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North and Central Georgia

February 2019 and Winter 2018-2019 Climate Summary

 

For February, the majority of locations were about 4 to 7 degrees warmer than normal and 0 to 3 inches drier than normal. Sites across portions of northern Georgia were 1 to 5 inches wetter than normal. 

For the Winter 2018-2019 Season, the majority of locations were about 2 to 5 degrees warmer than normal with well above average rainfall.

 

Monthly Top 10 Rankings

Seasonal Top 10 Rankings

Athens

10th Warmest February on record

3rd Wettest December on record

Athens

7th Wettest Winter on record

Atlanta

7th Warmest February on record

4th Wettest December on record

Atlanta

8th Wettest Winter on record

Columbus

5th Warmest February on record

9th Driest February on record

Columbus

None

Macon

9th Warmest February on record

7th Driest February on record

Macon

None

 

*Complete rankings in tables below

 

Seasonal Avg. Temperature (°F) and Rankings for December-February

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Site

Avg. Temp. and Current Ranking

Normal

Dep. from Normal

Previous Records

Athens

48.2 (17th Warmest)

45.4

+2.8

54.2 (1931-32)

Atlanta

49.4 (11th Warmest)

45.3

+4.2

54.3 (1889-90)

Columbus

53.4 (11th Warmest)

49.1

+4.3

57.5 (1926-27)

Macon

51.8 (13th Warmest)

48.1

+3.7

56.2 (1931-32)

Cartersville

46.0

42.8

+3.3

 

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

46.5

44.2

+2.3

 

Fulton Co. Arpt

48.0

44.7

+3.3

 

Gainesville

46.2

43.6

+2.6

 

Peachtree City

49.6

44.6

+4.9

 

Rome

47.1

42.7

+4.4

 

 

Temp. Extremes (ºF) for Dec-Feb

Site

Warmest Temp.

Coldest Temp.

Athens

81 (2/7)*

23 (1/30)

Atlanta

80 (2/7)*

22 (1/21)

Columbus

83 (2/22)

24 (1/30)

Macon

83 (2/22)*

22 (1/31)

Cartersville

81 (2/7)*

18 (1/30)

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

79 (2/7)*

20 (1/21,1/30)

Fulton Co. Arpt

81 (2/7)*

21 (1/21)

Gainesville

78 (2/7)*

21 (1/21)

Peachtree City

82 (2/7)*

21 (1/30,1/31)

Rome

82 (2/7)*

18 (1/30)

* Set record for day

 

December 2018 Avg. Temperature (°F) and Rankings

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Site

Avg. Temp. and Current Ranking

Normal

Dep. from Normal

Record

Athens

47.4 (34th Warmest)

45.4

+2.0

56.4 (2015)

Atlanta

48.6 (26th Warmest)

45.3

+3.3

57.6 (2015)

Columbus

51.9 (32nd Warmest)

49.1

+2.8

59.1 (2015)

Macon

50.8 (35th Warmest)

48.0

+2.8

 58.6 (2015)

Cartersville

45.0

42.6

+2.4

 

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

45.6

44.3

+1.3

 

Fulton Co. Arpt

47.0

44.8

+2.2

 

Gainesville

45.3

43.7

+1.6

 

Peachtree City

48.3

44.4

+3.9

 

Rome

46.2

42.6

+3.6

 

 

January Avg. Temperature (°F) and Rankings

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Site

Avg. Temp. and Current Ranking

Normal

Dep. from Normal

Record

Athens

45.0 (44th Warmest)

43.5

+1.5

54.4 (1950)

Atlanta

45.9 (38th Warmest)

43.3

+2.6

55.4 (1950)

Columbus

49.7 (40th Warmest)

47.2

+2.5

60.4 (1950)

Macon

48.8 (43rd Warmest)

46.3

+2.5

60.5 (1950)

Cartersville

42.5

41.1

+1.4

 

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

43.4

42.2

+1.2

 

Fulton Co. Arpt

44.8

43.1

+1.7

 

Gainesville

42.9

41.7

+1.2

 

Peachtree City

46.1

42.8

+3.3

 

Rome

43.5

41.1

+2.4

 

 

