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  • Eclipse weather today

    Not a clear sky in the Atlanta Metro area this afternoon and not guaranteed dry but conditions look optimistic as most of us stay dry.

    As of now it still looks like the majority of us in Metro Atlanta/North Georgia will be able to see all or MOST of the eclipse during the approximately 3 hour window of the event.

    For Atlanta northward mostly clear to start the day, then a mix of high level thin cirrus clouds and scattered fair weather cumulus clouds will be on the increase during the course of the afternoon, a stray thundershower far NE and far [More]

  • Clouds and the Eclipse

    As of now it still looks like the majority of us in Metro Atlanta/North Georgia will be able to see MOST or at least some of the eclipse during the approximately 3 hour window of the event.

    For Atlanta northward I expect very few clouds to start the day, then a mix of high level thin cirrus clouds and scattered fair weather cumulus clouds will be on the increase during the course of the afternoon, a stray thundershower far NE and far South can not be ruled out but most of us stay dry.

    Special coverage shows on the radio all day!

    MODEL [More]

  • Regional Eclipse cloud outlook

    As of now it still looks like the majority of us in Metro Atlanta/North Georgia will be able to see MOST or at least some of the eclipse during the approximately 3 hour window of the event.

    For Atlanta northward I expect very few clouds to start the day, then a mix of high level thin cirrus clouds and scattered fair weather cumulus clouds will be on the increase during the course of the afternoon, a stray thundershower can not be ruled out but most of us stay dry.

    Special coverage shows on the radio all day!

    MONDAY AM SURFACE WEATHER MAP:

    REGIONAL CLOUD [More]

  • Weather Eclipse Day

    A lot can change between now and then because the uncertain location of a front expected to be in the region will play a significant role in sky condition and thunderstorm risk.

    As of now I would say I am cautiously optimistic about viewing conditions in the Metro area. Conditions look a bit MORE FAVORABLE in Tennessee and North Carolina, and LESS favorable in South Carolina and South side of Atlanta and Central/South Georgia.

    We will probably start the day mostly sunny, then the humidity will lift into a scattering of fair weather cumulus clouds for the afternoon hours giving us intervals [More]

  • Eclipse Day Weather

    The last eclipse of significance in Georgia was March 7 1970. The next one of significance 2045.

    A lot can change between now and then because the uncertain location of a front expected to be in the region will play a significant role in sky condition and thunderstorm risk.

    As of now I would say I am cautiously optimistic about viewing conditions in the Metro area. Conditions look a bit MORE FAVORABLE in Tennessee and North Carolina, and LESS favorable in South Carolina and South side of Atlanta and Central/South Georgia.

    We will probably start the day mostly sunny, then the humidity will [More]

  • Clouds and weather eclipse day

    I will do frequent updates of weather trends for viewing the eclipse. Check back often.

    The next eclipse of this scale not until 2045.

    See all my previous blog posts for details and links on the eclipse. My FIRST blog on this subject was August 1st.

    From this distance anyway, Monday looks like a more or less routine late summer day in Georgia and much of the Southeastern United States.

    That means a blend of clouds and sunshine for most of the state with some thin high level clouds along with a typical field of heat and humidity induced scattered to broken cumulus clouds [More]

  • Eclipse and weather

    Yes, there have been other eclipses, maybe even in your lifetime. But this one is bigger and better for North America in general and the USA in particular.

    The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from the contiguous United States was on Feb. 26, 1979, when the path of totality stretched through the northwestern states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, according to NASA via al.com

    The last five solar eclipses visible in the U.S. occurred on:

    July 11, 1991 Feb. 26, 1979 July 10, 1972 March 7, 1970 July 20, 1963

    The Aug. [More]

  • Not so hot

    It was just LAST summer that went into the record books as Atlanta’s second hottest summer after 1980. Things are just a bit different this year! Perhaps the La Nina effect.

    There were 17 heat records broken or tied in 2016. In fact every season had record warm temperatures last year.

    This summer we’ve not had many 90 degree days, and we have had zero days of 95 or above. The average LAST date of 95 is today, August 11th. This also marks the END of “the dog days of summer”.

    Most of our summers since 2009 have been extremely hot, for that [More]

  • Stuck in a weather rut

    In the previous blog posts and on Twitter I already explained in general why we are not having the high heat and dryness so common to many of our summers in recent decades.

    The upper level Sonoran and Bermuda high pressure cells have never developed over our region or do so briefly and weakly. Normally they displace the active storm track toward Canada suppressing rainfall and building heat.

    Instead we keep getting upper level troughs or gaps in the ridges, allowing fronts and low pressures systems to make there way from the north unusually far south. At the same time and active [More]

  • Abnormal summer weather worrisome for eclipse viewing in Georgia

    I am guessing you’ve noticed the weather has been weird for many months now. A warm and dry winter-spring brought extreme drought. Then it turned on a dime and it became unusually wet, the drought vanished replaced by sporadic flooding, and sun tanning weather has been hard to come bye.

