the wrong move at the wrong time.'He described the perilous situation in Zimbabwe, where the U.S. Embassy has advised Americans to limit their travel outdoors.'In this moment of turmoil, I have zero confidence that the regime — which for years has promoted corruption at the highest levels — is properly managing and regulating conservation programs,' Royce said. 'Furthermore, I am not convinced that elephant populations in the area warrant overconcentration measures.'The world's largest land mammal, the African elephant has been classified as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act since 1979.Illicit demand for elephant ivory has led to devastating losses from illegal poaching as the natural habitat available for the animals to roam has also dwindled by more than half. As a result, the number of African elephants has shrunk from about 5 million a century ago to about 400,000 remaining. And that number continues to decline each year.Two other lawmakers, Reps. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., co-chairs of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, assailed the administration's decision.'We should not encourage the hunting and slaughter of these magnificent creatures,' Buchanan said. 'We don't get a second chance once a species becomes extinct.'One group that advocates for endangered species called for more action after Trump's Friday night tweet. 'It's great that public outrage has forced Trump to reconsider this despicable decision, but it takes more than a tweet to stop trophy hunters from slaughtering elephants and lions,' said Tanya Sanerib, senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. 'We need immediate federal action to reverse these policies and protect these amazing animals.'___Associated Press writer Darlene Superville contributed to this report.
  • LaVar Ball downplayed President Donald Trump’s role in having his son and two other UCLA basketball players released from custody after a shoplifting incident in China, ESPN reported. >> Read more trending news/ “Who? What was (Trump) over there for? Don’t tell me nothing,” Ball told ESPN. “Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.” LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley had been detained in China for the past week on suspicion of shoplifting. The three players returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday and were indefinitely suspended by the team. Trump, who returned from Asia late Tuesday, said he raised the question of releasing the players when he spoke with China’s president, Xi Jinping, during a trip to Beijing last week, ESPN reported. The players were questioned about allegedly stealing from three stores in Hangzhou, including sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel. They were released on bail on Nov. 8, ESPN reported. 'As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine,' Ball told ESPN. 'I'm happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.' I'm from L.A. I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses.  “Everybody gets stuck on the negativity of some things and they get stuck on them too long. That's not me. I handle what's going on and then we go from there.”
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In my prior blog post I talked about the higher than normal uncertainty and resultant lower than typical confidence in the medium-range forecast 5-10 day outlook.

Confidence in the forecast is increasing now. I will update as needed through the weekend and next week.

As of now it looks dry and chilly for Thanksgiving travel and shopping in North Georgia.

For now, this graphic from WPC/NOAA represents the best estimate consensus national outlook:

WxBell GFS and ECMWF Ensemble temperature guidance:

SIMULATED SATELLITE MID-DAY THANKSGIVING THURSDAY:

WxBell

FOLLOW me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB

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Kirk Mellish's Weather Blog

In my prior blog post I talked about the higher than normal uncertainty and resultant lower than typical confidence in the medium-range forecast 5-10 day outlook.

Confidence in the forecast is increasing now. I will update as needed through the weekend and next week.

As of now it looks dry and chilly for Thanksgiving travel and shopping in North Georgia.

For now, this graphic from WPC/NOAA represents the best estimate consensus national outlook:

WxBell GFS and ECMWF Ensemble temperature guidance:

SIMULATED SATELLITE MID-DAY THANKSGIVING THURSDAY:

