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Daily Weather Briefing for Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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A large upper low will linger over the Tennessee Valley Region today and tonight, generating several rounds of moderate to heavy rain across much of our region. This pattern has the potential to produce significant rainfall and flooding over parts of the region, mainly to our east. The low will finally start to move away on Thursday and Thursday night. On Friday, one more disturbance will move across the region. We should see a return to more typical late spring weather over the weekend.

General Forecast Through Friday


Patchy fog this morning. Showers. Highs ranging from the mid-50s to the lower 60s. Winds out of the east 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent. Rainfall amounts between half of an inch to three-quarters of an inch expected, except in locations that see thunderstorms.


Mostly cloudy. Showers likely, mainly in the evening. Patchy fog. Lows around 50. Winds out of the east around 5 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent. Rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected, except on locations that see thunderstorms.


Showers likely. Highs in the 60s to around 70. WInds out of the south around 5 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers in the evening, then a chance of rain after midnight. Lows in the 50s. Southwest winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.


Showers likely. A chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs ranging from the mid-60s to the lower 70s. Southwest winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Friday Night

Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers in the evening, then a chance of rain after midnight. Lows in the 50s. Chance of rain 50 percent.


Substantial rainfall is expected again today and early Thursday, as periodic waves of showers and thunderstorms move across the region. The threat for flooding will remain elevated through Thursday. Across the mountains, the threat of landslide activity may also increase through tonight. Eventually, the flood threat along main stem rivers will also increase and remain elevated through Thursday.


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Tropical Weather
(The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th)

Special Tropical Weather Outlook
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
715 PM EDT Sat May 16 2020

For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Depression One, located over the western Atlantic Ocean off the east-central coast of Florida.

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.

Routine issuance of the Tropical Weather Outlook will resume on June 1, 2020. Until then, Special Tropical Weather Outlooks will be issued as conditions warrant.

End Daily Weather Segment

Begin COVID-19 Update

Here are some numbers from the CDC, the NCDHHS, and the Johns Hopkins Dashboard. Macon Media prefers the Johns Hopkins Dashboard because the counts include those non-residents that are left out of the CDC and NCDHHS numbers.

The CDC website [LINK] reports 19,023 people in North Carolina are infected, 661 have died, the NCDHHS website [LINK] reports 19,700 confirmed cases from 265,008 targeted tests, and 585 hospitalized and 691 deaths in the state. The Johns Hopkins Dashboard [LINK] reports 19,239 people infected and 693 deaths.

Resources for Reliable Information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) [LINK]


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Published at 5:45am on Wednesday, May 20, 2020


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