    There are indications of these back and forth swings to continue this month, at least the first half being much like the past couple months…a decided lack of long hot dry sunny spells.

    While the August 21 eclipse weather obviously is unknown at this point, the distant look leading up to it [More]

News

  • A former lottery computer programmer who admitted to rigging computers to enable him to pick winning numbers and cheat four states out of $2.2 million in several lottery games over six years was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison in Iowa on Tuesday. 'I regret my actions and I'm sorry for the people I hurt,' said Eddie Tipton, 54, the former information technology manager for the Multi-State Lottery Association, a central Iowa organization that provides number-picking computers for lotteries in 33 states the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tipton's voice quivered when asked by Judge Brad McCall to speak during the sentencing hearing. After McCall issued the sentence, Tipton was handcuffed and taken away by sheriff's deputies. Under Iowa law, Tipton is likely to serve far less than 25 years — probably between three and five years, said Iowa Assistant Attorney General Rob Sand, who prosecuted the case. The Iowa Board of Parole will ultimately determine how long he's behind bars. 'I think when you're an insider who abuses your position of trust and privilege you should expect to see the inside of a jail cell,' Sand said. Tipton's attorney asked McCall to give Tipton probation in Iowa, arguing his client was unfairly being treated far more harshly than other people involved in the scheme. As part of his plea deal, Tipton also admitted to committing theft by fraud and a computer crime in Wisconsin, where he'll be sentenced Sept. 18. The agreement allows him to serve his Wisconsin sentence — likely to be three to four years — at the same time he serves the Iowa prison sentence. Tipton also agreed to repay the $2.2 million to the four states from which he rigged games and jackpots were paid, but he told McCall it's unclear how he will get the money. He said he hopes to study ministry and get a job in that field after prison. 'Hopefully you're going to get rid of that greed and gain a little common sense during your prison stay,' McCall said. Tipton helped write the computer code behind several U.S. lottery games, including some of its biggest including Powerball, Mega Millions and Hot Lotto. He worked for the lottery association from 2003 until 2015 and was its computer information security director for his last two years there. Tipton admitted in June to installing code that prompted the computers to produce predictable numbers only on certain days. Tipton said he gave the numbers to his brother, Tommy Tipton, and longtime friend Robert Rhodes and others to play and often split the winnings with them. Tommy Tipton is serving a 75-day jail sentence in Texas after pleading guilty to a theft charge. Rhodes is expected to get probation when he's sentenced on Aug. 25 for a computer crime charge. The games Eddie Tipton fixed included Colorado Lotto in November 2005, Megabucks in Wisconsin in December 2007, 2by2 in Kansas and Hot Lotto in Iowa in December 2010, and Hot Lotto in Oklahoma in November 2011. Iowa Lottery officials became suspicious and never paid the jackpot when Tipton and Rhodes tried to cash a $14 million Iowa Hot Lotto ticket bought in 2010. 'Eddie Tipton had the keys to the kingdom and those are the things we changed immediately to make sure any equipment he touched was removed and we continue to look ahead and make sure we have those checks and balances as we proceed,' Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich said. ___ Follow David Pitt on Twitter at https://twitter.com/davepitt ___ Sign up for the AP's weekly newsletter showcasing our best reporting from the Midwest and Texas: http://apne.ws/2u1RMfv
  • Two Georgia police officers were arrested Tuesday on charges related to child abuse. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, 47-year-old Tracy Jones and 36-year-old Rosemary Jones were arrested in Sylvester and booked into the Worth County Jail. The GBI says it was asked to investigate allegations of the couple mistreating their adopted children. Tracey Jones, an officer with the Jacksonville Police Department, was charged with two felony counts of cruelty to children in the first degree. Rosemary Jones, an officer with the Poulan Police Department, was charged with two counts of cruelty to children in the first degree, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of false imprisonment.
  • Peachtree City Little Leaguer Jayce Blalock, whose grand slam during a game made headlines earlier this month, is back at it again – this time at SunTrust Park. Video of the 13-year-old’s 375-foot shot into the trees during a game against a South Carolina team was viewed more than 1 million times. The Atlanta Braves tweeted videos Tuesday of Blalock hitting another 375-foot shot at SunTrust Park.  You've seen Peachtree City Little Leaguer Jayce Blalock hit a 375 foot shot in the trees. Now, he's conquered @SunTrustPark! pic.twitter.com/uTPjlu0oT6 — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 22, 2017 Upon further review, 13-year-old Jayce Blalock went mammo! Yes, 13. pic.twitter.com/oOPJfbnVLp — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 22, 2017 Here's Blalock's grand slam from earlier this month:  'They said he could hit it into the trees ...' You were saying? #LLWS pic.twitter.com/QcWJnimLnV — Little League (@LittleLeague) August 6, 2017  
