Dana Barker

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Cooler Weather Arrives

Friday will start out unFridaylike in the weather department - gloomy and overcast - before clouds decrease and the sun appears by afternoon just in time for the weekend. Highs today will be…

Rainy Thursday Night, Cool, then COLD!

Clouds will increase for your Thursday ahead of a cold front that will sweep through later this evening. Rain chances are high tonight and early into Friday morning, but most of the rainfall…

Warm Midweek, Cool Weekend, COLD Next Week

Isolated sprinkles and cloudy skies are in the cards for your Tuesday morning as a weak disturbance moves by to our south. The disturbance will move away later today, partially clearing skies by…

Tricks and Treats for Halloween Weather

Happy Halloween! The weather will be ghoulish today as big changes are in the offering. We'll likely hit our high temperatures sometime in the midday to early afternoon across the viewing area with…

Fall on Pause: Rainy and Warm

TGIF! It's not a Friday-like weather scene outside with overcast conditions and scattered showers breaking out this morning. Temperatures are also running 20-25 degrees warmer than 24 hours prior, going from the 40s…

Clearing, Cooler; Weekend Rain?

A cold front is working its way through the area this morning, putting an end to chances for rainfall for the near term. Clouds will decrease, winds will increase, and temperatures won't rise…

Severe Weather Threat Over for Area

The severe weather threat for our area has ended as stronger storms have been confined to the Florida Panhandle and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Rainfall will still be likely over the…

Strong Storms Tonight, Cooler Midweek, Rain Late Week

Showers and thunderstorms will increase in coverage and intensity into the nighttime hours over our area. With increased dynamics moving in later this evening, a couple of storms may be on the strong…

Nestor Nears, More Storms Next Week

A very active and progressive weather pattern is in store for the area over the next 7-8 days. The first notable system will arrive later tonight and tomorrow in the form of what…

Verizon Service Down in Columbus Metro

Thousands of customers in the Columbus metro area have reported Verizon cellular service is down this morning. Dozens of comments on the downdetector.com website mention outages in Columbus, Phenix City, and Smiths Station, among other local areas. The site…

Cold Front Coming, More Rain for Weekend

After seeing VERY beneficial rainfall over the past 24 hours, a cold front will work its way through the area for your Wednesday. Prior to it moving through, however, we maintain a chance…

Rainy, Stormy, Cooler

After seeing some rainfall yesterday for the first time in over two weeks in some areas, we will be in between storm systems today. We maintain a slight chance of a shower, with…

Rain Chances Finally Increase, Temps Finally Decrease

TGIF! Your Friday is looking good weather-wise, although temps are still running warmer than where they should be for mid-October. Highs today will be in the lower to middle 80s; normal highs this…

Warmth, Mild, Rain, Cooler

Mostly sunny skies will be the rule to end the work week. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s, with perhaps a select location or two touching the 90 degree mark…

Still Warm and Rain-Free

A "cold" front made its way through our area yesterday, not bringing much of a change to the air mass and only very isolated showers. We'll see that chance of showers remaining for…

Cooler This Week, Colder for the Weekend?

  A cold front has stalled near our area this evening, bringing very isolated showers to the viewing area. Coverage of those showers should be less than one in ten into tonight and…

Cooler Weather, Spotty Rainfall

We will see the scorching upper 90s and 100 degree readings be a thing of the past as we head into the work week. While highs will still run above normal for early…

Near Century Mark Today

After breaking a record high yesterday in Columbus of 100 degrees, temperatures will again rise to the 95-101 degree range across the viewing area today. The one saving grace as has been all…

Hot

Hot weather continues and will only intensify into the weekend as high pressure continues to tighten its grip over the area. Highs today will be in the middle to upper 90s, and that…

No Heat Relief in Sight

After what looked to be a promising forecast yesterday with scattered storms around, it looks like we won't see much in the way of shower and storm activity as a front works its…

First Day of Fall?

Today may be the first day of fall, with the nights becoming longer than the days, but Mother Nature sure isn't aware of that. Under sunny skies today, temperatures will soar from upper…

Cooler Weather is Here!

Good morning! We finally saw that "backdoor" cold front move in from the east yesterday evening, bringing an end to the brutal record heat we saw over the past week or so. The…

Cooler Weather Coming!

