The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Cobb County and other parts of the region due to thunderstorms and increased winds that will move into the area overnight as cold front approaches the state.
What does the extended forecast have in store?
This forecast is centered on Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta.
Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. High near 65. Southeast wind 10 to 20 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.
A 20 percent chance of showers after 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.
A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.
Partly sunny, with a high near 58.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.
Partly sunny, with a high near 58.
A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.
A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 56.
What was the climate like in the latest reporting period?
The NWS climate summary for metro Atlanta has now been updated with October 2023 figures.
In an article entitled What is the Difference between Climate and Weather?, the National Ocean Service describes the difference as follows:
“Weather is what you see outside on any particular day. So, for example, it may be 75° degrees and sunny or it could be 20° degrees with heavy snow. That’s the weather.
“Climate is the average of that weather. For example, you can expect snow in the Northeast in January or for it to be hot and humid in the Southeast in July. This is climate. The climate record also includes extreme values such as record high temperatures or record amounts of rainfall. If you’ve ever heard your local weather person say “today we hit a record high for this day,” she is talking about climate records.
“So when we are talking about climate change, we are talking about changes in long-term averages of daily weather. In most places, weather can change from minute-to-minute, hour-to-hour, day-to-day, and season-to-season. Climate, however, is the average of weather over time and space.”
The climate report for the Atlanta area for the previous month shows how much departure from the average temperatures that month represents. The average temperature for a date is the average over a 30-year period.
|Date||Min Temp||Max Temp||Average||Departure from Norm||Precipitation|
Climate Almanac for metro Atlanta
This almanac provides information on past climate conditions for today’s date, November 21, allowing a comparison to current weather. Simply put, it helps you see what the weather would typically be like on this day according to historical data.
|Daily Data||Observed||Normal||Record Highest||Record Lowest|
|Max Temperature||M||62||77 in 2011||35 in 1937|
|Min Temperature||M||43||62 in 1991||16 in 1887|
|Avg Temperature||M||52.5||68.5 in 2011||27.0 in 1937|
|Precipitation||M||0.13||3.14 in 1962||0.00 in 2022|
|Snowfall||M||0.0||T in 2005||0.0 in 2022|
|Snow Depth||M||–||0 in 2022||0 in 2022|
|HDD (base 65)||M||13||38 in 1937||0 in 2011|
|CDD (base 65)||M||0||4 in 2011||0 in 2022|
|Month-to-Date Summary||Observed||Normal||Record Highest||Record Lowest|
|Avg Max Temperature||68.9||65.5||72.9 in 1994||53.7 in 1997|
|Avg Min Temperature||49.7||45.3||53.5 in 1902||34.1 in 1976|
|Avg Temperature||59.3||55.4||62.1 in 1994||45.2 in 1976|
|Total Precipitation||0.69||2.80||8.26 in 1947||T in 2016|
|Total Snowfall||0.0||0.0||1.0 in 1968||0.0 in 2023|
|Max Snow Depth||0||–||T in 1968||0 in 2023|
|Total HDD (base 65)||118||211||410 in 1976||67 in 1994|
|Total CDD (base 65)||8||10||40 in 2022||0 in 2021|
|Year-to-Date Summary||Observed||Normal||Record Highest||Record Lowest|
|Avg Max Temperature||77.3||75.2||77.7 in 2016||65.5 in 1878|
|Avg Min Temperature||58.6||56.0||58.6 in 2023||48.8 in 1878|
|Avg Temperature||67.9||65.6||67.9 in 2023||57.2 in 1878|
|Total Precipitation||36.04||44.68||65.08 in 1929||3.20 in 1878|
|Total Snowfall (since July 1)||0.0||0.0||1.0 in 1968||0.0 in 2023|
|Max Snow Depth (since July 1)||0||–||T in 1968||0 in 2023|
|Total HDD (since July 1)||186||315||697 in 1976||146 in 1994|
|Total CDD (since Jan 1)||2221||2048||2643 in 2019||33 in 1878|
Period of Record:
- Max Temperature : 1878-10-04 to 2023-11-20
- Min Temperature : 1878-10-04 to 2023-11-20
- Precipitation : 1878-10-01 to 2023-11-20
- Snowfall : 1928-12-25 to 2023-11-20
- Snow Depth : 1928-12-25 to 2023-11-20
For much more information on the climate in our area, visit the NWS Climate FAQ for the Atlanta area.
What does the National Weather Service do?
The National Weather Service (NWS) is a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The NWS describes its role as follows:
“The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, water, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy.
“These services include Forecasts and Observations, Warnings, Impact-based Decision Support Services, and Education in an effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation. The ultimate goal is to have a society that is prepared for and responds to weather, water and climate events.”