Dana Barker

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Humidity on the Increase, Rain Too

After a fall-like air mass settled in over the region to start the work week, the remnants of Tropical Storm Beta are advancing towards the area, bringing warmer, more humid air. We saw…

Sally (That Storm)

While scattered showers and storms have dotted the area this weekend, more rainfall is on the way later this week courtesy of Tropical Storm Sally gathering strength in the east central Gulf. The storm will move west then northwest,…

Saturday/Sunday Storms then Sally Strengthens to the South

Moist easterly flow from the Atlantic continues this weekend. We saw plenty of showers and thunderstorms yesterday, and a repeat is on tap for today, with slightly lesser coverage on Sunday. Highs will be in the 86-90 range over the…

Marco Brings Rain, Laura Stands Us Up

Tropical Storm Marco is making landfall this evening on the south Louisiana coast as barely a tropical cyclone. The storm has been sheared apart over the past 24 hours, shoving its moisture into…

Stormy Sunday, Tracking the Tropics

After most folks in the Valley escaped rainfall yesterday, there will be another shot of seeing the wet stuff today. Showers and thunderstorms will develop in the heating of the day, dropping some heavy rainfall in spots. Outside of…

Wet Friday Ahead; Drier Next Week

After the almost daily rain and thunderstorms over the area, the stalled boundary that has provided the impetus for the everyday storm development will reach its crescendo tomorrow. With an impulse moving overhead…

Storms Continue Through Weekend

Heavy rainfall greeted Columbus for the evening rush on Wednesday, with intense lightning and gusty winds observed as well. Scattered showers and thunderstorms brought similar conditions elsewhere in the viewing area. With the…

Very Warm, Stormy Week Ahead

Today brought some stronger thunderstorms to our area, with reports of a few trees downed this evening in Lee County and other storms turning briefly severe north and east of Columbus. These storms…

Warming Up, Isolated Storms Persist

We've been spared from most of the hottest weather so far this summer, with the "heat ridge" settling to our west over the past several weeks. While we won't see any extreme heat,…

Isolated Weekend Storms, Normal Temps

All weather eyes in the Southeast have been on Isaias as the storm inches its way through the Bahamas and approaches the eastern Florida coast. The storm has weakened somewhat due to taking on some drier air and shear and…

Rain Chances Continue Through the Weekend

The story with the weather will remain the same locally for the next couple of days. Weak disturbances aloft will move from west to east through our area, and coupled with moisture being…

Hot, Humid Week Ahead

After a warm weekend, the week ahead will continue warm and humid, with temperatures a few degrees above seasonal averages. We're getting the fringe effects of the strong high pressure to our west that…

Sunday Storms, Summer Flexes Muscles Next Week

After a rainy and wet pattern the past several days, the weather will become somewhat drier over the next week; however, that dry weather will come at a price. A huge dome of high pressure that has been responsible for…

Wet Week Ahead

After scattered showers and storms yesterday, we'll see slightly more coverage coming in today. Most of the area is under a marginal (1 out of 5) risk for severe weather; gusty outflow winds…

Scattered Storms for Dad

We saw some surprise showers yesterday, and those laid down outflow boundaries that will set the stage for more showers and thunderstorms today. The odds of any one location getting wet are about one in three today, so outdoor…

Warm and Dry Weekend for Dad!

A nice weekend is shaping up as we celebrate the summer solstice today and the first day of the season. Today also marks the longest day in terms of daylight hours, with Columbus checking in at just a smidgen…

Father's Day Weekend Warm and Dry

The upper-level low pressure that has influenced our weather pretty much all week is finally breaking down and losing its grip on the area. We'll see one more day of its effects, however,…

Rain Chances Down, Temps Up This Weekend

We've seen scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the area over the past few days courtesy of an upper-level low pressure system pinwheeling through the Carolinas. That low should loosen its grip on our…

Rain Chances Back, Cristobal Churns in Gulf

Rain chances return to our area today as tropical moisture begins to surge into the area. Today's moisture is not a result of Tropical Storm Cristobal in the Bay of Campeche; the Bermuda…

Warm and Dry Start to June

After dealing with scattered showers and thunderstorms much of last week, we'll dry out as we turn the calendar to June next week. The remainder of this weekend with be rain-free as well, allowing for plenty of sunshine for any…

Rain Chances Stick Around for Last Week of May

After a couple of days of strong storms over the holiday weekend, we'll see the pattern continue through much of the week as well. Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms will develop each…

Warming Up for the Holiday Weekend

After a respite in the warm temperatures over the past few days, a warmup will commence today into the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Highs today will be in the upper 70s to lower…

Clear but Cool Weekend!

Beautiful conditions are around the area this weekend, with sunny skies galore. However, temperatures are running some 5-10 degrees below average as a cool and dry air mass has settled in. Lows over the weekend will be in the 40s…

The Warmup is On!

