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Freeze Warning for Hancock, Jones Overnight

Freeze Warning for Hancock, Jones Overnight

A freeze warning remains is in effect from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. Friday for Hancock County.

* Temperatures:  in the upper 20s to lower 30s.

* Timing:  3 am to 8 am Friday morning.

* Impacts:  tender vegetation and indoor house plants left outdoors could be damaged or killed if not protected or brought indoors where possible.

 

Your Guide: Georgia National Fair

Your Guide: Georgia National Fair

Georgia National Fair is set for October 6-16 this year.

October 6 opening day: Sneak-a-Peek Day

             Open 3-10 p.m.

             Admission $5, kids (10 & under) get in free with a paying adult.

Pay-One-Price Rides: Open 3:00 pm; $13.00 unlimited rides.

Opening ceremony takes place at 4 p.m.

October 7-October 16 Scheduled Events:

Admission:

Red Cross of Central Ga. Deploys for Hurricane Irene

The Red Cross of Central Georgia moves volunteers, vehicles and supplies in order to respond to what is predicted to be the largest storm to hit the East Coast in more than 70 years.

Photos: A watch on the beaches in Jacksonville.

That's according to a Red Cross news release.

 

A hurricane watch has been issued for the North Carolina coast and the Red Cross has opened shelters in the state as evacuation orders go into effect.

In addition, more than 200 Red Cross mobile feeding vehicles are heading towards the coast to help people in the path of the storm, the release says.

Red Cross Urges Preparedness for Hurricane Season

The American Red Cross prepares for Hurricane Irene across the East Coast this week by registered available volunteers for support evacuation.

While "Georgia may escape the brunt" of the storm," Red Cross organizers urge the public to use this time as a reminder to finalize hurricane preparation plans and get a family emergency kit ready, a Red Cross news release says.

Hurricane season runs from July through November in the North Atlantic.

Emergency kits should include: 

  • 3-day supply of water for each person
  • food that doesn't need refrigeration
  • flashlights
  • battery-operated radio 
  • first aid kid

The Pros and Cons of Summer

The Pros and Cons of Summer

We are finally halfway through the summer season! I know lots of people are looking forward to fall and winter because they want cooler weather, but there are SOME things about summer that I really like. I thought I would start a list of the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Going to the beach and/or hanging out at the pool
  • Ice cream galore
  • Fresh fruit and veggies
  • More sunlight= longer days

Cons

  • Oppressive heat & unbearable humidity
  • Longer days=harder for me and the rest of the morning crew to get to bed on time!
  • Most of rain is in the form of pop-up afternoon storms, which is not good for the drought because it typically isn’t widespread!

What are your favorite things about summer? Least favorite things?

 

--Meteorologist Sonya Stevens

It's Really Hot...

It's Really Hot...

I saw this sign while riding around town last week and made my husband turn around so I could take a picture! It’s funny, right? It may not be “hot as hell” like the sign implies, but temperatures have been hotter than normal for a while!

In June, we had 4 days where we hit 100+.

In July, we had 29 days with highs in the 90s and 18 of those days were 95 degrees or hotter.

So far this month, we have already hit the century mark twice!  

Our average highs are in the lower 90s, so it’s not supposed to be THIS hot! Mother Nature has cranked up the heat this summer for us in addition to a good chunk of the country.

Dallas, Texas, has had 42 consecutive days of triple digits!

Memphis, Tennessee, is undergoing the hottest summer on record.

No real relief is in sight this week, so do your best to stay cool!  I’m using the hot weather as a good excuse to eat lots of ice cream J

--Meteorologist Sonya Stevens

Tweeting & Facebooking the Weather

Social media is becoming more and more popular these days….I mean, even my mom is on Facebook! There are arguments that these “outlets” can be good and bad, but I feel that the weather world can really only benefit from Twitter, Facebook, etc.

  1. It gives forecasters like myself the opportunity to reach out to even more people.
  2. Followers on Twitter, in addition to friends/fans on Facebook can tell us what is going on in their city, neighborhood and street. It’s just important that they are accurate with rainfall totals, storm reports, etc.

The National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service offices around the country have joined the social media world as well. And I can’t write this blog without shamelessly plugging 13WMAZ’s presence in the social media world.

www.facebook.com/13wmaz