Expect more Georgia tornadoes

by Lee Shearer - Morris News Service

ATHENS, Ga. -- There’s a chance Georgia could see more tornadoes and severe thunderstorms than usual this year, according to one tornado expert.

“In the spring, our tornadoes are associated with the clash between warm and moist air masses and cool air masses,” said David Stooksbury, a professor in the University of Georgia’s College of Engineering and the former state climatologist.

And this year, we’ve got lots of that kind of clash going on, because the El Nino-La Nina weather cycle that heavily influences our weather is stuck in neutral.

When that happens, we’re more apt to see the kind of weather we experienced this winter — really cold spells alternating with balmy temperatures, wet with dry.

“We’ve been in that classic neutral pattern where every few days we’ve gone up and down, up and down, up and down,” Stooksbury said. “So you have many of the ingredients for that, and the fact that the weather has been so variable.”

This year reminds Stooksbury of the early 1970s, a time when northeast Georgia got more than their share of tornadoes and storms.

Stooksbury has been uncomfortably prescient this year. The neutral pattern is the kind of pattern that is apt to produce really cold spells, he said shortly before the thermometer went down to 8 degrees in Athens.



More Local

Newnan Fireworks to light sky rain or shine

Despite morning rain, 4th of July fireworks show presented by Rotary Club of Newnan has not been cancelled at this time. Local storms are e ... Read More


SMA patient dies after defying the odds

A light went out in Newnan this week, as Matt Brown died early Tuesday at the age of 30. When he was 8 months old, Brown was diagnosed with ... Read More


Health Care in Coweta

Patients’ immediate needs dictate EMTs next move

Despite Newnan being dubbed a “medical mecca,” there are times when people must be transported to Atlanta for more specialized a ... Read More


Work to begin on Bullsboro intersection at bypass

The Burger King and Chick-Fil-A intersection of Newnan Crossing Bypass and SR 34 (Bullsboro Drive) in Newnan near Ashley Park will be expand ... Read More


UWG professor puts SPARK into helping teens

When Coweta youth go through the juvenile justice system, some are sent to a completely different kind of program – SPARK. “We d ... Read More

Rescue course to kick off animal control conference

Before its annual conference this month, the Southeastern Animal Control Association will be hosting a special training course for anyone in ... Read More