January 29, 2023

The National Weather Service issued a dangerous weather forecast for Cobb County due to possible overnight thunderstorms on Friday 2 December lasting into Saturday morning.

What does the statement say?

The declaration contains the following details:

“This dangerous weather forecast applies to parts of north and central Georgia.

“.DAY ONE…Tonight and tonight…

“A few showers and maybe a brief thunderstorm are possible

Friday evening to Saturday morning mainly through North Georgia.

“. DAYS TWO TO SEVEN…Saturday through Thursday…

“A stationary boundary could be set over the region by Monday

Stage for an extended rainy season through mid to late

the work week.

“At this point it is still a little early to determine exactly where the heaviest are

Rain will develop but parts of north Georgia remain of particular concern

late Monday night through Wednesday.”

What is meant by “isolated” and “scattered”?

The NWS defines “isolated” as follows:

A National Weather Service convective precipitation descriptor for a 10 percent chance of measurable precipitation (0.01 inches). Insulated is used interchangeably with few.

“Scattered” has the following definition:

When used to describe precipitation (e.g., “scattered showers”) – Coverage of convective weather affecting 30 to 50 percent of one or more forecast zones.

In other words, isolated means few showers, scattered means that the showers are expected to cover 30 to 50 percent of the affected region.

Which counties are affected?

The following counties are included in the hazardous weather forecast:

Baldwin, Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Bleckley, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattahoochee, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Crawford, Crisp, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Dodge, Dooly, Douglas, Emanuel, Fannin, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Glascock, Gordon, Greene, Gwinnett, Hall, Hancock, Haralson, Harris, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, Lumpkin, Macon, Madison, Marion, Meriwether, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Murray, Muscogee, Newton, North Fulton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Pulaski, Putnam, Rockdale, Schley, South Fulton, Spalding, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taliaferro, Taylor, Telfair, Toombs, Towns, Treutlen, Troup, Twiggs, Union, Upson, Walker, Walton, Warren, Washington, Webster, Wheeler, White, Whitfield, Wilcox, Wilkes, Wilkinson

How long does the danger last?

Rainy weather is expected to continue through next Wednesday.

About the National Weather Service

The National Weather Service (NWS) is part of the National Ocean and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA).

The NWS describes its role as follows:

“The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, water and climate forecasts and alerts for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and oceans to protect life and property and strengthen the national economy.

“These services include forecasts and observations, warnings, impact-based decision support services and education in an effort to build a weather-ready nation. The ultimate goal is a society that is prepared for and responsive to weather, water and climate events.”

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