Columbus was close to Record Low Territory Thursday Morning, with a low of 48°F at the Columbus airport, recorded at 6:51 AM EDT. The highest record low in May for Columbus Georgia was 43°F set on 5/5/1973, 5/28/1961, 5/3/1961, 5/14/1960. There was one record set today. Athens Georgia set a new record low of 37°F this morning.
The Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network [ AEMN ] at Callaway Gardens recorded a low of 40.6°F at 6:30 AM EDT. It’s a shame funding for this and other automated stations around Georgia has been cut. AEMN is scheduled to be shutdown in late Summer 2011 due to a shortfall in funding.
Generally, for lack of a more reliable measure, I split the temps from these 2 reporting stations above, and have a good idea what the temperature was here in Cataula. That being said, it was around 44°F out here, a little cooler in low lying spots such as my exact location. The two outdoor thermometers on the land had readings of 41 and 43 respectively.
On another note:
The rain that passed through the area Tuesday night did just that. I recorded little more than a trace in the gauge. I suspect before long I’ll begin doing Drought reports again. The last was on November 14, 2010, and since then things looked pretty good. But as a local meteorologist points out, “we are running over 4 inches below average for this point in the year“. Expect localized drought conditions to worsen as we move into the summer months, save something from the tropics as mentioned in other posts.