Hottest Year Ever : Coldest Winter Ever

Georgia eyes coldest winter ever

By Pam Knox, University of Georgia
Feb. 8, 2011 7:44am

Cold temperatures and heavy snow crippled north Georgia in January. Despite heavier-than-normal snowfall, precipitation amounts were below normal, increasing drought conditions across the state.

Georgia’s temperature was significantly below normal last month. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 40.2 degrees F (2.5 degrees below normal), in Athens 39.7 degrees (2.5 degrees below normal), Columbus 43.6 degrees (3.2 degrees below normal), Macon 42 degrees (3.5 degrees below normal), Savannah 45.1 degrees (4.1 degrees below normal), Brunswick 49.1 degrees (2.6 degrees below normal), Alma 44.9 degrees (6.8 degrees below normal), Valdosta 47.3 degrees (2.6 degrees below normal) and Augusta 41.7 degrees (3.1 degrees below normal).

If colder-than-normal temperatures continue into February, this winter could possibly set records for the coldest winter ever in some parts of Georgia. Record low temperatures were set at Macon, Savannah and Alma Jan. 14. Macon reported 16 degrees, breaking the old record of 19 degrees set that date in 1970. Savannah and Alma reported 18 degrees, surpassing the old records of 20 degrees set at both locations in 1964.

h/t to Marc Morano

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10 Responses to Hottest Year Ever : Coldest Winter Ever

  1. latitude says:

    Pam is obviously mistaken….

    The open water in the Arctic created more cold and more moisture in the air…

    precipitation amounts can not be below normal

    (does anyone believe these climate scientists any more)

  2. Dave N says:

    “Hottest year ever” is so last year. Get ready for the coldest year in decades..

  3. Dave N says:

    ..and the hotter waters are making sharks madder:

    ..but at least they acknowledge it was worse in 2000.

  4. NoMoreGore says:

    Warmers claim open water (from 6 months ago) saturated the arctic atmosphere ( which is now running ~245k -18F)
    …. and then this dripping wet frigid arctic air pushes south, warms 15 to 50 degrees F, but somehow, this temperature increase causes it to precipitate out huge volumes of snow? Typical progressive thought process.

    When in fact, we’ve seen multiple reports now that conditions are actually drier, precipitation is down, just as cold conditions would suggest.

    “…. Despite heavier-than-normal snowfall, precipitation amounts were below normal, increasing drought conditions across the state…”

  5. Andy Weiss says:

    The last half of February is supposed to be mild, so I wouldn’t count on it being the coldest winter on record for GA.

  6. Amino Acids in Meteorites says:

    Anyone seen a global warmer lately? It got too coldhot for them here?

  7. omnologos says:

    what’s soon special about snow thayer makes it dry things up? there is something funny about the definition of “drought”

  8. Jeff K says:

    Now, if we thought like the chicken little alarmists we would say, “Atlanta was 2.5 degrees below average this winter. If this alarming pattern continues, in 100 years Atlanta could be 250 degrees below average. Women and children will most likely be hardest hit.”

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