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North and Central Georgia

January 2020 Climate Summary

 

For January, the majority of locations experienced temperatures around 4 to 6 degrees warmer than normal and 2 to 4 inches wetter than normal

 

Monthly Top 10 Rankings

Athens

None

Atlanta

None

Columbus

8th Wettest January on Record

Macon

None

*Complete rankings in tables below


 

Temp. Extremes (ºF) for January

Site Warmest Temperature Date Coldest Temperature Date
Athens 74 1/15 21 1/22
Atlanta 72 1/15 23 1/21
Columbus 77 1/3 26 1/21
Macon 81 1/3* 23 1/22
Cartersville 73 1/11* 18  1/22
Dekalb Peachtree Arpt 70 1/15 20 1/22
Fulton Co. Arpt 71 1/11* 20 1/22
Gainesville 68 1/15 23 1/22
Peachtree City 73 1/11*,1/15 22 1/22
Rome 74 1/11 20 1/22

* Set record for day

 

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

 

January Avg. Temperature (°F) and Rankings

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Site

Avg. Temp. and Current Ranking

Normal

Dep. from Normal

Record

Athens

48.8 (13th Warmest)

43.5

+5.3

54.4 (1950)

Atlanta

49.2 (17th Warmest)

43.3

+5.9

55.4 (1950)

Columbus

52.4 (20th Warmest)

47.2

+5.2

60.4 (1950)

Macon

52.5 (13th Warmest)

46.3

+6.2

60.5 (1950)

Cartersville

47.2

41.1

+6.1

 

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

46.2

42.2

+4.0

 

Fulton Co. Arpt

47.7

43.1

+4.6

 

Gainesville

46.2

41.7

+4.5

 

Peachtree City

49.7

42.8

+6.9

 

Rome

46.7

41.1

+5.6

 

 

January Observed Average Temperature Departure from Normal (Deg F)

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  • Athens
  • Atlanta
  • Columbus
  • Macon

Precip. Extremes (in) for January

Site

Highest Daily Amount

Athens

1.52 (1/13)*

Atlanta

1.91 (1/13)

Columbus

2.00 (1/13)

Macon

1.27 (1/11)

Cartersville

1.35 (1/2)

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

1.69 (1/11)

Fulton Co. Arpt

1.40 (1/3)*

Gainesville

1.80 (1/2)

Peachtree City

2.66 (1/13)*

Rome

1.51 (1/2)*

* Set record for day

 

January Precipitation Totals (in) and Rankings

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Site

Total Precip. and Current Ranking

Normal

Dep. from Normal

Record

Athens

7.49 (16th Wettest)

4.05

+3.44

12.83 (1936)

Atlanta

8.01 (16th Wettest)

4.20

+3.81

15.82 (1883)

Columbus

7.53  (8th Wettest)

3.85

+3.68

13.76 (1925)

Macon

4.13 (57th Wettest)

4.24

-0.11

13.22 (1925)

Cartersville

5.56

4.60

+0.96

 

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

7.87

4.80

+3.07

 

Fulton Co. Arpt

7.82

4.27

+3.55

 

Gainesville

7.52

5.03

+2.49

 

Peachtree City

8.03

4.20

+3.83

 

Rome

4.94

4.82

+0.12

 

 

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

 

Records Set this January

The daily records are listed below: 

Athens:

  • Highest Minimum Temperature
    • 60 degrees was reached on 1/11. This breaks the old record of 59 degrees, last set in 2013.
  • Daily Precipitation Record
    • 1.52 inches of precip was reported on 1/13. This breaks the old record of 1.50 inches, last set in 2005.

Atlanta:

  • No records were set at Atlanta this January.

Columbus:

  • Highest Minimum Temperature
    • 61 degrees was reached on 1/3. This breaks the old record of 60 degrees, last set in 1917.
    • 64 degrees was reached on 1/11. This breaks the old record of 63 degrees, last set in 2013.

Macon:

  • Highest Minimum Temperature
    • 63 degrees was reached on 1/11. This breaks the old record of 61 degrees, last set in 2013.
  • Highest Maximum Temperature
    • 81 degrees was reached on 1/3. This breaks the old record of 76 degrees, last set in 2000.
    • 78 degrees was reached on 1/15. This ties the old record of 78 degrees, last set in 1950.

 

February Climate Outlook

Based on the Climate Prediction Center’s February outlook, north Georgia has a 40% to 50% chance of above normal temperatures and central Georgia has a 50% to 60% chance of above normal temperatures. For precipitation, all of north and central Georgia has around a 40-50% chance of above normal precipitation.

 

February Drought Outlook

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

Data prepared by the Atlanta Forecast Office.