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North and Central Georgia

December 2019 Climate Summary

 

For December, the majority of locations experienced temperatures around 2 to 7 degrees warmer than normal and 0 to 3 inches wetter than normal

 

Monthly Top 10 Rankings

Athens

None

Atlanta

10th Warmest December on Record

Columbus

None

Macon

8th Wettest December on Record

*Complete rankings in tables below

 

Temp. Extremes (ºF) for December

Site Warmest Temperature Date Coldest Temperature Date
Athens 74 12/16 25 12/20
Atlanta 71 12/24,12/29 29 12/19
Columbus 79 12/10* 29 12/19
Macon 78 12/10 25 12/19,12/20
Cartersville 73 12/29* 24 12/12*
Dekalb Peachtree Arpt 70 12/24 26 12/19,12/20
Fulton Co. Arpt 71 12/16,12/24 26 12/20
Gainesville 69 12/24 28 12/19
Peachtree City 74 12/24* 26 12/19,12/20
Rome 72 12/16,12/29* 26 12/20

* Set record for day

 

Data displayed in maps are from the NRCC hi-res data set through the NOAA Regional Climate Center. 

 

December Avg. Temperature (°F) and Rankings

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Site

Avg. Temp. and Current Ranking

Normal

Dep. from Normal

Record

Athens

50.2 (11th Warmest)

45.4

+4.8

56.4 (2015)

Atlanta

51.2 (10th Warmest)

45.3

+5.9

57.6 (2015)

Columbus

53.9 (17th Warmest)

49.1

+4.8

59.1 (2015)

Macon

52.3 (16th Warmest)

48.0

+4.3

58.6 (2015)

Cartersville

49.8

42.6

+7.2

 

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

48.3

44.3

+4.0

 

Fulton Co. Arpt

49.5

44.8

+4.7

 

Gainesville

48.3

43.7

+4.6

 

Peachtree City

51.0

44.4

+6.6

 

Rome

49.2

42.6

+6.6

 

 

Observed Maximum Temperature Departure from Normal (Deg F)

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Precip. Extremes (in) for December

Site

Highest Daily Amount

Athens

2.20 (12/13)*

Atlanta

2.23 (12/13)*

Columbus

2.84 (12/22)

Macon

3.11 (12/13)*

Cartersville

1.28 (12/22)

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

1.73 (12/13)*

Fulton Co. Arpt

1.69 (12/13)*

Gainesville

1.37 (12/13)*

Peachtree City

3.04 (12/13)*

Rome

2.01 (12/22)

* Set record for day

 

December 2019 Precipitation Totals (in) and Rankings

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Site

Total Precip. and Current Ranking

Normal

Dep. from Normal

Record

Athens

5.74 (34th Wettest)

3.73

+2.01

12.37 (2015)

Atlanta

5.14 (46th Wettest)

3.90

+1.24

12.94 (1919)

Columbus

8.05  (16th Wettest)

4.27

+3.78

17.38 (2015)

Macon

8.67 (8th Wettest)

4.04

+4.63

12.62 (2015)

Cartersville

4.07

4.24

-0.17

 

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

4.57

4.16

+0.41

 

Fulton Co. Arpt

4.84

3.99

+0.85

 

Gainesville

4.63

4.50

+0.13

 

Peachtree City

7.21

4.14

+3.07

 

Rome

6.34

4.38

+1.96

 

 

Data displayed in maps are from the NRCC hi-res data set through the NOAA Regional Climate Center. 

 

Records Set this December

The daily records are listed below: 

Athens:

  • Highest Minimum Temperature
    • 62 degrees was reached on 12/29. This breaks the old record of 59 degrees, last set in 2015.
  • Daily Precipitation Record
    • 2.20 inches of precip was reported on 12/13. This breaks the old record of 1.78 inches, last set in 1935.

Atlanta:

  • Highest Minimum Temperature
    • 62 degrees was reached on 12/29. This breaks the old record of 61 degrees, last set in 1996.
  • Daily Precipitation Record
    • 2.23 inches of precip was reported on 12/13. This breaks the old record of 1.25 inches, last set in 1885.

Columbus:

  • Highest Maximum Temperature
    • 79 degrees was reached on 12/10. This ties the old record of 79 degrees, last set in 1972.
  • Highest Minimum Temperature
    • 66 degrees was reached on 12/29. This breaks the old record of 61 degrees, last set in 1974.

Macon:

  • Daily Precipitation Record
    • 3.11 inches of precip was reported on 12/13. This breaks the old record of 1.96 inches, last set in 1907.
    • 1.22 inches of precip was reported on 12/17. This breaks the old record of 1.14 inches, last set in 1992.

 

January Outlook

Based on the Climate Prediction Center’s January outlook, all of north and central Georgia has equal chances of above, normal, or below normal temperatures. For precipitation, much of north and central Georgia have a 40-50% chance of above average precipitation.

 

January Drought Outlook

Based on the U.S. Monthly Drought Outlook for January, no drought conditions are expected across north and central Georgia. With no drought across the area, the last Drought Information Statement was released on December 19th, 2019. 

Data prepared by the Atlanta Forecast Office.