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The Pros and Cons of Summer

The Pros and Cons of Summer

We are finally halfway through the summer season! I know lots of people are looking forward to fall and winter because they want cooler weather, but there are SOME things about summer that I really like. I thought I would start a list of the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Going to the beach and/or hanging out at the pool
  • Ice cream galore
  • Fresh fruit and veggies
  • More sunlight= longer days

Cons

  • Oppressive heat & unbearable humidity
  • Longer days=harder for me and the rest of the morning crew to get to bed on time!
  • Most of rain is in the form of pop-up afternoon storms, which is not good for the drought because it typically isn’t widespread!

What are your favorite things about summer? Least favorite things?

 

--Meteorologist Sonya Stevens

It's Really Hot...

It's Really Hot...

I saw this sign while riding around town last week and made my husband turn around so I could take a picture! It’s funny, right? It may not be “hot as hell” like the sign implies, but temperatures have been hotter than normal for a while!

In June, we had 4 days where we hit 100+.

In July, we had 29 days with highs in the 90s and 18 of those days were 95 degrees or hotter.

So far this month, we have already hit the century mark twice!  

Our average highs are in the lower 90s, so it’s not supposed to be THIS hot! Mother Nature has cranked up the heat this summer for us in addition to a good chunk of the country.

Dallas, Texas, has had 42 consecutive days of triple digits!

Memphis, Tennessee, is undergoing the hottest summer on record.

No real relief is in sight this week, so do your best to stay cool!  I’m using the hot weather as a good excuse to eat lots of ice cream J

--Meteorologist Sonya Stevens

Tweeting & Facebooking the Weather

Social media is becoming more and more popular these days….I mean, even my mom is on Facebook! There are arguments that these “outlets” can be good and bad, but I feel that the weather world can really only benefit from Twitter, Facebook, etc.

  1. It gives forecasters like myself the opportunity to reach out to even more people.
  2. Followers on Twitter, in addition to friends/fans on Facebook can tell us what is going on in their city, neighborhood and street. It’s just important that they are accurate with rainfall totals, storm reports, etc.

The National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service offices around the country have joined the social media world as well. And I can’t write this blog without shamelessly plugging 13WMAZ’s presence in the social media world.

www.facebook.com/13wmaz

TV Meteorologists= Heroes?

TV Meteorologists= Heroes?

As Weather Becomes Big Story, TV Forecasters Play Hero

Take a few minutes to read this article! It’s a great write-up with three important points.

  1. The weather is becoming more extreme, whether it’s climate change or not…and whether we like it or not!
  2. Weather technology has greatly improved over the years, which has allowed our forecasting to greatly improve.
  3. This combination puts TV forecasters in a very important role.

Here’s the thing…I don’t feel like a hero and I don’t think most broadcast meteorologists do either. We are just following our passion…some may even go so far as to call us weather geeks (I’m ok with that by the way!) When we cover severe weather, we aren’t thinking…"I want to be a hero."

The Spring of Twisters

The Spring of Twisters

It was a scary spring especially for Joplin, Missouri, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama as twisters devastated their cities and caused loss of life. But here in Georgia we had our fair share of twisters as well.

March 26: 2 tornadoes in Central Georgia, EF-0 in Laurens county and EF-0 along the Crisp-Sumter county line.

April 4-5: EF-2 touched down in Dodge County, and an EF-1 hit southern Bibb County.

April 15-16: 3 tornadoes across the state including an EF-1 in Bibb county about 5 miles north-northwest of Macon.

April 27-28: There were 15 tornadoes across the state. An EF-4 tornado occurred in Catoosa County causing seven fatalities and 30 injuries. There was an EF-3 tornado that crossed Pike, Lamar, Monroe and Butts counties causing two deaths in Lamar County.

The unusually active tornadic spring really boils down to one thing: the exit of La Niña.

Protecting Your Furry Friends from the Heat

Protecting Your Furry Friends from the Heat

It’s summertime here in Central Georgia, which means plenty of heat and humidity!! We know the basic safety tips for us humans are to stay hydrated, take breaks if working outside, and limit your time outside during the hottest part of the day if possible. But what about our furry friends…how can we keep them cool during the “dog days of summer”?

Here are some basic tips.