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North and Central Georgia

March 2020 Climate Summary

 

For March, the majority of locations were about 5 to 8 degrees warmer than normal and 1 to 2 inches wetter than normal.

 

Monthly Top 10 Rankings

Athens

3rd Warmest March on Record

Atlanta

3rd Warmest March on Record

Columbus

6th Warmest March on Record

Macon

5th Warmest March on Record

*Complete rankings in tables below

 

March Avg. Temperature (°F) and Rankings

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Site

Avg. Temp. and Current Ranking

Normal

Dep. from Normal

Record

Athens

60.8 (3rd Warmest)

54.3

+6.5

63.6 (2012)

Atlanta

61.6  (3rd Warmest)

54.3

+7.3

64.5 (2012)

Columbus

65.4 (6th Warmest)

57.8

+7.6

68.1 (1907)

Macon

64.5 (5th Warmest)

56.8

+7.7

65.3 (1907)

Cartersville

59.4

51.7

+7.7

 

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

58.4

53.3

+5.1

 

Fulton Co. Arpt

60.1

53.6

+6.5

 

Gainesville

57.5

52.7

+4.8

 

Peachtree City

62.3

53.2

+9.1

 

Rome

59.4

52.1

+7.3

 

 

Temp. Extremes (°F) for March

Site

Warmest Temp.

Date

Coldest Temp.

Date

Athens

89

3/28*

28

3/1

Atlanta

85

3/27

33

3/7

Columbus

87

3/28

35

3/1

Macon

87

3/14*, 3/19, 3/29

28

3/1

Cartersville

89

3/27*

27

3/1

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

84

3/27*

27

3/1

Fulton Co. Arpt

86

3/27*

30

3/1

Gainesville

85

3/27*

29

3/1

Peachtree City

87

3/28*

30

3/1

Rome

88

3/27*

28

3/1

* Set record for day; Bold = All Time March Record

Observed Temperatures Across Georgia

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March Precipitation Totals (in) and Rankings

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Site

Avg. Temp. and Current Ranking

Normal

Dep. from Normal

Record

Athens

5.42 (53rd Wettest)

4.43

+0.99

14.15 (1929)

Atlanta

7.45 (32nd Wettest)

4.81

+2.64

13.28 (1929)

Columbus

5.63 (55th Wettest)

5.46

+0.17

16.29 (1929)

Macon

6.00 (40th Wettest)

4.55

+1.45

12.52 (1944)

Cartersville

7.02

4.72

+2.30

 

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

6.42

4.98

+1.44

 

Fulton Co. Arpt

6.60

4.81

+1.79

 

Gainesville

6.41

5.42

+0.99

 

Peachtree City

6.63

5.11

+1.52

 

Rome

6.36

4.95

+1.41

 

 

Precip. Extremes (in) for March

Site

Highest Daily Amount

Date

Athens

1.49

3/5

Atlanta

1.57

3/5

Columbus

2.08

3/4

Macon

1.62

3/4

Cartersville

1.63

3/24*

DeKalb Peachtree Arpt

1.49

3/5*

Fulton Co. Arpt

1.57

3/5*

Gainesville

1.98

3/24*

Peachtree City

1.65

3/5*

Rome

1.16

3/24

* Set record for day

Observed Precipitation Across Georgia

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Daily Records Set This March

Athens

  • Highest Maximum Temperature
    • 86 degrees was reached on 3/20. This ties the record of 86 degrees, last set in 1907.
    • 88 degrees was reached on 3/27. This breaks the record of 87 degrees, last set in 1921.
    • 89 degrees was reached on 3/28. This breaks the record of 85 degrees, last set in 2007.
  • Highest Minimum Temperature
    • 63 degrees was reached on 3/13. This breaks the record of 60 degrees, last set in 2016.
    • 60 degrees was reached on 3/19. This ties the record of 60 degrees, last set in 1963.
    • 60 degrees was reached on 3/28. This breaks the record of 62 degrees, last set in 1922.
    • 65 degrees was reached on 3/29. This breaks the record of 62 degrees, last set in 1977. All-Time March Record

Atlanta

  • Highest Minimum Temperature
    • 62 degrees was reached on 3/13. This ties the record of 62 degrees, last set in 2016.
    • 66 degrees was reached on 3/28. This breaks the record of 62 degrees, last set in 2017.
    • 66 degrees was reached on 3/29. This breaks the record of 65 degrees, last set in 1924.

Columbus

  • Highest Maximum Temperature
    • 85 degrees was reached on 3/14. This breaks the old record of 84 degrees, last set in 1989.
  • Highest Minimum Temperature
    • 66 degrees was reached on 3/24. This ties the record of 63 degrees, last set in 1954.
    • 66 degrees was reached on 3/28. This breaks the record of 65 degrees, last set in 2017.
    • 67 degrees was reached on 3/29. This breaks the record of 67 degrees, last set in 1997.

Macon

  • Highest Maximum Temperature
    • 87 degrees was reached on 3/14. This breaks the record of 85 degrees, last set in 1973.
  • Highest Minimum Temperature
    • 65 degrees was reached on 3/24. This breaks the record of 64 degrees, last set in 1935.
    • 66 degrees was reached on 3/28. This breaks the record of 64 degrees, last set in 1991.

April Outlook

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

 

 

Data prepared by the Atlanta Forecast Office.