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January 7, 2013

Warm, wet December brings some drought relief, but not enough

Georgia experienced a much warmer December than usual. Temperatures were 3-6 degrees above normal across the state. Rainfall totals ranged from more than 8 inches in the northern regions of the state to less than an inch along the coast.

In Atlanta the monthly average temperature was 51.1 degrees Fahrenheit (5.8 degrees above normal), in Athens the average was 49.8 degrees (4.4 above normal), in Columbus the average was 54.1 degrees (5 above normal), in Macon the average was 52.2 degrees (4.2 above normal), in Savannah the average was 56 degrees (4.3 above normal), in Brunswick the average was 57.4 degrees (3.3 above normal), in Alma the average was 55.7 degrees (3.1 above normal) and in Augusta the average was 51 degrees (3.8 above normal).

Augusta and Savannah were both warmer in December than the month before. It was the seventh warmest December in Columbus in 66 years of record, the ninth warmest in Atlanta in 135 years and the tenth warmest in Athens in 156 years.

Atlanta tied a daily record high of 74 degrees on December 3, matching the record set in 1982.

The highest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations was 5.93 inches in Atlanta (2.03 inches above normal) and the lowest was in Brunswick at 1.80 inches (0.84 below normal). Macon received 4.86 inches (0.82 inches above normal), Athens received 5.86 inches (2.13 above normal), Savannah received 1.91 inches (1.04 below normal), Columbus received 5.23 inches (0.96 above normal), Alma received 2.97 inches (0.32 below normal) and Augusta received 4.67 inches (1.28 inches above normal).

The highest single-day rainfall reported by a Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network reporter was 2.93 inches northeast of LaGrange in Troup County on December 26. An observer in Buena Vista in Marion County received 2.68 inches on the same date.

The highest monthly total rainfall was 10.43 inches, observed west of Emma in Dawson County. Two observers near Ellijay in Gilmer County reported 9.67 and 9.26 inches for the month. A few

observers in northern Georgia noted some snow flurries and sleet in the last ten days of the month, but the only measurable snowfall that was reported was 0.5 inches west of Blue Ridge in Fannin County on December 30.

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