  • The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Arizona (all times PDT): 2:50 p.m. President Donald Trump is greeting service members at a Marine Corps base in the 106-degree heat of Yuma, Arizona. Trump is also signing caps with his 'Make America Great Again' campaign slogan and posing for selfies on the tarmac just steps away from Air Force One. Trump is visiting with service members after touring the base. It's a hub of operations for the U.S. Border Patrol. The president made no formal remarks while in Yuma. His next stop is Phoenix for the latest in a series of campaign rallies. The visit is Trump's first out West since he took office in January. ___ 2:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is reviewing equipment used by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol during a stop in Yuma, Arizona. Agents are telling Trump about a Predator drone, helicopter and boat, which are on display in a hangar at the base. Trump patted the side of the drone. Trump also is greeting dozens of border patrol and immigration and customs enforcement agents. He shook hands as they showed him everyday items, such as a fire extinguisher, that have been refashioned to smuggle drugs across the border. Trump is expected to greet Marines before heading to a campaign rally in Phoenix. ___ 2:15 p.m. A spokeswoman for President Donald Trump says he will not pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio (ahr-PY'-oh) while visiting Arizona. Trump sparked speculation about a possible pardon when he told Fox News in a recent interview that he was considering issuing one. But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters traveling with Trump on Tuesday that 'there will be no discussion of that today at any point, and no action will be taken on that front at any point today.' Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff, was recently convicted in federal court of disobeying court orders to stop his immigration patrols. Immigrant rights advocates had criticized a potential pardon by Trump. ___ 3 a.m. President Donald Trump is trying to recapture the fervor that helped put him in office with a campaign-style rally in Arizona, but he's also likely to hear some protests over his immigration policies and his comments about Charlottesville. It will be his farthest trip west since taking office in January. He'll visit the Mexican border at Yuma before the political rally in Phoenix. Trump's visit comes at a sensitive time. Some Republicans are reeling after his remarks last week that 'both sides' were to blame for violence that erupted at a rally organized by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. The president also has teased that he may pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (ahr-PY'-oh), who recently was convicted of disobeying a court order to stop his immigration patrols.
  • A homeless man’s call to police on Monday morning ended an hours-long search for a Louisiana infant who was kidnapped and then abandoned underneath a highway overpass, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news Authorities in Shreveport were called Monday morning by a homeless man who said that another man told him he had left a baby under a bridge in Minden, about 30 miles east of Shreveport, KTBS reported. The child and a man identified by authorities as 25-year-old Kyshaun Wilson had been reported missing around 3:30 a.m. Monday after Wilson left a home in Minden with the 2 1/2-month-old boy, according to the news station. KTBS described Wilson as a friend of the family who lived at the home on Columbia Street, but KSLA reported that he was not a blood relative to the boy. He was visiting the home on Sunday night and got up around midnight Monday to get the infant a bottle, according to KTBS. “For some reason unknown at this time, he walks out with the baby,” Minden police Chief Steve Cropper told the news station. Investigators told KSLA that Wilson walked for miles before he left the baby under an overpass on Interstate 20 around 3 a.m. He got a ride to Shreveport and went to Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino, where he met a homeless man and confessed to leaving the infant, the news station reported. The homeless man, who was not identified, called police, who were able to find Wilson. Wilson initially denied any knowledge of the missing child, but later admitted that he had left him under the overpass, the Minden Press-Herald reported. Police found the child wrapped in a blanket and sleeping underneath the Sibley exit bridge, according to KTBS and The Press-Herald. “The scariest thing about it -- if he were able to roll off that ledge, he would have hit that concrete retaining ledge and probably would have rolled right out into interstate,” Cropper told the Press-Herald. However, he told KTBS, “the child was fine. He had only a few minor abrasions.” The baby has since been released to his mother. Cropper told the Press-Herald that Wilson was arrested on one count of aggravated kidnapping. As authorities took him to police headquarters, Wilson said that “God told me to do it,” according to the Press-Herald.
  • Sailors with ties to Michigan and Illinois are among 10 who are missing after a U.S. warship collided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asia. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said he was informed by Logan Palmer's family that the central Illinois man is missing. In Michigan, April Brandon said the military informed her that her son, Ken Smith, is also missing. The USS John McCain collided with an oil tanker off Singapore on Monday. Adm. Scott Swift said some bodies have been found in a flooded compartment of the warship. No other details have been released. Brandon said Smith's father, stepmother and grandfather served in the Navy. She said Smith, 22, grew up in Novi, Michigan, and moved to Norfolk, Virginia, as a teen with his father. 'His father and I couldn't be prouder of our son,' Brandon said. 'He's a great kid. He's a hero.' Davis, a Republican whose district includes the Decatur area, said Palmer comes from a 'patriotic family.' He enlisted in 2016. 'Our military must do whatever necessary to minimize incidents like this and protect those who risk their lives each day in service to our country,' Davis said.