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...
If you don't like cold, wait a week and you'll have your 90's again.
The Sun has a cold, and the only prescription is...
I live in Maryland , and this is the coolest and wettest summer in my memory.
We had 4 days of weather in the 95 to 100 range and that was it.
I am looking to buying a snow blade for my tractor this year if it continues. Looking for an early frost.
You should be sorry.
Anyway, all this cool weather HAS to be due to manmade global warming./s
Here in central Florida it was so hot one day that wen I wuz in my cornfield, all the kernels started popping popcorn! An my mule thought it was snow flying thru the air and he froze to death before I could get him back to the barn!
Then the next day wen this cold front came through the mercury dropped so hard and fast that when it hit the bottom of the glass in the thermometer it jerked the thermometer off the nail!
Lordy! The weather is gettin mighty strange.
I also live in central Florida and for TWO summers now have turned OFF the ac at night and slept very comfortably with windows open. I don’t turn back on by noon. Global warming my butt.
I’m blaming all the wind turbines.
64 degrees at 9AM at my house in the NW Atlanta suburbs today. This is in mid-August, it’s supposed to be suffocating hot. High temp yesterday was 67 degrees, in Georgia, in August???
Where I come from, 64 degrees at tee time is short-sleeve-shirt and shorts weather.
I knew a girl like that, only she was Japanese.
Her name was Irene.
That's considered a beach day up here in New England. Come October, we probably won't see 67 degrees again until end of April.
Global warming. And it’s going to get colder over the next several years.
Lordy, this is poorly written! Is Phoenix City in Atlanta? That’s what this would have one think.
I’ve lived in places like that. I’d rather be wearing a sweater in August than a parka 9 months out of the year.
I’m in Alabama about 125 miles Southwest of Atlanta. Yesterday’s high was 72 degrees. I have never seen a high so low in Alabama in August as that.
Right now it’s 70 degrees. We haven’t seen the Sun all week.
Now, right off, I don’t mind. I hate the 99+ degree with 99% humidity days we normally have.
But of course no stories will be written about this being proof that the climate is cooling. It’s just weather.
No, Phenix City is in Alabama, across the Chattahoochee river from Columbus, Georgia.
Note the spelling.
Some call Atlanta the Phoenix City because after Sherman’s Yankees burned it to the ground it rose up out of the ashes to be the biggest city in the South.
“I knew a girl once who had a tilt. She had one leg. Her name was Eileen.”
That’s interesting. I knew a one-legged girl from Japan and her name was Irene.
I think the inverse of the "feed a cold, starve a fever" applies here. So the answer is "Less Cowbell".
To what do you attribute this run (sic) of one-legged girls?
Is it a trend or something? Does computer simulation give us any clues as to what happened to the missing legs? :-)
Al Gore must be in town.
It was 60 this morning at 6:00 a.m. here in Northeast Texas! Yesterday’s high was about 83. That’s close to 20 degrees below normal for mid-August. We hit 100 degree weather for the first time the first week and a half of August, it’s been in the 80s this week, and is forecast to be no higher than 95 for 2 days next week, then back down to the low 90s. It is truly unheard of for August in Texas!
The article says that the cold air is being dammed by the Appalachian Mountains. Since most environmentalists are against the building and keeping of dams, then we need to get them to start a campaign to level the Appalachian Mountain Dam, thus keeping the cold air from going south.
(this is sarcasm, for those who don’t know how to recognize it)
I also think so. We are entering the peak hurricane season (mid-August thru late September) and not that much has been happening, which may indicate something about ocean temperatures.
I plan on laying in a supply of IceMelt as soon as it comes on sale this fall.
So we peeked 8000 years ago???
No, actually the axial tilt oscillates between about 22 degrees and 24.5 degrees over a period of about 41,000 years. Right now we are close to the middle. That chart depicts about 20,000 years, or half a cycle. Once it reaches 22 degrees, it will swing back up to 24.5.
It is not actually the tilt of the earth in space (as measured by distant stars) that is changing, but plane of the earth’s orbit. We measure axial tilt, “the obliquity of the ecliptic” with respect to the plane of the earth’s orbit.
Oh, well, that’s alright then. You had me worried, for a moment there.
Thanks! Jut sent this to my Yankee daughter who lives in Atlanta.
We are here and loving it. The AC has not kicked on in 2 days.
For two straight years I haven’t had to use the brand new Toro Snoblower my wife got me. The thing is still in the box. Was working like a charm it was. Now it looks like it’s going to have to earn it’s keep.