Dana Barker

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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…

Chilly Monday but Warmup Ahead

After a weekend where most of the area saw beneficial heavy rainfall over 2 inches in most places, we dry out quickly for Monday. Temperatures started out very cold this morning in the upper…

Beautiful End to Week, Severe Storms on Horizon

  Sunny skies will dominate the weather for the remainder of the week as high pressure takes control over the Southeast. High temperatures in the middle 70s today will approach the 80 degree mark…

Clearing Out, Warming Up

Lingering clouds and very light rain showers will give way to partial clearing by afternoon. With the added sunshine, temperatures will rise into the 68-72 degree range for most of the area for today’s…

Sprinkles to Start Week, Spring Fever to End It

After a mostly sunny and cool day, clouds will rapidly increase over the area tonight. Light rain will begin to fall from those clouds as early as the midnight hour over parts of the…

Dry Friday, Stormy Saturday, Chilly Sunday

TGIF! We’ll have one more dry day today ahead of a storm system gathering strength in the southern Plains states this morning. Under partly cloudy skies, highs will be in the 75-80 degree range…

Mild Thursday, Warmer Friday, Storms Saturday?

After a cold start this morning with widespread 30s and some lower 40s, we will warm quickly as full-on April sunshine will propel temperatures a couple of degrees either side of the 70 degree…

Wet Wednesday Morning, Cool Wednesday Night

After some wet weather this morning, we’ll see partial clearing later this afternoon into the evening hours. With cold air filtering in behind the front, highs will be hard-pressed to reach the upper 60s…

Cold Start to Week, Warmup Ahead

The last week of March will set out as a cold and raw one on Monday. Temperatures will be struggling into the lower to middle 50s with a cold northeast to easterly breeze all…

Severe Weather Possible Monday

All of the viewing area runs a risk of severe weather tomorrow, beginning in the early afternoon through the nighttime hours. Isolated supercell thunderstorms are possible in the early afternoon through early evening, capable of large hail to golfball size…

Cold Week Ahead, Warmer by Next Weekend

After a rainy Sunday, conditions will slowly improve overnight. The rain should come to an end for the entire viewing area by midnight or shortly after. A cold front will barrel through the area before sunrise Monday, marked by winds…

Beautiful Weekend; Early Week Rain Chances

A clear night is in store, albeit a cool one throughout the area. Temperatures will fall into the 30s to around 40 degrees by daybreak, with a light frost possible in some of the sheltered rural areas in the Chattahoochee…

BEAUTIFUL BUT COOLER WEEKEND AHEAD

After some showers and windy conditions, tonight looks much cooler. We’ll bottom out below 50 degrees for the first time since February 9th tonight with decreasing clouds and will likely see lows in the…

Valley Man Dies from Apparent Lightning Strike

A Chambers County man died from an apparent lightning strike on Lake Harding Friday night. Toby Burrow, 34, of Valley was pronounced dead on arrival at East Alabama Medical Center at 9:35 PM CDT Friday from severe injuries suffered from…

Showers and Storms Continue as Cindy Makes Landfall

Tropical Storm Cindy is nearing landfall tonight on the southwest Louisiana coast, with showers and thunderstorms occurring here locally. Her effects are being felt far from the center of circulation, however, with flooding rains and isolated tornadoes several hundred miles…

Cindy to Impact Area with Heavy Rain and Storms

Tropical Storm Cindy strengthened Tuesday evening and is a strong tropical storm off the southwest Louisiana coast. She is expected to make landfall sometime Wednesday night near the Sabine River, which marks the border between Texas and Louisiana. Although the…

Heavy Rainfall this Week; Eyeing the Tropics

Heavy rainfall will move through the area this week as potential Tropical Storm Cindy moves toward the central Gulf Coast. Rain will overspread the area from south to north Tuesday morning and last in waves until the storm moves away…

Tropical Mischief Possible This Week; Rain Chances All Week

Warm, moist air will continue to reside over the area through the upcoming work week, with the possibility of a tropical system affecting our weather as well. A chance for showers and thunderstorms will accompany the moisture every day this…

Chance of Storms Returns for Weekend, Next Week

A better chance for showers and thunderstorms returns to the forecast for this weekend into next week. Scattered showers and storms are expected to develop in the afternoon hours both Saturday and Sunday. Dads may be dodging raindrops in the…

Humid End to Week, Scattered Storms Stick Around

The warm and humid weather, pretty typical for June all in all, will continue through the latter half of the week. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will again be possible for your Wednesday, with slightly better coverage into Thursday and Friday.…

Muggy, Wet Week Continues, Warm For Father’s Day

Another warm and muggy day is in store for Tuesday. We may see more clouds than sun in the morning, but clouds will increase in the afternoon and give way to scattered showers and thunderstorms. Rain chances will stick around…

Wet Work Week Ahead, Father’s Day Looking Warm

The rain-free weather has come to an end across the viewing area as the flow has returned from the Gulf of Mexico, bringing wet conditions for this week. Muggy conditions are here to stay through the work week, with chances…

Dry End of Week, Storms Return For Weekend

A dry end to the work week is in store for Thursday and Friday. Under a mostly sunny sky, temperatures will rise to the middle and upper 80s for the end of the week. Lows will be comfortable, in the…

Rainfall Ending; Drier and Cooler End to Week

Showers and thunderstorms will be likely for one more night tonight as a warm and very humid air mass resides over the area, with drier conditions expected later in the week. By Wednesday morning, however, a…

Stormy Tuesday, Cooler and Drier End to Week

Scattered showers and thunderstorms to start your Tuesday will become more numerous as the day wears on. Tuesday will also mark the last full day of the likely rain chances, with a cold front set to move through on Wednesday.…

Wet Week Ahead Forecast

A humid air mass will take up residence in the area through the first half of the work week. Showers and thunderstorms will be likely each day. While no severe weather is expected, storms may produce gusty winds, heavy rainfall,…

Heavy Rain to Start Week; Cooler and Drier to End It

After some parts of the area saw heavy rainfall over the weekend, another in a series of impulses will approach the area Monday afternoon, bringing a renewed chance of showers and thunderstorms. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for…