Dana Barker

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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…

Warm, Spotty Storms - Typical July Weather

Just like yesterday, we'll see isolated "popcorn" showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and early evening during peak daytime heating. There will be no rhyme or reason where the storms develop, and the chances…

Humidity Back, Rain Chances Too

Welcome to the last three days of July! Typical weather for the end of the month will return this week with increased humidity and an accompanying chance for rainfall. Look for partly cloudy skies today with a rogue shower or…

Rain-Free Weekend Ahead

A rare July treat came through the area earlier this week in terms of a cold frontal passage, and that rain-free and drier air mass will be here to stay throughout the weekend as well. Under a mostly sunny sky,…

Wet Weekend Ahead

After a Friday where we saw some showers and stronger thunderstorms in the afternoon, skies will be partly to mostly cloudy this evening. The humidity won't go anywhere, however, with muggy conditions and…

The Heat is On This Week

Isolated showers and thunderstorms will dot the landscape today, with highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s. Today will mark the "coolest" day and only chance of rain for the next eight…

Hot Pre-Memorial Day Week Ahead

Some areas in Chambers and Lee counties in Alabama saw showers and storms in the wee hours this morning. We'll see a repeat of scattered activity areawide this afternoon and evening. Coverage should…

Warm Week Ahead; Chance of Storms by Weekend

After a mild start with temperatures in the 55-60 degree range, highs today will be in the middle to upper 80s with full sunshine. Temperatures will only increase as we go through the…

Breezy Friday, Warm Up for Weekend

After some showers and storms yesterday evening, skies will clear today as a cold front sweeps through the area. In the wake of the front, winds will be gusty today, on the order…

Good Start to Weekend, Severe Weather Sunday

Happy Friday! A few clouds will be around for your TGIF, but we're not expecting any rainfall out of them with highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s. Saturday will be warmer and breezy ahead of a developing storm…

Warm End to Week, Stormy End to Weekend

After seeing the warmest day of the year so far yesterday with a high of 86 degrees officially at the Columbus Airport, we will come close to that again today with mostly sunny skies and highs into the lower to…

Scattered Storms This Weekend

After a batch of rain and showers moved through the area overnight, we'll see some scattered showers and thunderstorms as daytime heating goes to work on the humid air mass over our area.…

Rain Chances, Temperatures Up

After a cool and mostly sunny start, clouds will increase today ahead of a storm system moving through the lower Mississippi Valley. Scattered showers may arrive in parts of our area as soon…

Warmup for Wednesday, Storms to End Week

After a chilly start this morning with temperatures in the 30s and 40s, the April sun will go to work and warm things up quickly. Temperatures should be approaching the 70 degree mark…

Heavy Rainfall, Strong Storms to End 2018

After a soggy Thursday night, rainfall will continue to end the last full week of 2018. Brief heavy rainfall is possible along with a small risk for stronger storms as instability mixes with…

Rain Begins Today, Sticks Through End of Year

A cloudy and breezy morning through the area will turn into a windy and rainy one later on into the afternoon hours as an intensifying storm system approaches the area. Highs today will…

One Last Sunny Day Today

The day after Christmas will feature mostly sunny skies for one more day before the weather goes downhill to end 2018. Highs will be in the 60s for most of the area today…

One More Cold, Rainy Day

After a cold, wet weekend in the viewing area, we'll see one more day of cloud cover, cool conditions, and scattered light rain for your Monday. Because of the clouds and rainfall, temperatures…

Clouds for Friday, Rain for Weekend

Clouds will be increasing today as we see one last rain-free day before a wet weekend sets in. Highs will be in the 50s over the viewing area, with perhaps a sprinkle possible…

Chilly Black Friday, Rain Toward Evening

Clouds were increasing this Black Friday morning as early shoppers were heading out to take advantage of all the deals. If you become part of those crowds today, make sure to take a…

Turkey Day Nice, Increasing Clouds Black Friday

Thanksgiving is shaping up to be issue-free in terms of weather. Sunshine will prevail with just a few passing high clouds at times, while highs will plateau a couple of degrees either side…

Beautiful Thanksgiving, Rain Coming Late Friday

Thanksgiving Eve looks beautiful over the area. After a cold start with 30s areawide, temperatures will warm into the upper 50s to lower 60s under clear skies and full sunshine. Another cool night…

Chance of Showers Today, Storms Tomorrow

Monday started off foggy and cloudy, with very mild conditions as a result of the moisture content in the air. Clouds will break up later in the morning towards afternoon, and scattered showers may break out in the sun later…

Great Start, Rough End to Week

A dry cold front is working its way through the area tonight, giving way to slightly cooler temperatures coming up for Monday. Highs will only be a couple of degrees cooler than today…