Georgia Drought Update – Huge Improvement – February 28 2013 #gawx

Heavy rains during February some which were record breaking, have wiped out ‘extreme drought conditions’ in Georgia and the Southeast. However, Pockets of ‘Severe drought’ remain in areas of Central and East Georgia extending into Northeast Florida. So even though the southeast had some good rain, drought still persists, and it won’t take long if dry conditions move in for drought conditions to increase once again throughout the area.

Some areas of Georgia saw record breaking rainfall amounts. One such area was Columbus Georgia where they saw 13.51 inches of precipitation in February, breaking the record of 9.41 inches for the same period. The ‘all time monthly precipitation record’ of 13.62 inches in December of 2009 still stands.

Here at my location, my February rainfall total is 13.29 inches. Here are some other Precipitation Totals for February across Georgia

Albany   -   8.77 inches
Athens   -   7.66 inches
Atlanta  -   9.02 inches
Augusta  -   9.40 inches
Columbus -  13.51 inches
Macon    -  13.75 inches
Savannah -   9.75 inches
Valdosta -   5.39 inches

Georgia / Southeast drought January 1 thru February 26 2013

Georgia Southeast drought February 2013 multi panel

February Rainfall thru Feb. 26 2013

February Rainfall multi panel

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More Record Breaking Heat in Georgia

Yet another Record High in Columbus was set on June 3, 2011. The temperature was another scorcher of 101 degrees. The previous record high was 99 degrees in 1985.

It could be worse. Macon Georgia saw a record high as well, 103 breaking their old record or 102 also in 1985.

Other areas around Georgia also saw their share of hot temperatures. Albany saw 102 and Valdosta saw 101. However, those were not record breaking temperatures.

Record Breaking Heat in Columbus and Georgia

August 1, 2010

For June 1, 2011 The temperature reached a scorching 102 degrees in Columbus, breaking the old record of 98 degrees set in 1998.

Other Cities around the state also had highs in 100’s.

ALBANY – 102
ALMA – 100
MACON – 100 RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE
VALDOSTA – 100

I don’t know if the others broke/set a record.

Heres some recent high temperatures from the past weeks in Columbus.

TUE MAY 31 2011

...RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE TIED AT COLUMBUS...

A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 96 DEGREES WAS SET AT COLUMBUS TODAY.
THIS TIES THE OLD RECORD OF 96 SET BACK IN 1953.

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MON MAY 30 2011

...RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE TIED AT COLUMBUS...

A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 95 DEGREES WAS SET AT COLUMBUS TODAY.
THIS TIES THE OLD RECORD OF 95 SET IN 2006.

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SUN MAY 29 2011

...RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE SET AT COLUMBUS...

A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 96 DEGREES WAS SET AT COLUMBUS SO FAR
TODAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 95 SET IN 1962.

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THU MAY 26 2011

...RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE SET AT COLUMBUS...

A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 95 DEGREES WAS SET AT COLUMBUS
YESTERDAY. THIS TIES THE OLD RECORD OF 95 SET IN 1953.

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WED MAY 25 2011

...RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE TIED AT COLUMBUS...

THE HIGH TEMPERATURE IN COLUMBUS REACHED 95 DEGREES TODAY. THIS
TIES THE RECORD FOR THAT DATE THAT WAS LAST SET 58 YEARS AGO IN 1953.

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SUN MAY 22 2011

...RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE SET AT COLUMBUS...

A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 96 DEGREES WAS SET AT COLUMBUS TODAY.
THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 95 SET IN 1996.

You can see more records here – http://www.weather.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=ffc

I wonder what this summer will bring ? Feeling kinda Hot and Dry.