We reached a high of 101 in Columbus yesterday, while Macon and Montgomery both hit a high of 103! We won't see extreme triple-digit heat today, and hopefully not until next summer, but…

Still Hot, No Tropical Relief

A hot one is in store for Friday the 13th. After seeing 99 degrees yesterday, we'll again be in the middle to perhaps upper 90s for highs today. The saving grace will be…

Warm Weather and Tropical Mischief

The work week will end on a hot and dry note as we can't shake the above normal temperatures that have plagued the area the past few weeks. Highs today will again reach…

Another Hot One, Isolated Storms Around

After a hot Monday with scattered thunderstorms, Tuesday looks to be a repeat. The coverage of storms will be a little less, however, but one or two may again be on the strong…

Sweltering Start to the Week

After a hot weekend, the beginning of the work week holds serve in terms of temperatures. Highs today will be in the middle to upper 90s. Coupled with high humidity, heat index readings…

Holiday Weekend Dorian-Free

A very refreshing morning will turn into a warm and dry day with highs in the 88-95 range through our area. We'll still see a dry night tonight with low humidity; high school…

Dry and Warm to Start the Holiday Weekend

The vast majority of us saw morning readings in the 60s as we headed out the door for work and school, a refreshing change from the hot and humid weather of the past…

Dry End to Week, Dorian Approaches

A frontal boundary is infiltrating the area this morning, bringing drier air and more pleasant conditions. With the lack of cloud cover as opposed to the past several days, highs will be back…

High Rain Chance Today, Watching Dorian

Your Tuesday will look a lot like Monday, with a couple of minor exceptions: we may see a few peeks of sunshine from time to time, and the chance for shower and thunderstorm…

Gloomy Start to Week

The weather today will be fitting for a Monday. Cloudy skies will be the rule with scattered showers and thunderstorms becoming more numerous in the late afternoon and evening as a disturbance approaches…

Stormy Weekend Ahead?

It's game day for some of you out there as high school football kicks off tonight in a few locations. After a warm and humid day today with highs in the low to…

Rain Chances Up Today

We've already seen some showers and isolated thunderstorms in the southern part of our viewing area this morning. Those are dissipating, but more are on the way after the lunch hour as daytime…

Rain Chances Back This Week

After a weekend that saw triple-digit heat in much of our area, temperatures will moderate some today and the rest of the week as clouds and moisture will be on the increase. Highs…

Storms Back by Sunday

Your Friday will be a hot and dry one throughout the area. The heat will be more manageable, though, with lower humidity values than earlier in the week. While air temperatures will be…

At Least It's Not Humid?

After a frontal boundary moved through most of the area save parts of the extreme southeast reaches of our viewing area near Americus, we've seen lower humidity and rain-free conditions. That's the good…

One More Warm Day; Strong Storms Possible

One more day of very hot conditions are in store for your hump day before a cold front moves through and brings our heat values back down to manageable levels. Highs today will…

One More Very Hot Day, Strong Hump Day Storms

After seeing highs in the upper 90s the past couple of days with heat index values in the 105-110 range across the area, we'll see one more very hot day before we see…

Heat, Humidity, Heavy Storms

TGIF! It will be another scorcher today throughout the area as the heat and humidity remains over us. Highs will be in the mid to perhaps upper 90s in some areas. Couple that…

High Heat, Rogue Storms

We saw a couple of isolated strong storms yesterday, with a couple briefly pulsing to severe limits. We'll see more of those storms today with perhaps a little less in the way of…

Big Heat, Isolated Big Storms

Your hump day will start off with some mostly cloudy skies courtesy of a dying complex of showers and thunderstorms in northern Alabama. The clouds should break by the lunch hour with the…

Rain Chances Lower, Temperatures Higher

After a rainy past four days, rain chances will decrease today but will still be in the 30% range throughout the area. Highs will be uniformly in the lower 90s today, with the…

Sun and Storms to Start the Week

As with the past few days, we'll have a chance for showers and thunderstorms starting around the noon hour into the afternoon and evening hours. The storms will be slow movers, so heavy…

Sun, Showers, and Storms This Weekend

After a Thursday afternoon and evening where a lot of us saw heavy rainfall with showers and storms, we should see a little lesser coverage of rain today. The atmosphere will take a…

August Begins Humid with Scattered Storms

As we turn the calendar to the eighth month of the year, Mother Nature reminds us we are very much in the throes of summer today with heat, accompanying humidity, and scattered showers and thunderstorms. The storms will be most…

Hump Day Rain Chances, Warm Too

Scattered showers and storms will again dot the landscape over our area in the heating of the day today. The chance of any one location getting wet is about 30% for today with…