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Reward offered for return of missing weather balloon

Reward offered for return of missing weather balloon

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Carrollton-based Bears on Patrol and the West Georgia Amateur Radio Society are offering a $100 reward to anyone who finds and returns a missing weather balloon.

The balloon was launched in Carrollton on Nov. 6. It contained radio tracking equipment and two GoPro cameras.

About 70 miles into its flight, the batteries died, according to Bears on Patrol. The balloon was about 63,500 feet in the air above Union City.

Bears on Patrol members believe the balloon could be anywhere from Union City to DeKalb County near Redan and Lithonia.

Anyone who sees or recovers the balloon is asked to contact Blake Raab with Bears on Patrol at 770-834-9309 or blake@bearsonpatrol.org.

Weekend Weather and Tropical Update

Tired of the wedge yet?  That east wind that brought in the clouds and cooler air yesterday is sticking with us for a big part of the weekend.  We will continue with weather today that will be very similar to what we had yesterday.  Expect a good coverage of clouds with only a few thin spots in the clouds at times to allow just a few peeks of sun here and there. 

That east wind brings in a shallow layer of cool air at the surface.  That will keep our temps in the lower 70s today.  Our high yesterday was 72.  The wedge will be slow to break.  I expect the clouds to hold with us Sunday.  We may have a few more breaks in the clouds Sunday which will help temperatures to get up to 75.

EF1 tornado confirmed in Cherokee County

EF1 tornado confirmed in Cherokee County

ATLANTA -- At least one tornado, along with severe storms, ripped through parts of Metro Atlanta Monday, damaging dozens of homes and claiming the life of a Gwinnett County man.

Surveyers from the National Weather Service said a long-tracked EF1 tornado touched down in Woodstock and moved northward some 24 miles before lifting at Ball Ground. Officials said the twister clocked winds at about 90 mph, and at its widest was a quarter-mile wide. Most tornadoes associated with tropical systems like Lee produce very short touchdowns.

Officials said about 400 structures had been affected, and that it was the fifth tornado in Cherokee County over the past four years. County officials said they were lucky that it struck on the holiday with school out of session. School buses would have been on the roads were the storm to happen on a school day.

FORECAST: Lee bringing rain to Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The remnants of Tropical Depression Lee are spreading tropical moisture into Georgia.  So far, we've seen mainly light rain south and west of Atlanta.  Some of that rain could be heavy at times today.

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There is also the potential for some stronger thunderstorms to develop Today.  The main threats will be heavy rain and the potential for flooding in some localized areas. Rain totals will be anywhere from 2 to 4 inches and even some higher amounts possible north and west.

The rain totals will depend on the track and speed of what is left of Lee as it moves from Mississippi into Alabama.  We will have more updates with any changes.

Drought spreads into North Georgia

Drought spreads into North Georgia

ATLANTA -- Georgia's state climatologist says extreme drought conditions have now spread into North Georgia and cover most of the state south of the mountains.

Climatologist David Stooksbury says all of Georgia's counties are now classified as being in moderate, severe or extreme drought.

In his most recent reports on the drought, Stooksbury said the outlook for relief in the short-term is not promising. Unless Georgia sees some tropical weather over the next few months, the state can expect below-normal rainfall and above-normal temperatures.

Without tropical rain, Georgia's soil is expected to continue to dry out. Stream flows, groundwater levels and reservoir levels are expected to continue to drop, and wildfire potentials are expected to remain high to extreme.

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The day the earth shook Stone Mountain

The day the earth shook Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain, Ga. -- Around 1:30 this afternoon, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit central Virginia.

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Tremors were felt as far north as Toronto, as far west as Indianapolis and as far south as Metro Atlanta.

Stone Mountain residents had this to say about the effects of the quake:

Felt a shudder while working at home. Thought it was an A/C ssystem coming on and having problem, but the A/C wasn't blowing. At the bottom of a hill and end of a cul-de-sac, we don't hear traffic, but it sounded like a truck rumbling.