Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Even though we're not tracking hurricanes anymore in the Atlantic, the season continues on the other side of the world. Australia, which is in the Southern Hemisphere, is approaching their peak at the end of their summer/beginning of their fall. A week after powerful Cyclone Larry Hit, Cyclone Glenda , packing winds of 175 mph is sliding along the western coast of the continent. That makes two category 5 hurricnaes in the span of a week. This unusual occurence could also mean that the factors spawning strong hurricanes are a world-wide phenomenon, not just something that affecting the Atlantic.
You can check out the action on the Bureau of Meteorology web site for Australia at http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDE00902.loop.shtml. As you watch the loop, you'll notice something odd. Glenda is spinning in the "wrong" direction. From our view, the cloud blob appears to be turning in a clockwise direction. Hurricanes, turn in a counter-clockwise direction. But, if you were standing at the equator, looking "down" at the storm, it would appear to be turning counter-clockwise. It's all a matter of perspective.
Finally, the storms are called Cyclones down under and not Hurricanes. The name we use has its origins from native people in the Carribbean. In the Western Pacific Ocean they are called Typhoons and in the Indian Ocean simply Cyclones.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Here in Atlanta there is always some degree of air pollution floating around out there - but the warmer temperatures of the spring and summer combined with a few other key atmospheric conditions can turn a tolerable level of pollution into a life or death situation for people with asthma or respiratory problems.
I will be working with the folks at the Clean Air Campaign this year in trying to get the word out about the seriousness of our dirty air - and ways that every single person around here can help to make a difference. In the next couple of weeks we'll be introducing you to folks around the city that are making the commitment to cleaner air --- and inturn making Atlanta a healthier place to live.
I hope you'll watch and join in our efforts to get and keep our air clean. And don't forget, starting in May we'll be giving you the daily Air Quality Index reading and keeping you on top of any code orange or code red alerts that are issued.
Monday, March 27, 2006
I will be headed down to Grayton Beach, Florida for a little R and R myself before we get to the heart of severe weather season in April and May. I know the extra rest now will be needed once those storm get going later.
I was checking the water temperatures in the panhandle and the Georgia Coast and lets just say... you gotta be brave to get in the water! Still air temperatures along both coasts should be pretty nice this week with highs generally in the 70s and only small chances of rain.
Make sure to stay tuned to CBS46 because Gene Norman and Laura Huckabee will be giving you your Florida and Georgia beach forecasts to get you prepared if you are traveling south. If you will be sticking around town we will have you covered with the weather forecast for your neighborhood as well.
Have a great week and I will have some pictures of my vacation next week.
Friday, March 24, 2006
This weekend we could see freezing temperatures around the metro area!! It may come as a surprise to you, but it should not because a late March freeze is not uncommon.
We probably got spoiled by the warm weather of last week, however... looking back in history Atlanta's last freeze is usually during the last week of March. The latest freeze ever for Atlanta is April 25. That occurred back in 1910. So, be careful what you plant or you might get burned!
Although the snow fizzled before it got started last night... we were pretty close to getting an inch or two in the mountains. How rare is a March snow? Fairly rare, but not unheard of. Remember the superstorm of 1993? That was on March 12-13. In March of '86 we got 1.2" of snow and in '96 we got .20" of the white stuff.
From what I can tell by digging in the record books I was unable to find an April snow for Atlanta. Soooo, if we can make it past next weekend we are probably in the clear as far as snow.
Right now the forecast looks pretty good for the last week of March. Things should begin to warm up and we will push 70 by the middle part of next week!
Have a great weekend!
Sunday, March 19, 2006
The organizers did a great job getting trucks of all types. There were fire trucks, police trucks, front end loaders and much much more. The kids had a great time crawling in, through, and over all of them.
Despite having lived in Georgia for over 20 years it was my first visit to downtown Kennesaw and it certainly was a treat. Being a history buff it was cool to see The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. If you have not done so already, get the family together and check it out!
A great event coming up in Kennesaw will be on Saturday, April 8 when they have the annual Easter egg hunt. For all the scoops you can click here.
