10:33 P.M. UPDATE:
Highs today ran 75-80 with comfortable humidity, a nice breeze & a sky filled with beautiful puffy cumulus clouds. There were only a couple of isolated sprinkles in Fulton County late this afternoon-evening.
After a dry & hot May, June turned wet, but it remained quite hot. The wetness extended to the first few days of July, then abruptly ended.
Despite getting into this cooler pattern, we continue to dry daily. Rainfall for July is running 30-75% of normal.
Abnormally dry conditions are expanding in our far northeastern areas & creeping northward. Although some areas have had healthy rainfall in the past few weeks, many areas have not. Rainfall has tended to vary widely.
We have lost a lot of soil moisture & run-off has greatly dropped in the past month due to lack of the heavier rainfall that often occurs with storms in July. The eastern areas have gained some soil moisture, mainly from greater amounts of rainfall last weekend.
Near 1" of water has been lost over the past 7 days over the area with up to 1.65" lost southwest of us.
There has only been a bit of some corn stress this growing season. I has not been excessive. So, this crop is quite good, overall. There may have been issues with spotty poor germination from the hot, dry weather in May & a few drowned spots from areas that saw heavy June rainfall, but overall, stands are even & this is one of the best crops since 2004 (at least locally). Thankfully, the roots went deep in the drier soils of May to early June, which is helping in some areas that are dry right now. A good rainfall area-wide would help grain fill, however.
With all of these cumulus clouds bubbling up (with some cold air aloft), an isolated shower or two &/or sprinkles are possible this evening. Clouds will then completely burn off by late evening.
Skies will clear & it will become crisp & cool tonight with 53-58. Highs tomorrow will run 75-80 as clouds increase. A few sprinkles &/or light showers are possible in the evening-early night (with a lot of virga or rainfall evaporating in the dry air on the way down). Overall, a good day, however.
Early Sunday morning, as a mass of rain & storms rides the warm front east & southeast, some rain showers may occur (best coverage in the southwestern half of the area) with considerable mid-level cloud cover elsewhere (less in the north). The heaviest rainfall looks to remain southwest & south of our area.
There may be a few other showers that occur late in the day with dry time in-between during the afternoon & highs 76-80.
A couple waves of showers & perhaps an isolated storm or two Monday with mostly cloudy skies. The most widespread rainfall with a few embedded storms will occur Tuesday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It looks more scattered after that.
A few showers & t'showers will also bubble up Wednesday in the cold air aloft & troughiness diving southward behind the system (with a mix of clouds with sun & highs around 80).
Total rainfall Saturday night-Wednesday looks to run 0.65-1.50" area-wide.
Warmer, dry weather will return Thursday-Friday of next week with highs of 82-86.
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