I almost hate to talk about it, in fear of creating a jinx, but it looks like the Atlanta area could get some rain starting late next week.Â The last time we had any rainfall at all, either here or Atlanta Hartsfield was back on September 11th, when .01 inches was recorded.Â That means we are at 23 days and counting without rain. Now, models are indicating a trough will begin to move from west to east, and could bring rain sometime Wednesday or Thursday.Â It may not be one of these one hour wonders either.Â Accuweather says that the rain will stick around through next weekend, bringing almost two inches by Columbus Day. The CPC extended outlook calls for above normal rainfall in the 6-10 day period and weather.com is less optimistic, with rain only on Wednesday or Thursday.
I did the annual fall aerating and overseeding for my fescue lawn two weeks ago, which means that I get a pass from the watering restrictions, and can turn on my irrigation system on the appropriate odd/evn schedule.Â Even with watering, when I’ve dug a few holes to plant some new bulbs and shrubs, I’m amazed at how dry the ground is. The rain, if it comes, will be much appreciated.
Another thing we haven’t seen in a while is freezing temperatures.Â While North Georgia typically doesn’t get its first frost until the second week of November, Michigan, Vermont and Maine are seening freezing temperatures over the next few days.Â Nationwide, the lowest temperature this morning was 17 in Stonington, Michigan.Â There’s a frost advisory tonight starting in Western Michigan and moving east through northen Ohio, much of northern Pennsylvania and southern New York.Â And, snow has begun to fall in the Rocky Mountains, including areas of Utah and Colorado, where a few inches are predicted through tomorrow evening.
You can keep up with the approach of winter on our Winter Weather page.Â It’s just a matter of time before we begin to feel winter’s effects here in Georgia.