Although spring will officially begin Monday (3/20) at 1:26pm it certainly won't feel very springy. As a matter a fact, temperatures are expected to remain below average all week!
Lets hope it warms up by the time the Easter bunny comes hopping to town!
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
The blue blob is the plume of smoke, circled in white. The arrows indicate the direction of the wind, which was from the northwest. This picture was taken a little after 1 pm, nearly two hours after the fire started. As you can see the smoke cuts across the Brookwood split, where I-75 and I-85 join, just north of downtown. Then the smoke continues into Decatur.
So, even when there isn't any rain out there, the radar beam can see small particles, like dust and show us where they are and where they're moving. Pretty neat, huh?
I have done many a story on the allergens around this place. Trees are your initial problem pollens but before long, grasses are giving 'em a good run for their money.
The doctors offices will be filling up quickly for shots, pills, and nose squirting devices promising a little relief from all of the beauty that flourishes throughout this area.
Remember, we'll be doing a daily pollen count during our weathercast - to give you an idea of just how much kleenex you'll need to stash away in your pockets and purses.
A Polish friend of mine once told me, "Laura, remember, the most beautiful flowers are usually poisonous." We weren't exactly talking about allergies - but you get the idea.
So here's to one of the most beautiful seasons in the south - which is also an enormous pain in the ----." (nose)
Have a great day.
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Yep, it's that time of year again... the time for sniffling and sneezing! With temperatures near 80 this weekend it seemed like the whole city was in Piedmont Park. While walking through the park I could not help but notice all the trees beginning to show their leaves. Those leaves mean one thing... ALLERGIES!
Of course I did not have to take a stroll through the park to know the pollen season is here... just walk through our newsroom and you will see plenty of weepy eyes and folks sneezing.
Luckily, I am one of the few folks that is blessed and does not have big allergy problems. Why, I am not sure. Maybe after having lived here in the south for more than 20 years that helps! In the mean time I will knock on wood and keep my fingers crossed!
The pollen count Friday was 124 and I would suspect it will be even higher Monday. If there is any good news, we will get a little rain relief Monday night to wash some of that pollen out of the air... temporarily.
In the mean time, grab your tissues and your mister/inhaler/medicine and think summer!
Thursday, March 09, 2006
The only problem is - now mother nature is calling in the note....
The price is a round of showers and storms that have already produced several tornados on their way through the south today.
A Thursday night of CSI and Without A Trace - serenaded by the pitter patter of hard hitting raindrops on your roof - and an occasional crescendo of erupting thunder ???? Sounds like a winner to me.
In all seriousness - stay with us in the event of any possible chance of severe weather. The CBS46 Weather Team will always give you advance notice of any showers or storms that could move into your neighborhood.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
If it seems like forever since you went through a weekend without having to use the umbrella you would be right. January 7-8 was the last time we escaped a weekend without rain! Mother Nature did her best to get some rain in here this evening, but the rain held off until after midnight!
With the nice spring weather we are really beginning to see some nice color. The Bradford Pear trees look like giant balls of cotton and I even caught a few cherry blossoms popping out a little early in midtown! The forsythia (see above) are in bloom and you know the tulips are not far away!
I know there are lots of pretty places around northern Georgia and we want to see your pictures. Just e-mail your signs of spring to us at email@example.com. Let us know where you took the picture and who knows... you might end up seeing it on the news!
The weather this week looks pretty nice so get out and enjoy it!
Friday, March 03, 2006
1st-3rd. Generally fair.
4th-7th. Clear and warmer.
8th-11th. Fair and pleasantly mild.
12th-15th. Stormy over the Mississippi Valley. Increasing clouds farther east, with warm temperatures.
16th-19th. Squally Gulf Coast north into Tennessee River Valley. The Carolinas, Georgia and Florida remain dry.
20th-23rd. Clearing for the Mississippi Valley. Showers farther east.
24th-27th. Fair returns. Windy for the Gulf States.
28th-31st. Showers, then fair.
Oh well, at least this weekend will be dry for a change. It's only the second time in 2006 that we'll have a weekend without rain. Enjoy!