We are heading into the height of storm season

Our strange winter keeps changing directions and providing us with all sorts of weather conditions. Winter 2012 has been relatively warm, and we've had no wintry precipitation events like a year ago. However, it's been a winter with a record number of damaging tornadoes and thunderstorms. After Friday night's deadly tornado outbreak across Georgia, the southeast and other parts of the country, we are heading outside this morning to freezing cold temperatures through the northern half of Georgia. The forecast low for the Newnan area this morning was 26 degrees. The morning freeze is expected to give way to a high temperature near 60 today with temperatures back into the 70s by Thursday. The rain and thunderstorms return on Friday.
March is always a difficult time to predict what the weather will be like from one day to the next. While often we enjoy warm, spring-like temperatures in March, the great blizzard of 1993 saw one of the worst snowstorms ever in our community. Does the high number of tornadoes in January, February and early March, mean we are in for a stormy season during the Spring -- the usual peak of the tornado season in these parts of the country? That's very possible. Typically, late March, April and May are the peak months for tornadoes. The forecast for the remainder of March calls for warmer weather with daytime temperatures in the 70s. Warmer weather in March and April often mean a greater threat for thunderstorms and possible tornadoes. While the weather is unpredictable, we are heading into the height of the storm season. We all need to be prepared any time there is stormy weather in the forecast. The storms across the country this winter have already shown how dangerous they can be.


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