How Cold/Snowy was the 2009-2010 Winter?

The average temperatures for the December 2009 - February 2010 period were among some of the coldest ever across north and central Georgia.  Each of the four climate sites - Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Athens Ben Epps Airport, Columbus Metropolitan  Airport and Macon/Middle Georgia Regional Airport - saw average temperatures among the ten coldest ever recorded.  The average temperatures Columbus had the 4th coldest average temperature for the winter season, while Macon tied for the 5th coldest, Atlanta was the eighth coldest and Athens tied for the ninth coldest winter season.

Average Temperatures (December 1 - February 28)
Atlanta
YEAR Average
Temperature
1976-1977 36.9
1977-1978 38.3
1962-1963 38.8
1963-1964 38.8
1935-1936 38.9
1939-1940 39.0
1901-1902 39.2
2009-2010 40.1
1885-1886 40.2
1917-1918 40.2
Athens
YEAR Average
Temperature
1976-1977 38.4
1904-1905 38.6
1917-1918 38.6
1903-1904 38.9
1977-1978 39.2
1909-1910 39.4
1962-1963 39.8
1963-1964 39.9
1935-1936 40.4
2009-2010 40.4
Macon
YEAR Average
Temperature
1976-1977 42.8
1977-1978 43.4
1935-1936 43.5
1939-1940 43.5
1901-1902 43.6
2009-2010 43.6
1904-1905 43.7
1963-1964 43.8
1917-1918 44.0
1903-1904 44.2
Columbus
YEAR Average
Temperature
1976-1977 42.6
1963-1964 42.9
1977-1978 43.2
2009-2010 43.4
1962-1963 43.5
1969-1970 43.6
1957-1958 43.7
1968-1969 45.1
1960-1961 45.6
1965-1966 45.9

The total snowfall this season at Atlanta breaks top 5 for total snowfall recorded December through March for the period of record.  As of midnight Wednesday March 3, the total snowfall for the winter season so far is 5.3 inches which is now the fifth highest since accurate snow records began in 1929. Additionally...the snow on March 2nd marks the third time measurable snow and the tenth time at least a trace of snow or sleet fell at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport this season. In an average winter season...Atlanta typically experiences 4 days of measurable snow and 6 days with a trace or more of snow or sleet

Snowfall (December 1 - March 30)
Atlanta
Normal 2.5   inches
Total through March 2nd
5.3 inches
YEAR SNOWFALL
1935-1936 10.9
1982-1983 10.3
1939-1940 8.3
1981-1982 7.7
1991-1992 5.0
1959-1960 4.8
1986-1987 4.8
1978-1979 4.6
1933-1934 4.5
1961-1962 4.5
Athens
Normal 2.5 inches
Total through March 2nd
5.0 inches
YEAR SNOWFALL
1935-1936 12.0
1982-1983 10.6
1939-1940 9.8
1959-1960 8.6
1933-1934 8.2
1986-1987 7.5
1981-1982 7.1
1979-1980 6.3
1965-1966 5.6
1978-1979 4.7
Macon
Normal 1.6 inches
Total through March 2nd
3.0 inches
YEAR SNOWFALL
1972-1973 16.5
1935-1936 4.6
1954-1955 3.7
1978-1979 3.4
1939-1940 3.0
1976-1977 3.0
1967-1968 2.9
1992-1993 2.6
1981-1982 2.2
1987-1988 2.1
Columbus
Normal 1.1 inches
Total through March 2nd
2.0 inches
YEAR SNOWFALL
1972-1973 14.0
1992-1993 2.5
1978-1979 2.0
1981-1982 2.0
1993-1994 1.6
1976-1977 1.4
1979-1980 1.0
1982-1983 1.0
1987-1988 1.0
1996-1997 1.0

 

 

 

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