WxBell

FOLLOW me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB

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News

  • Well-known civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson announced Friday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. >> Read more trending news “Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it,” he wrote in a statement released Friday. “For me, a Parkinson’s diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression.”
  • A Gwinnett County family is trying to make sense of the murder of their husband and father outside their home in a Buford subdivision overnight Thursday. The victim, identified as 43-year-old George Young, was shot dead right outside his own front door. He had just come home from working a security job and his keys were still in the front door when he was shot twice. “I heard two loud gunshots,” says his wife Tia. “At first, I thought it was gunshots, but I wasn’t sure what it was. I wasn’t sure if it was firecrackers.” Her brother, who was asleep on the couch, heard it too. He opened the door to find Young lying on the front porch. “I never heard a car speed off. My brother didn’t either,” says Tia. Gwinnett Police detectives told the woman it does not appear to have been a robbery. “We don’t know where the gunshots came from--whether they came from the porch or came from the street. But our ultimate motive, right now, is to figure out what other people heard,” says Cpl. Michele Pihera. She is asking anyone with information to come forward to police. Tia and her husband had been married close to 23 years and she wonders how she will continue alone raising their three sons. “I lost my dad a few years back to suicide, and I didn’t think it could any worse. But losing a spouse like this, I think it tops that,” she says.
  • The body of an Atlanta-based rapper who was reported missing last week has been found.  According to the Macon County Sheriff's Department, the bodies of Edward Reeves, 29, known as Bambino Gold, and Kendrick Stokes, 30, known as Skooly Kee Da Tooly, were found Friday and Saturday morning.  The first body was discovered Friday night, in a wooded area off County Road 13. The second body was found Saturday morning in the woods off Highway 80, about four miles away from where the first body was found.  TRENDING STORIES: Another cheating scandal: APS police chief disciplines 17 officers, dispatcher Lawsuit: Sun Dial restaurant ‘had no protections' to stop 5-year-old's death Woman carjacked, kidnapped while pumping gas The two were reported missing Nov. 7 and were last heard from on Nov. 5.   Channel 2's Audrey Washington spoke with Reeves’ girlfriend by phone last Friday morning. She did not want to be named, but said she last spoke to him the Sunday before.  “He seemed fine ... like nothing was wrong with him,” his girlfriend said. “I’m trying to not think about nothing being wrong. I’m trying to think positive.”  Police said they were driving a white 2016 Honda CRV with a Georgia license plate. 
  • The Latest on President Donald Trump's decision to delay new policy on importation of elephant trophies from two African countries (all times local):11:30 a.m.A Republican congressman is praising President Donald Trump's decision to delay a new policy allowing trophies of African elephants shot for sport to be brought into the country.But Rep. Vern Buchanan, who co-chairs the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, says more needs to be done to protect African elephants from extinction. He says sport hunting of the endangered species is 'shameful' and calls for a permanent ban.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday it would allow the importation of elephant trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe, arguing that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the animals would help raise money for conservation programs.After animal rights advocates and environmental groups criticized the decision, Trump said late Friday he was delaying the new policy until he can review 'all conservation facts.'___11:20 a.m.President Donald Trump says he's delaying a new policy allowing trophies of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review 'all conservation facts.'He announced the delay late Friday following criticism from several quarters, including environmentalists, animal rights activists and some lawmakers from his own party.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it would allow such importation, arguing that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the threatened species would help raise money for conservation programs.Animal rights advocates and environmental groups criticized the decision. California Rep. Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urged the administration to reverse the policy, calling it the 'wrong move at the wrong time.
  • President Donald Trump said he's delaying a new policy allowing trophies of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review 'all conservation facts.'The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it would allow such importation, arguing that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the threatened species would help raise money for conservation programs.Animal rights advocates and environmental groups criticized the decision. California Rep. Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urged the administration to reverse the policy, calling it the 'wrong move at the wrong time.'Trump tweeted Friday that the policy had been 'under study for years.' He said he would put the decision 'on hold' and review it with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.Zinke issued a statement later Friday saying: 'President Trump and I have talked and both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical. As a result, in a manner compliant with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, the issuing of permits is being put on hold as the decision is being reviewed.'U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Florida Republican who co-chairs the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, on Saturday said Trump's delay was a 'step in the right direction,' but more needs to be done to protect the species from extinction. In his statement, Buchanan called the sport hunting of African elephants 'shameful' and said the U.S. should support a permanent ban.Royce questioned the action because of concerns not only about African wildlife but U.S. national security, citing the political upheaval in Zimbabwe, where the longtime president was placed under house arrest this week by the military.'The administration should withdraw this decision until Zimbabwe stabilizes,' the committee chairman said in a statement. 'Elephants and other big game in Africa are blood currency for terrorist organizations, and they are being killed at an alarming rate. Stopping poaching isn't just about saving the world's most majestic animals for the future — it's about our national security.'The Fish and Wildlife Service said in a written notice issued Thursday that permitting parts of elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia to be brought back as trophies will raise money for conservation programs. The change marks a shift in efforts to stop the importation of elephant tusks and hides, overriding a 2014 ban imposed by the Obama administration. The new policy applies to the remains of African elephants killed between January 2016 and December 2018.'Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve those species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,' the agency said in a statement.Royce said that when carefully regulated, conservation hunts could help the wildlife population, but 'that said, this is the wrong move at the wrong time.'He described the perilous situation in Zimbabwe, where the U.S. Embassy has advised Americans to limit their travel outdoors.'In this moment of turmoil, I have zero confidence that the regime — which for years has promoted corruption at the highest levels — is properly managing and regulating conservation programs,' Royce said. 'Furthermore, I am not convinced that elephant populations in the area warrant overconcentration measures.'The world's largest land mammal, the African elephant has been classified as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act since 1979.Illicit demand for elephant ivory has led to devastating losses from illegal poaching as the natural habitat available for the animals to roam has also dwindled by more than half. As a result, the number of African elephants has shrunk from about 5 million a century ago to about 400,000 remaining. And that number continues to decline each year.Two other lawmakers, Reps. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., co-chairs of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, assailed the administration's decision.'We should not encourage the hunting and slaughter of these magnificent creatures,' Buchanan said. 'We don't get a second chance once a species becomes extinct.'One group that advocates for endangered species called for more action after Trump's Friday night tweet. 'It's great that public outrage has forced Trump to reconsider this despicable decision, but it takes more than a tweet to stop trophy hunters from slaughtering elephants and lions,' said Tanya Sanerib, senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. 'We need immediate federal action to reverse these policies and protect these amazing animals.'___Associated Press writer Darlene Superville contributed to this report.
  • LaVar Ball downplayed President Donald Trump’s role in having his son and two other UCLA basketball players released from custody after a shoplifting incident in China, ESPN reported. >> Read more trending news/ “Who? What was (Trump) over there for? Don’t tell me nothing,” Ball told ESPN. “Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.” LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley had been detained in China for the past week on suspicion of shoplifting. The three players returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday and were indefinitely suspended by the team. Trump, who returned from Asia late Tuesday, said he raised the question of releasing the players when he spoke with China’s president, Xi Jinping, during a trip to Beijing last week, ESPN reported. The players were questioned about allegedly stealing from three stores in Hangzhou, including sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel. They were released on bail on Nov. 8, ESPN reported. 'As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine,' Ball told ESPN. 'I'm happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.' I'm from L.A. I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses.  “Everybody gets stuck on the negativity of some things and they get stuck on them too long. That's not me. I handle what's going on and then we go from there.”