Just How Hot was this Summer?

It was a HOT summer across most of north and central Georgia and all four climate sites (Athens, Atlanta, Columbus and Macon) either tied or set new daily maximum temperature records! Numerous Heat Advisories and a few Excessive Heat Warnings were issued this summer (June 21 – September 22).

As of the end of summer, Columbus had the most number of 90 degree days (90+), with 108 days in which the maximum temperature was 90 degrees or higher. This tied for 3rd when compared to the entire year long period for previous years. Macon reported the second highest number of 90+ degree days, 104 days, which ranks 9th compared to previous years. Neither Atlanta nor Athens passed the 100 day mark for 90+ degree days. Athens reported 88 days of 90+ degrees, tying for 7th with 1926, while Atlanta saw 85 days of 90+ degrees, ranking 2nd compared to previous years.

90+ Degree Days by Year
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[ 90+ Degree Days at Atlanta. ]
Atlanta
[ 90+ Degree Days at Athens. ]
Athens
[ 90+ Degree Days at Columbus. ]
Columbus
[ 90+ Degree Days at Macon. ]
Macon

Given the average maximum temperature over the summer, most would agree that this summer was a scorcher. The average maximum temperature for summer 2010 ranked in the top ten for all four climate sites. Columbus recorded the warmest average maximum temperature for summertime on record with 95.1 degrees. Atlanta and Macon also ranked in the top five with 91.4 and 93.9 degrees, respectively. This placed Atlanta in 4th place and Macon in 5th compared to previous years at these locations. Athens ranked 6th this summer (tied with 1993), recording an average maximum temperature of 92.8 degrees.

Average Maximum Temperature (June 21 - September 22)
Atlanta
YEAR Average Max.
Temperature
1980 93.4
1954 92.6
1993 92.1
2010 91.4
1925 91.3
2007 89.8
1936 89.7
1990 89.7
1995 89.6
1987 89.5
Athens
YEAR Average Max.
Temperature
1925 97.4
1931 94.8
1954 93.7
1930 93.5
1933 92.9
1993 92.8
2010 92.8
1932 92.4
2007 92.1
1980 91.7
Macon
YEAR Average Max.
Temperature
1954 96.4
1980 95.6
1990 94.5
1925 94.0
2010 93.9
1993 93.6
1970 93.4
1951 92.9
1952 92.9
1978 92.9
Columbus
YEAR Average Max.
Temperature
2010 95.1
1990 94.6
1954 93.9
1980 93.2
1993 93.2
1998 92.8
1986 92.7
1995 92.4
2006 92.4
1977 92.3

Summer 2010 was filled with warm summer nights. Without temperatures cooling sufficiently after sunset, conditions can develop that lead to dangerous heat waves. Atlanta saw an average minimum temperature of 72.6 degrees this summer, the 2nd warmest on record. Columbus was scorched by an average minimum temperature of 73.8 degrees, the warmest on record! Athens and Macon recorded an average minimum temperature of 70.0 and 71.0 degrees, respectively.

Average Minimum Temperature (June 21 - September 22)
Atlanta
YEAR Average Min.
Temperature
1980 73.1
2010 72.6
1925 71.8
1993 71.8
2007 71.5
1881 70.7
1954 70.6
2002 70.6
2005 70.5
1995* 70.5
Athens
YEAR Average Min.
Temperature
1931 70.6
1982 70.4
1906 70.3
1980 70.3
2010 70.0
1907 69.8
1993 69.8
1977 69.6
1978 69.6
1983 69.6
Macon
YEAR Average Min.
Temperature
1906 72.0
1980 72.0
1925 71.8
2005 71.6
1941 71.4
1983 71.4
1993 71.3
1971 71.1
1954 71.0
2010* 71.0
Columbus
YEAR Average Min.
Temperature
2010 73.8
1983 73.2
1980 72.9
1998 72.7
2005 72.7
1993 72.5
2002 72.4
2006 72.3
1995 72.1
1978* 72.1
*Multiple years (some not listed) tied for 10th place

Normally, the summer can bring periods of rain to north and central Georgia. Whether from normal afternoon thunderstorms or a tropical system, these rains allow our area to cool down. Due to the high pressure we had prevailing most of this summer, rain was at a premium in parts of Georgia. West Georgia was the driest with Columbus only recording 6.42 inches of rain this summer, second lowest on record and nearly half a foot below average. The average summer rainfall total for Columbus is 12.83 inches. Atlanta fared better with summer bringing 9.95 inches compared to the average of 12.58 inches. Athens was also below their average of 12.50 inches, with 10.87 inches observed this summer. Macon was the only site to be at or above their average, 12.39 inches, with 13.23 inches of rain this summer.

 

 

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