North and Central Georgia
Winter 2012-2013 Climate Summary
 
9th Warmest on record at Atlanta
20th Wettest on record at Atlanta
 
Seasonal Avg. Temperature (°F) and Rankings for Dec-Feb
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Site
Avg. Temp. and Current Ranking
Normal
Dep. from Normal
Previous Records
48.2 (10th Warmest)
45.3
+2.9
54.3 (1932)
49.3 (9th Warmest)
45.2
+4.1
54.3 (1890)
53.7 (4th Warmest)
49.0
+4.7
54.9 (1950)
51.3 (15th Warmest)
48.0
+3.3
56.1 (1932)

 
Temp. Extremes (°F) for Dec-Feb

Site
Warmest Temp.
Coldest Temp.
Athens
76 on 12/3
22 on 2/2
Atlanta
76 on 1/12
25 on 2/17
Columbus
78 on 12/3, 1/14, 1/29
28 on 12/30, 2/2, 2/17
Macon
78 on 1/12
20 on 2/2

 
December Avg. Temperature (°F) and Rankings

Site
Avg. Temp. and Current Ranking
Normal
Dep. from Normal
Previous Records
Athens
49.8 (9th Warmest)
45.4
+4.4
53.8 (1984)
Atlanta
51.1 (9th Warmest)
45.3
+5.8
57.2 (1889)
Columbus
54.1 (7th Warmest)
49.1
+5.0
57.7 (1971)
Macon
52.2 (17th Warmest)
48.0
+4.2
56.3 (1956)

 
January Avg. Temperature (°F) and Rankings

Site
Avg. Temp. and Current Ranking
Normal
Dep. from Normal
Previous Records
Athens
49.3 (7th Warmest)
43.5
+5.8
54.4 (1932)
Atlanta
49.9 (9th Warmest)
43.3
+6.6
55.4 (1950)
Columbus
55.5 (3rd Warmest)
47.2
+8.3
60.4 (1950)
Macon
53.0 (11th Warmest)
46.3
+6.7
60.5 (1950)

 
February Avg. Temperature (°F) and Rankings

Site
Avg. Temp. and Current Ranking
Normal
Dep. from Normal
Previous Records
Athens
45.2 (35th Coolest)
47.2
-2.0
35.7 (1905)
Atlanta
46.6 (62nd Warmest)
47.2
-0.6
54.9 (1927)
Columbus
51.2 (28th Warmest)
51.1
+0.1
57.9 (1957)
Macon
48.4 (42nd Coolest)
50.0
-1.6
40.9 (1968)

  
Seasonal Precipitation Totals (in) and Rankings for Dec-Feb
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Site
Total Precip. and Current Ranking
Normal
Dep. from Normal
Previous Records
17.19 (24th Wettest)
12.26
+4.93
23.20 (1936)
18.33 (20th Wettest)
12.77
+5.56
26.30 (1920)
20.92 (2nd Wettest)
12.56
+8.36
22.52 (2010)
19.78 (4th Wettest)
12.64
+7.14
23.34 (1925)
 
Precip. Extremes (in) for Dec-Feb

Site
Highest Daily Amount
Athens
1.55 on 2/26
Atlanta
1.51 on 1/30
Columbus
3.13 on 2/12
Macon
2.25 on 2/7

 
December Precipitation Totals (in) and Rankings

Site
Total Precip. and Current Ranking
Normal
Dep. from Normal
Previous Records
Athens
5.86 (28th Wettest)
3.73
+2.13
11.31 (1931)
Atlanta
5.93 (26th Wettest)
3.90
+2.03
12.94 (1919)
Columbus
5.23 (19th Wettest)
4.27
+0.96
13.62 (2009)
Macon
4.86 (39th Wettest)
4.04
+0.82
10.39 (1972)

 
January Precipitation Totals (in) and Rankings

Site
Total Precip. and Current Ranking
Normal
Dep. from Normal
Previous Records
Athens
4.97 (48th Wettest)
4.05
+0.92
12.83 (1936)
Atlanta
4.90 (57th Wettest)
4.20
+0.70
15.82 (1883)
Columbus
3.22 (24th Driest)
3.85
-0.63
0.72 (1989)
Macon
2.05 (31st Driest)
4.24
-2.19
0.59 (1928)

 
 February Precipitation Totals (in) and Rankings

Site
Total Precip. and Current Ranking
Normal
Dep. from Normal
Previous Records
Athens
6.36 (24th Wettest)
4.48
+1.88
12.06 (1873)
Atlanta
7.50 (15th Wettest)
4.67
+2.83
12.77 (1961)
Columbus
12.47 (#1 Wettest)
4.44
+8.03
9.41 (1961)
Macon
12.87 (#1 Wettest)
4.36
+8.51
12.04 (1929)

  
Records Set this Winter
Atlanta:
  • High temperatures of 74 on 12/3 and 76 on 1/12
  • Daily snowfall of a trace on 12/29
Columbus:
  • Wettest February on record (beats previous of 9.41” set in 1961)
  • High temperatures of 77 on 1/12, 76 on 1/13, and 78 on 1/14
  • Daily precipitation totals of 1.27” on 1/16 and 3.13” on 2/12
Macon:
  • Wettest February on record (beats previous of 12.04” set in 1929)
  • High temperatures of 78 on 1/12 and 77 on 1/13 (ties previous set in 1907)
  • Daily precipitation totals of 2.21” on 2/11 and 1.73” on 2/23
 
Spring Outlook
Based on the Climate Prediction Center’s spring outlook (Mar-May), North and Central Georgia has nearly a 50% chance for above normal temperatures. North Georgia has an equal chance for above, below, or near normal precipitation, while the southern portion of Central Georgia has about a 35% chance for below normal amounts. 
Data prepared by the Atlanta Forecast Office.

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