Dana Barker

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Clearing Skies for Monday, More Severe Weather Late Week

After our severe weather episode yesterday, Monday morning is starting out chilly and raw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s and gusty northwest winds making it feel colder. Clouds should decrease by afternoon,…

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. Patches…

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 as…

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 by…

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 strong…

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 reach…

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 as…

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 will…

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 in…

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 jacket!…

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 of…

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 is…

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 with…

Friday Clouds, Saturday Showers, Sunday Cooldown

Happy Friday! Clouds will hang tough throughout the area today, although no rain will fall from them. With an easterly breeze courtesy of a wedge of cooler air coming down from the northeast, temperatures will be moderated into the 70s…

Clouds, Then Rain, Then Cool

  Today should be one of the best days yet this fall as the pesky cold front that has hung around the last couple of days finally got the push it needed to clear the viewing area. Under sunny skies,…

County-by-County Impacts: Hurricane Michael

Based on the latest forecasts from the National Hurricane Center, the Storm Prediction Center, and other forecast models, here is a county-by-county breakdown of the impacts from Hurricane Michael for all counties in our viewing area. This is a living…

Rain Chances Increase, Tracking Michael

Happy Columbus Day! After the doldrums of very warm and dry conditions throughout the area last week, the weather will change in a hurry into the middle to latter part of this week. The…

Cooler, Wetter Week Ahead

After, ironically, the warmest week all year coming in the last week of summer, this week will not be as brutally warm, but will still feature above normal temperatures. Unlike last week, however, the…

Weekend is Here!

TGIF! We’ll see isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms today, especially in the late afternoon and early evening hours. It will not be a washout by any means, but be alert for changing weather…

Holiday Weekend Outlook

  After an evening of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms, today looks to be a more docile day weatherwise throughout the viewing area. We’ll see a lesser coverage of showers and storms as the atmosphere…

Holiday Weekend Starts Wet, Ends Warm

After some showers and storms around the area yesterday, today looks to be a repeat. Showers and thunderstorms will develop in the heat of the day this afternoon, sticking around through the evening and…

Rain Chances Increasing Towards the Weekend

Today will see a much greater coverage of showers and thunderstorms than yesterday, although still on a scattered basis. More places today will not see rainfall vs. those who will encounter the wet stuff.…

Rain Chances Ramping Up

The string of dry weather we’ve seen over the area the last several days is drawing to a close. With high pressure moving east of the area, the return southerly flow from the Gulf…

Wet Start, Dry End to Week

After a foggy start to Monday, low clouds and fog will give way to a partly sunny late morning. Shortly after the lunch hour, though, numerous showers and thunderstorms should develop in the warm…

Rain Chances On the Upswing

Wednesday brought much less in the way of rainfall a day after a Tuesday of heavy rain and isolated flooding in both the Columbus and Auburn/Opelika metro areas. Only isolated showers and thunderstorms were…

Scattered Storms Today, Weekend Looking Wet

Wednesday looks to be another warm one around the area, with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing during peak heating in the afternoon and evening hours. As in the past few days, any thunderstorm will…

Carbon Copy of Monday; Rain Chances Rise

Clear skies dominate the region this morning, except for areas that experienced heavy rainfall yesterday afternoon and evening seeing some patchy fog. Always use low-beam headlights through fog, allow some extra distance between you…

Week Starts Warm, Ends Wet

Happy Monday! Isolated showers and thunderstorms will dot the viewing area this afternoon into the evening hours. The best chance for those occurring will be south and west of Columbus, although coverage will be about 1 in 5 areawide. Highs…

Warm Start to Week; Isolated Storms

After a Sunday that saw a late start to shower and thunderstorm activity, Monday looks to hold more of the same weather. Highs will be in the low to middle 90s, with isolated afternoon…

Warm Start, Wet End to Week Ahead

After a mostly rain-free week, we’ve seen some scattered showers and thunderstorms dot the landscape this afternoon and early evening, especially in our Georgia counties near and just east of Columbus. Brief heavy rainfall,…

Drying Out, Warming Up!

Happy Friday! After a few days of moderate to heavy rainfall over the area, conditions will improve heading into the weekend. Only scattered showers and thunderstorms will be around today, with the highest chances…

Wet Weather on the Way!

After a dry end to last week and this weekend, the weather will be changing in a hurry to begin the new work week. Showers and storms will greet the work week on a scattered basis Monday then become much…

Back to Typical Summertime Storms

After our bout with severe weather over the weekend, a more typical summertime pattern is in store for us this week. Showers and storms will be around, especially for the first half of the…

Lots of Rain This Week!

A rainy weekend will turn into a rainy week as well as a trough of low pressure hangs out around the area. A cold front approaches the area on Tuesday, but it will go…

Wet Weekend Ahead

A trough of low pressure has settled into the area and will take up residence for the next few days. Couple that with warm, humid summertime air, and showers and thunderstorms will be a…

Late Week Rain Setting in

After seeing the hottest day of the week today with highs in the lower to middle 90s over the viewing area, the weather pattern will undergo some changes for the latter part of the…

Rain Chances Going Up!

In the words of Russell Crowe on the movie Gladiator, the time for the dry weather reckoning will soon be at an end over our area. Moisture will be on the increase starting Wednesday…

Warm Start to Week, Rain Returns

After a dry past couple of days, with the exception of stray showers in the southern reaches of our viewing area, we’ll see even more in the way of dry weather coming up for…

Rainy First Week of July Ahead

Happy first day of July! We are halfway through 2018 already, and the first week of the second half of the year looks to be a warm and wet one. With an upper low…

Typical June Weather Week Ahead

We saw some showers and thunderstorms all weekend, a few on the strong side. That weather should continue for the early part of the work week as well. Highs will be in the upper…

Alberto to Wash Out Memorial Day

  Subtropical Storm Alberto was nearing the Florida Panhandle coast Sunday evening, with landfall projected in the Fort Walton Beach-Destin area early tomorrow afternoon. While strong winds and a minor storm surge will affect the area…

Flash Flooding Ongoing

Heavy rainfall early this morning led to flash flooding over parts of the area. The most concentrated area of flooding has occurred in southeastern Lee County, Ala. in and around Smiths Station. The Lee County Emergency Management Agency has reported…

Wet End to Week, Rain Through Next Week Too

The wet, humid weather we’ve experienced to start the week will hang around through the weekend too. While it won’t be an all-day washout over any one area, and we’ll see peeks of sun…

Nice Weekend, Just a Few Raindrops

After really the first week of pronounced warm conditions all spring, a nice first weekend of May is shaping up through the area. Highs will maintain into the 80s throughout the period with only a slight chance of a renegade…

Warm Wednesday, Cooler End to Week

The cold weather from earlier in the week will be all but a distant memory today as highs reach into the lower to middle 80s. Breezy southwest winds of 10-20 mph will kick up…