The science of rain delays: SunTrust is parked under a faucet

Marshal Shepherd may know why.

He’s a professor of meteorology at the University of Georgia, is co-author of a study of urban rainfall patterns in and around Atlanta.

Using radar and rain gauge data, Shepherd partnered with two University of North Carolina academics and found that SunTrust Park, new home of the Atlanta Braves sits “in the maximum region” for cloudbursts. In other words, the stadium is parked under a faucet:

If you’re of a mind, check out the three-author, University of North Carolina/UGA study here. Otherwise look at the crib sheet that Shepherd has posted on Twitter:

For the record, our AJC colleague Tim Tucker reports today that the Braves considered building a retractable roof to shield fans from the elements but decided against it over cost concerns.

Chalis Montgomery, a 39-year-old educator and youth ministry leader, is backing an ardently progressive platform. She lists an immigration overhaul, criminal justice reform and access to college and vocational training for all among her policy platforms.

But she's centering her campaign on a call for universal healthcare. Her announcement tells of her 9-year-old daughter Gwen, who suffers from the pre-existing condition of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and thus is covered by the Affordable Care Act.

She said Hice, who voted to repeal and replace the measure this year after initial concerns that it didn't shave costs too deeply, took a stance that is "devastating to children like her."

She faces a tougher battle than candidates eyeing nearby suburban Atlanta districts, like the newly-competitive Sixth and Seventh Districts, where changing demographics and skepticism to Trump have buoyed Democratic hopes. Trump easily carried the 10th District and Hice, who captured two-thirds of the vote when first elected in 2014, didn't even face an opponent in November.

(Though a super PAC was trying to recruit a candidate: And what a disaster that would have been.)

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.