Severe Weather Possible

WNRR Augusta – (Columbia County Emergency Management Release)

Per Pam Tucker – EMA:

Hello everyone.  I just wanted to give you a heads up on possible severe weather tonight and tomorrow. 

The counties in yellow on the map below have just been put under a tornado watch, in effect until 10:00 p.m. tonight.  The counties shown in brown (including Columbia County ) are under a lake wind advisory until 6:00 p.m. today.  Watches for our area could be issued later this evening.  Please monitor weather reports and make sure your NOAA Alert Radio is working okay.  The current radar and forecast maps are posted below also.

Please be aware that Saturday’s weather could produce some strong to severe thunderstorms on Saturday. The severity of a thunderstorm is a product of its size and also how much the jet stream interacts with it.  In most cases, a strong mid-level jet is what is responsible for destructive winds and tornadoes. However, just a sudden downburst out of a big thunderstorm cloud is enough to produce winds over 70 miles per hour. 

In any case, please heed all storm warnings that may be issued since this continues to be a dangerous weather situation.

Official Forecast from NWS:

This Afternoon: Showers and thunderstorms likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.  Breezy, with a south wind between 18 and 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 2am.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. South wind between 10 and 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.  

Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8am.  High near 75.  West wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.Saturday Night: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Low around 52. North wind between 5 and 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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