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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

TV Meteorologists= Heroes?

TV Meteorologists= Heroes?

As Weather Becomes Big Story, TV Forecasters Play Hero

Take a few minutes to read this article! It’s a great write-up with three important points.

  1. The weather is becoming more extreme, whether it’s climate change or not…and whether we like it or not!
  2. Weather technology has greatly improved over the years, which has allowed our forecasting to greatly improve.
  3. This combination puts TV forecasters in a very important role.

Here’s the thing…I don’t feel like a hero and I don’t think most broadcast meteorologists do either. We are just following our passion…some may even go so far as to call us weather geeks (I’m ok with that by the way!) When we cover severe weather, we aren’t thinking…"I want to be a hero."

The Spring of Twisters

The Spring of Twisters

It was a scary spring especially for Joplin, Missouri, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama as twisters devastated their cities and caused loss of life. But here in Georgia we had our fair share of twisters as well.

March 26: 2 tornadoes in Central Georgia, EF-0 in Laurens county and EF-0 along the Crisp-Sumter county line.

April 4-5: EF-2 touched down in Dodge County, and an EF-1 hit southern Bibb County.

April 15-16: 3 tornadoes across the state including an EF-1 in Bibb county about 5 miles north-northwest of Macon.

April 27-28: There were 15 tornadoes across the state. An EF-4 tornado occurred in Catoosa County causing seven fatalities and 30 injuries. There was an EF-3 tornado that crossed Pike, Lamar, Monroe and Butts counties causing two deaths in Lamar County.

The unusually active tornadic spring really boils down to one thing: the exit of La Niña.

Protecting Your Furry Friends from the Heat

Protecting Your Furry Friends from the Heat

It’s summertime here in Central Georgia, which means plenty of heat and humidity!! We know the basic safety tips for us humans are to stay hydrated, take breaks if working outside, and limit your time outside during the hottest part of the day if possible. But what about our furry friends…how can we keep them cool during the “dog days of summer”?

Here are some basic tips.

Video: Viewer's Weather

Viewer Mitzi Holloway-Dunwody sent us this video from Juliette last night.

Beware of the Humidity!

Heat and humidity are the two “H’s” that get us in the summertime. In fact, the combination can be downright unbearable. Need some proof? Well here you go… 95° compared with a 70° dew point feels like 105°!! You can check out other temperature and dew point combinations on the heat index chart.

The humidity can be deceiving though! My husband and I were about to go to the gym yesterday afternoon when I decided we should run around the neighborhood since it wasn’t raining and temperatures were only in the 70s (the reasons we were that “mild” at 2pm were the clouds and previous rain). 

About a quarter of a mile into the run, I realized that it may not be hot but it was incredibly steamy. I think I sweat more than I ever have on a run!

Rainfall Surpluses in the Past

“Rain is a Good Thing,” at least that’s what country singer and Georgia native Luke Bryan sings. And these days I think all of us, not just the farmers, agree! I know my husband and I want it for our grass, which is definitely a little crunchy these days. When Mother Nature waters the lawn, it’s cheaper than when we run the sprinklers!

With the extremely dry conditions lately, it’s hard to think about when we have had extremely wet conditions…at least that is the case for me and I’m not the only one! A viewer wanted to know when was the last time we had a rainfall surplus going into the spring and going into the summer. After some help from the National Weather Service, this is what I found:

The normal rainfall amount in Macon for January 1st through March 21st is 12.96 inches.

We had a surplus going into the spring in 2003…we started the spring with 14.49”, which is 1.53” above normal.