Tonight will be another cool night as calm winds, clear skies, and dry conditions combine to maximize radiational cooling. Most places will see lows in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Highs tomorrow…

A Little Warmer Today, Wednesday Storms

After a mild and breezy Sunday, the winds should relax some today under a mostly sunny sky. Highs will reach the lower to middle 70s for most of us in the area. The…

Severe Weather Possible Thursday

Clouds have increased throughout the day for your Wednesday, with a couple of light showers breaking out around the dinner hour. We'll see those around through the evening before more in the way…

Severe Storms Sunday

  The entire WLTZ viewing area has an enhanced (3/5) risk for severe weather on Sunday. All modes of severe weather are possible through the day, with some modes being more likely at certain times than others. Here's a…

Warm Weekend Ahead

After a few cool mornings, with lows near or a few degrees below normal, temperatures will climb to the upper 70s for most of us today under a mostly sunny sky. These high…

Cool Nights, Mild Days, Warmer Weekend

High pressure continues to dominate our weather today and will do so through the early part of the weekend as well. After highs warm up to the 70-75 degree range for most of…

Friday Temps Fry; Weekend Rain Chances

The warmest weather we've seen so far this year is poised to greet us tomorrow. After lows tonight some 10 degrees warmer than last night, around the 60 degree mark, temperatures will soar…

Cooler Nights, Warmer Days

A "cold" front worked its way through the area this morning, accompanied by a decaying line of showers, the last vestiges of storms that brought severe weather to parts of far northern Alabama…

Late Night Showers, Warmup Late Week

Another mild night is in store for us for your Tuesday evening. Lows will be in the mid 60s. Breezy conditions may continue through late evening as winds pump moisture north, aiding in a significant severe weather episode unfolding in…

Scattered Storms, Then Warming Up

Scattered showers and thunderstorms have dotted the viewing area this evening. They will diminish in both coverage and intensity as we get deeper into the night and we lose daytime heating. Lows tonight will be mainly in the low to…

Spring Fever to End the Week

A warm Wednesday is coming to an end over the area, as most of us saw the temperature eclipse the 80 degree mark. A few showers and storms dotted the landscape, especially in…

Springlike End to Week...

Springlike weather dominated the Chattahoochee Valley again today with high temperatures peaking in the 75-80 degree range. Very isolated showers popped up over parts of the area, giving a few a small dose…

Beautiful Weekend Ahead!

After weeks of murky, rainy conditions, we're seeing a beautiful early March weekend. Low temperatures bottomed out in the 30s over our area and are rebounding nicely so far today, already eclipsing the 50 degree mark late this morning. The…

What's That Bright Thing in the Sky?

After what seems like days of cloudiness and rainfall, a cold front finally came through last night to scour out the deep moisture and rid us of both showers and clouds. The sun…

One More Day of Storms, Nice Weekend

Periods of moderate to heavy rain with elevated thunderstorms over the area will continue through the day today. A couple of storms may be on the strong side with gusty winds and perhaps…

Rain, Rain, Going Away...

Rain. Yep, it's back. We'll see scattered showers tonight, and perhaps a rumble of thunder mixed in as well. The good news is that there is no surface instability, so any storms will…

Sunny Weekend; Enjoy While You Can!

The vast majority of us woke up to sub-freezing temperatures this morning, the coldest we've seen around these parts in a couple of weeks. The thermometer is rebounding nicely so far this morning, with temps on their way to…

Guess What? Another Wet Week

Sunday has continued very dreary across our viewing area. Patches of light to moderate rain have passed through, holding temperatures down into the upper 40s and lower 50s so far today. We'll see only a slight warmup today with highs…

Gloomy Saturday, Nice Sunday Ahead

After a raw and chilly Friday with light to moderate rain around, the stubborn clouds will stick around through much of Saturday as well. The winds will relax some, however, allowing temperatures to…

Rainy End to Week, Storms Next Week?

The train of wet weather systems to affect our area continues, with the next one pulling into the depot tomorrow morning. Clouds will increase tonight from south to north as low pressure gets…

Rain, Rain Goes Away

After a rainy Wednesday, showers will decrease in coverage this evening as low pressure over the northern Gulf of Mexico pulls away from the area. Clouds will decrease tonight as well, giving us…

Three Shots of Rain, First One Later Today

Get out and enjoy the sunshine while you can this morning. Clouds will increase ahead of a fast-moving disturbance to our west. Light rain will begin to break out later this afternoon and especially into tonight and early on Monday…

Cool Weather Ahead, More Clouds Sunday

The Valley and the Plains will see a rare treat so far this month today - sunshine! Temperatures will be just below seasonal averages, though, with lower to mid 50s the rule as cold air advection is still in play…

Quiet Midweek, Severe Weather Likely Saturday

After a cold front passed through earlier this morning, a chilly night is in store with lows in the 30s across the viewing area. A light freeze is possible in some of the…

Tuesday AM Freeze; Late Week Rain?

After a cold front blew its way through the area yesterday, we'll see the coldest night for the next week or so tonight. Light winds, clear skies, and dry air will combine to…

Weekend Starts Wet, Ends Cool

TGIF! Clouds will be the rule today, unfortunately, making a dreary Friday outdoors. Temperatures will still be mild, however, with highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s throughout the area. A rogue…