February Avg. Temperature (°F) and Rankings

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Site

Avg. Temp. and Current Ranking

Normal

Dep. from Normal

Record

Athens

 52.2 (10th Warmest)

47.2

+5.0

57.4 (2018)

Atlanta

53.8 (7th Warmest)

47.2

+6.6

57.3 (2018)

Columbus

58.7 (5th Warmest)

51.1

+7.6

62.3 (2018)

Macon

55.8 (9th Warmest)

50.0

+5.8

60.3 (2018)

Cartersville

50.6

44.6

+6.0

 

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

50.6

46.1

+4.5

 

Fulton Co. Arpt

52.2

46.3

+5.9

 

Gainesville

50.4

45.5

+4.9

 

Peachtree City

54.3

46.7

+7.6

 

Rome

51.6

44.3

+7.3

 

 

Temp. Extremes (°F) for February

Site

Warmest Temp.

Coldest Temp.

Athens

81 (2/7)*

25 (2/1)

Atlanta

80 (2/7)*

34 (2/1)

Columbus

83 (2/22)

32 (2/1, 2/14)

Macon

83 (2/22)*

26 (2/1)

Cartersville

81 (2/7)*

24 (2/1)

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

79 (2/7)*

25 (2/1)*

Fulton Co. Arpt

81 (2/7)*

26 (2/1)

Gainesville

78 (2/7)*

28 (2/1)

Peachtree City

82 (2/7)*

26 (2/1)

Rome

82 (2/7)*

25 (2/1)

* Set record for day

 

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

Athens

19.84 (7th Wettest)

12.26

+7.58

23.20 (1935-36)

Atlanta

22.20 (8th Wettest)

12.77

+9.43

26.30 (1919-20)

Columbus

15.08 (42nd Wettest)

12.56

+2.52

29.07 (1935-36)

Macon

13.78 (46th Wettest)

12.64

+1.14

23.34 (1924-25)

Cartersville

21.99

13.74

+8.25

 

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

22.55

13.97

+8.58

 

Fulton Co. Arpt

22.09

13.16

+8.93

 

Gainesville

24.76

14.40

+10.36

 

Peachtree City

19.42

13.24

+6.18

 

Rome

27.98

14.07

+13.91

 

 

Precip. Extremes (in) for Dec-Feb

Site

Highest Daily Amount

Athens

2.17 (12/1)*

Atlanta

3.47 (12/28)

Columbus

2.33 (1/4)*

Macon

1.98 (1/4)

Cartersville

2.10 (12/8)*

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

3.12 (12/28)*

Fulton Co. Arpt

2.88 (12/28)*

Gainesville

2.65 (12/28)*

Peachtree City

2.21 (12/28)*

Rome

2.61 (12/8)*

* Set record for day

 

December 2018 Precipitation Totals (in) and Rankings

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Site

Total Precip. and Current Ranking

Normal

Dep. from Normal

Record

Athens

10.89 (3rd Wettest)

3.73

+7.16

12.37 (2015)

Atlanta

11.83 (4th Wettest)

3.90

+7.93

12.94 (2015)

Columbus

7.93 (16th Wettest)

4.27

+3.66

17.38 (2015)

Macon

6.26 (22nd Wettest)

4.04

+2.22

12.62 (2015)

Cartersville

9.73

4.24

+5.49

 

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

12.02

4.16

+7.86

 

Fulton Co. Arpt

11.14

3.99

+7.15

 

Gainesville

12.24

4.50

+7.74

 

Peachtree City

10.66

4.14

+6.52

 

Rome

10.33

4.38

+5.95

 

 

January Precipitation Totals (in) and Rankings

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Site

Total Precip. and Current Ranking

Normal

Dep. from Normal

Records

Athens

 5.34 (42nd Wettest)

4.05

+1.29

12.83 (1936)

Atlanta

6.23 (25th Wettest)

4.20

+2.03

 15.82 (1883)

Columbus

5.65 (29th Wettest)

3.85

+1.80

 13.76 (1925)

Macon

6.15 (18th Wettest)

4.24

+1.91

13.22 (1925)

Cartersville

4.71

4.60

+0.11

 

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

5.37

4.80

+0.57

 

Fulton Co. Arpt

5.32

4.27

+1.05

 

