It looks like we're going to be in for a wet work week for the next to last week in July. This time of year is when our hottest temperatures occur, and our average high through the end of the month is 88 F degrees. We started the month out slightly on the warm side, but since July 14th, temperatures have taken a tumble as shown here in this graph.
The good news is that the forecast for the end of July into August is more of the same for us. More rounds of cooler temperatures are forecasted to bring the eastern half of the country below normal temperatures as well as above normal rainfall.
The eastern part of the country will be stuck under a persistent upper level trough through at least the end of the week, and the result will be daily showers and thunderstorms and a considerable amount of cloudiness.
The NAM and GFS are forecasting a cutoff upper level low to form over west Georgia Monday and Tuesday and pump moisture off the Gulf and Atlantic into the north Georgia area, bringing a chance of showers and thunderstorms through at least Thursday, before a front pushes southeast and brings more chances of rain.
This map was generated based on July 15th conditions and we were a little dry then. But that has since been reversed and when the new maps come out I expect to see normal conditions over much of north Georgia. You can find all of the drought maps here at http://www.daculaweather.com/4_drought_state.php Rainfall amounts over the next 7 days aren't excessive, but may vary widely. If you happen to get caught under one of these thunderstorms you may see several inches over a short period of time, so localized flash flooding is possible with such high precipitable water values.
So here's the general forecast for most of the week, chances of rain each day will keep you guessing!
Metro Atlanta Forecast: http://www.daculaweather.com/4_forecast_metro_atlanta.php
Georgia Forecast: http://www.daculaweather.com/4_forecast_ga.php
There are many other forecast available for other areas of the country, please visit http://www.daculaweather.com/ for more information.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Weather Page
Last but not least, I've created a new weather page just for the weather in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I could never find all the things I wanted to see in one location, so I've tried to bring this together all on one or two pages. I'll be tweaking the page as time goes on so if you have any suggestions on something to see, please let me know.