Skip to comments.Atlanta cold snap: Why is it sweater weather in the South?
Posted on 08/17/2013 1:10:06 AM PDT by grundle
Atlanta looked set to break a second straight record for a lowest maximum temperature on Friday, capping one of the coolest, wettest summers on record for the usually sweltering city.
If you woke up in Atlanta this supposed summer morning, you might have walked out on the porch, and gone right back in for a sweater.
On Aug. 16, a time of year when average daytime temperatures hover at 88 degrees in the Phoenix City, the mercury had stalled at 64 degrees at 1 p.m., six degrees below the record low for a high temperature, set in 1892, of 70 degrees.
Thursdays 73-degree reading was also the coolest Aug. 15 ever on record in Atlanta, besting a record low high of 77 degrees in 1908.
In fact, according to the Weather Services Mr. Baker, the unusual cold snap is the result of so-called cold air damming in this case, a dome of heavy cold air across New England pushing up, or damming, against the eastern face of the Appalachian Mountains and spilling into the Georgia piedmont along the southern tip of the range.
That blast of chill is then crashing into moist air gliding into the area from the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, resulting in heavy cloud cover and a continuous drizzle, creating a bit of an ice chest effect on the ground.
The weather does, however, fit a short-term trend that has seen daytime temperatures in Atlanta, and many parts of the usually sweltering South, remarkably low.
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Getting chilly here on The Jersey Shore. I think we’re in for a cold and very snowy winter.
We had about 2 weeks of sweltering weather in July, but since Aug started it’s felt like early fall. Not that I’m complaining, but where’s all this global warming?
Oddly cold here too...
Cold enough at night the maple trees are turning color already.
Personally, I attribute much of this to the ongoing axis tilt of the earth.
Jet stream going up and down as it does.
I played gold in Atlanta yesterday. Wore long pants and for the front 9 wore a sweater. Tee time was 0700. Temp was maybe 64.
Supposed to be even cooler today.
Solar activity is in its low cycle so we've got about another 7 - 10 years (depending on when it officially started) of cold ahead of us.......
Not looking forward to it
“I played gold in Atlanta yesterday. Wore long pants and for the front 9 wore a sweater. Tee time was 0700. Temp was maybe 64.”
I played here in Mississippi and I played the Blue tees.
Because of that SUV I don’t have?
You are clearly a tiltist.
Enlightened Occupy types know that weather and climate are caused by running the AC at 70 deg.
Turned the car heater on yesterday mid-morning while traveling not too far from Atlanta.
“Interior Secretary: I don’t want any climate-change deniers in my department”
Including a bit of precession, the earth continues to have about the same tilt it has had for the last several billion years. Please explain how this accounts for a cooler than normal summer?
Even mosquitoes are wearing sweaters at night.
The SUN is our heat source. The impact of Sun spots and magnetic shifts dwarf Algores carbon scams.
Have some fun with this video...