Tropical Storm Fay could be coming this way, and with Georgia still in a drought, that's OK.
The storm's current track has it headed west across Florida's panhandle toward the Alabama line. And from there, who knows where it goes?
"We're pretty sure it's going to be tracking down the Florida panhandle, but once it gets right to the end of the panhandle into Alabama, the models vary, but it looks like it could be turning north and catching the westerlies — decreasing all this time, of course — and coming back through Georgia, maybe," said Mike Leary, a forecaster with the National Weather Service station in Peachtree City. "Either that, or going more up to the north-northeast, and going into Tennessee." Whether Fay zig-zags this way or not, Columbus ought to get some rain out of it, he said: "You'll get some of the northern brunt of it. Not too bad though, because we'll have it over land so long, it won't have hardly any punch — just some good rain."
So right now, the forecast for Columbus through the weekend looks like this, Leary said:
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Today — mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms in the late afternoon, northeast winds at 10-20 mph and a high in the upper 80s; tonight mostly cloudy, a 30 percent chance of evening storms, northeast winds 15-20 mph and a low in the lower 70s.
Friday — mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, northeast winds 15-25 mph and a high in the low 80s; Friday night the same chance of rain, with east winds at 20-25 mph and a low in the low 70s.
Saturday — mostly cloudy, still with a 50 percent chance of storms, east winds 15-20 mph and a high in the mid-80s; Saturday night the same chance of storms and a low in the lower 70s.
Sunday — partly sunny, but still with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, and a high in the upper 80s.