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A large tornado touched down in rural southwest Georgia on Wednesday, toppling trees and power lines as dangerous storms battered the Deep South with heavy rain and hail as large as baseballs in some spots.

Forecasters said a wide area including large parts of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina were under threat of powerful, long-lived tornadoes. Schools, churches and some businesses shut as a precaution.

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Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather.

On average, Earth will have 10 fewer days of mild and mostly dry weather by the end of the century, the researchers estimate. Some places will get more days perfect for picnics or outdoor weddings, while other places will lose a lot. Rio de Janeiro, Miami and much of Africa are big losers, while Europe and Seattle will gain nicer weather.

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There’s snow in the forecast, but most of Georgia is still in a drought. Thanks to the rain over the past few weeks, there are now no Georgia counties experiencing exceptional drought conditions, which are the worst category in the U.S. Drought Monitor’s scale.

Still, there are actually water use restrictions in place for all of metro Atlanta. But those rules are being followed unevenly.

Atlanta and many surrounding suburbs are now experiencing extreme drought conditions. 

Pam Knox is a climatologist at the University of Georgia.

She said 4 to 6 inches over a period of weeks would end the dry spell, but even a small amount of rain can lead to more rain.

“If we get even an inch of rain in a pretty short time period,” said Knox, “that would make water more available for daily thunderstorms to develop and that can really change the situation quickly.”

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