Gainesville

5.29

5.03

+0.26

 

Peachtree City

6.40

4.20

+2.20

 

Rome

6.82

4.82

+2.00

 

 

February Precipitation Totals (in) and Rankings

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Site

Total Precip. and Current Ranking

Normal

Dep. from Normal

Records

Athens

3.61 (46th Driest)

4.48

-0.87

0.66 (1898)

Atlanta

4.14 (66th Driest)

4.67

-0.53

0.56 (1898)

Columbus

1.50 (9th Driest)

4.44

-2.94

0.80 (1907)

Macon

1.37 (7th Driest)

4.36

-2.99

0.37 (2000)

Cartersville

7.55

4.90

+2.65

 

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

5.16

5.01

+0.15

 

Fulton Co. Arpt

5.63

4.90

+0.73

 

Gainesville

7.23

4.87

+2.36

 

Peachtree City

2.36

4.90

-2.54

 

Rome

10.83

4.87

+5.96

 

 

Precip. Extremes (in) for February

Site

Highest Daily Amount

Athens

0.86 (2/19)

Atlanta

1.25 (2/20)

Columbus

0.45 (2/24)

Macon

0.30 (2/12)

Cartersville

1.78 (2/19)*

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

1.74 (2/19)*

Fulton Co. Arpt

1.80 (2/19)*

Gainesville

1.70 (2/19)*

Peachtree City

0.68 (2/21)

Rome

2.04 (2/19)*

* Set record for day

 

Records Set this Winter/February

Athens:

  • High Maximum Temperature
    • 75 on 12/2 (ties record of 75 set in 1991, 1970, and 1922)
    • 81 on 2/7 (breaks old record of 76 last set in 1927)
  • High Minimum Temperature
    • 62 on 2/7 (breaks old record of 56 last set in 1927)
  • Daily Precipitation Total
    • 2.17 on 12/1 (breaks old record of 1.71“ set in 1996)

Atlanta:

  • High Maximum Temperature
    • 74 on 12/2 (ties record of 74 in 1998, 1991,1970)
    • 80 on 2/7 (breaks old record of 72 last set in 1937)
  • High Minimum Temperature
    • 57 on 1/1 (ties record of 57 last set in 1985)
    • 59 on 2/6 (breaks old record of 57 last set in 1927)
    • 62 on 2/7 (ties record of 62 last set in 1937)
  • Daily Precipitation Total
    • 1.61 on 12/1 (breaks old record of 1.60“ set in 1996)

Columbus:

  • High Maximum Temperature Record
    • 82 on 2/7 (ties record of 82 last set in 1927)
  • High Minimum Temperature
    • 63 on 1/1 (breaks old record of 60 last set in 1919)
  • Daily Precipitation Total
    • 2.33 on 1/4 (breaks old record of 1.75“ set in 1971)

Macon:

  • High Maximum Temperature
    • 81 on 2/7 (breaks old record of 79 last set in 1999)
    • 83 on 2/22 (ties record of 83 last set in 1962)
  • High Minimum Temperature 
    • 65 on 1/1 (breaks old record of 62 last set in 1985 

 

March and Spring Outlook

Based on the Climate Prediction Center’s outlook for March, north Georgia has equal chances of above, below, or normal temperatures. Far central Georgia has a 33% to 40% chance of above normal temperatures. All of north and central Georgia has a 50% to 60% of above normal precipitation.

 

Based on the Climate Prediction Center’s spring outlook (Mar-May), all of north and central Georgia has a 33% to 40% for above normal temperatures. Much of northern Georgia has about a 33% to 40% chance for above normal precipitation, with a 40% to 50% chance for above normal precipitation across central Georgia.

 

 

Spring Flood Outlook

The Spring flood risk is above normal for north and central Georgia.

For the spring of 2019, the Southeast River Forecast Center is calling for an above normal river flood potential for north and central Georgia. Given that spring is a characteristically active period for river flooding, this outlook indicates that north and central Georgia can expect to see the number and magnitude of river floods to be higher than typical.

For more information, please refer to our ESF.

 

The National Climate Report for February 2019 contains data on a wider scale. For more information, click here

Data prepared by the Atlanta Forecast Office.