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August summer weather update

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August summer weather update

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Extension Agent Michael Abney

Jones County Extension Service

July 2018 brought welcome near-average temperatures to the state of Georgia. Rainfall in many parts of the state was above normal, but dry conditions were scattered across the state in the hit-or-miss thunderstorms that fell throughout July.

For Macon, the monthly average temperature was 81.3 (0.5 degrees below normal). Across the state no daily temperature records were set in July. The highest monthly total precipitation from the National Weather Service reporting stations was 8.04 inches in Atlanta (2.77 inches above normal) and the lowest was in Augusta with 3.13 inches (1.20 inches below normal). Macon received 6.37 inches of rainfall (1.42 inches above normal. Two precipitation records were set in July at National Weather Stations. Atlanta reported a daily value of 3.00 inches on July 14, breaking their old daily record of 2.77 inches set in 1954. Alma reported 2.70 inches on July 7, breaking the old record of 1.68 inches set in 2000. They noted that the 2.50 inches reported in an hour on this day was the highest all-time-one-hour rainfall amount for July at this location.

Because of adequate rainfall and cooler temperatures, no drought or abnormally dry conditions were reported in the state in July. This information was pulled from an article written by Pam Knox, the Agriculture Climatologist from the crop and Soil Sciences Department at UGA. To view the full article titled, “July 2018 was fairly wet in Georgia but near normal in temperature,” follow this link https://site.extension.uga.edu/climate/2018/08/https://site.extension.uga.edu/climate/2018/08/july-2018-was-fairly-wet-in-georgia-but-near-normal-in-temperature/july-2018-was-fairly-wet-ingeorgia-but-near-normal-intemperature/. Also for more questions please refer to the Jones County Extension Office at 478-986-3958.