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Climatology for Christmas Day

As Christmas Day draws closer, many questions arise about what kind of weather Georgia has seen on Christmas. What has been the warmest Christmas? When was the coldest Christmas? Has Georgia ever seen a white Christmas? Here is some information that will answer some of these questions.

On average, high temperatures ranged from the mid 40s across north Georgia to the mid 60s across central Georgia. The average low temperatures range from the mid 20s across north Georgia to the mid 40s across central Georgia. However, days of Christmas past have been quite warm with the record high temperatures in the 70s across north and central Georgia. We have also seen bitterly cold Christmas days where record low temperatures were in the single digits.

Record Temperatures for December 25
  Atlanta Athens Macon Columbus
  Max Min Max Min Max Min Max Min
Record Temp. (°F) 72 0 77 3 78 7 76 8
Year 1889 1983 1955 1983 1889 1983 1955 1983

While most Christmas days have been dry, record rainfall amounts have exceeded 2.0 inches at all of the climate sites.

Record Precipitation for December 25
  Atlanta Athens Macon Columbus
Precipitation (inches) 2.06 2.52 2.68 3.32
Year 1945 1945 1964 1964

Although we have had very cold Christmases, records show that White Christmases are rare in Georgia. The only locations that have received measureable snowfall are Atlanta and Athens, although Columbus had a trace of snow in 1970. Macon has never seen snow on Christmas day.

Snowfall on December 25
  Atlanta Athens Macon Columbus
Number of Days snowfall ≥ 0.1" 2 1 0 0
Number of Days snowfall = Trace 13 1 0 1

Record Snowfall on December 25
  Atlanta Athens Macon Columbus
Snow Amount 1.6 0.2 0 Trace
Year of Occurence 1881 1993 - 1970

 

[ Average Maximum Temperature for Dec 25. ]
Avearage Maximum Temperature for Dec. 25th.
[ Average Minimum Temperature for Nov. 25. ]
Average Minimum Temperature for Dec. 25th.
*The above data is based on climate and coop stations with at least 20 years of data.

 

 

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