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Event Excessive Heat
State GEORGIA
County/Area MERIWETHER
WFO FFC
Begin Date 08/01/2007 00:00:00 EST-5
End Date 08/27/2007 23:59:00 EST-5
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative August 2007 proved to be one of the hottest months on record for much of north and central Georgia as a large ridge of high pressure combined with abnormally dry conditions from several preceding months of below normal rainfall. Numerous daily record high temperatures were broken, especially during the mid part of the month. Even some record high minimum values were recorded during this period. It proved to be the warmest month ever (since records have been kept back into the 1800s) for Atlanta and tied the record for the most number of days that 100 was reached or exceeded in one summer for Atlanta. While most of the month was above normal, the core of the intense heat was during the period from August 7th to August 22nd. Similar situations were observed at the other reporting stations.

Two heat related deaths were reported, one in Atlanta and the other in Rome. The Atlanta-Journal and Constitution reported that an 87-year old woman was found dead in her home on the morning of August 12th as a result of the heat. She was found in a closed apartment with the air conditioning turned off. Her body temperature was determined to be 102 degrees. This was the first heat-related death in Georgia since July 2006. The Rome News Tribune reported that a 65-year old man was found dead in his camper trailer at Roys Trailer Park near Rome on August 13th. The man was found closed in his hot trailer. The air conditioning was not functioning properly.

The excessive heat combined with continued below normal rainfall to exacerbate the drought conditions across the region.

Details of the excessive heat for Atlanta, Athens, Columbus, and Macon are provided below:

Atlanta:

Average temperature for the month: 85.6F which was 6.7F degrees above normal. This goes down not only as the hottest August ever (83.8 in 1980 was previous record), but it was the warmest month on record for Atlanta (85.3 in July of 1993 was old record).

Number of times temperature reached or exceeded 100: 8

Hottest day: 104 on 8/22

Record high maximum temperatures were set on the following eight days: 8/9 (103), 8/10 (103), 8/11 (100), 8/13 (100), 8/14 (99), 8/17 (101), 8/22 (104), and 8/23 (98).

The reading of 104 on 8/22 was the all-time record high for the month of August.

Record high minimum temperatures were set on these nine days: 8/5 (75), 8/8 (82), 8/9 (79), 8/10 (78), 8/11 (81), 8/14 (78), 8/16 (79), 8/19 (76), and 8/22 (79).

The reading of 82 on 8/8 was the all-time record high minimum temperature for the city of Atlanta.|______________________________________________________________________

Athens:

Average temperature for the month: 85.2 which was 6.8 degrees above the normal. It also ties July of 1993 for the warmest month ever at Athens. The previous record average temperature for the month was 83.4 in 1983.

Number of times temperature reached or exceeded 100: 13

Hottest day: 106 on 8/22

Record high maximum temperatures were set on the following nine days: 8/7 (101), 8/8 (102), 8/9 (105), 8/10 (104), 8/11 (102), 8/15 (103), 8/16 (105), 8/22 (106), and 8/26 (99).

Note: The record high for August is 107, which was reached on 8/20/1925 and 8/21/1983.

Record high minimum temperatures were set on five days: 8/8 (75), 8/9 (78), 8/11 (79), 8/17 (76), and 8/22 (75).

The reading of 79 on 8/11 ties the monthly and all-time record high minimum temperature for Athens.

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Columbus:

Average temperature for the month: 85.2 which was 3.9 degrees above normal. This sets a new record for the warmest August ever (old one was 83.4 in 1983) and falls just short of the warmest month ever, which was 85.3 in July of 1993.

Number of times temperature reached or exceeded 100: 6

Hottest day: 104 on 8/10

Record highs were set on the following four days: 8/9 (100), 8/10 (104)*, 8/11 (103), and 8/22 (102).

The temperature of 104 on 8/10 ties the record for the warmest temperature in August set on 8/18/2000. This also coincides with the warmest temperature of all-time at Columbus.

Record high minimum temperatures were set on the following five days: 8/5 (77), 8/7 (77), 8/11 (81), 8/22 (77), and 8/23 (77).

Note: the record for the warmest low ever in the month is 82 set back on 8/2/1999.|_______________________________________________________________________

Macon:

Average temperature for the month: 84.6 which was 4.6 degrees above normal. This ties the record for the month, which also occurred in 1954 and 1980. The warmest month ever for Macon is 86.6 set in July of 1986.

Number of times temperature reached or exceeded 100: 12

Hottest day: 105 on 8/10

Record high maximum temperatures were set on the following six days: 8/7 (100), 8/8 (100), 8/9 (103), 8/10 (105)*, 8/11 (101), and 8/15 (104).

The reading of 105 on 8/10 ties the record high for August, which has been reached several other times. The all time record high for Macon is 108 set on 7/13/1980.

Record high minimum temperatures were set on four days: 8/8 (77), 8/9 (78), 8/10 (76), and 8/11 (78).

Note: The record high minimum temperature for the month and all-time is 79, which has been reached several times.
Event Narrative


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 2 0 0.00K 0.00K
FORSYTH (ZONE) FORSYTH (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FLOYD (ZONE) FLOYD (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 1 0 0.00K 0.00K
FANNIN (ZONE) FANNIN (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EMANUEL (ZONE) EMANUEL (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DOUGLAS (ZONE) DOUGLAS (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DOOLY (ZONE) DOOLY (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DODGE (ZONE) DODGE (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FAYETTE (ZONE) FAYETTE (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DE KALB (ZONE) DE KALB (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DAWSON (ZONE) DAWSON (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ROCKDALE (ZONE) ROCKDALE (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PULASKI (ZONE) PULASKI (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
POLK (ZONE) POLK (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MONROE (ZONE) MONROE (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PUTNAM (ZONE) PUTNAM (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MERIWETHER (ZONE) MERIWETHER (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MARION (ZONE) MARION (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MADISON (ZONE) MADISON (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MACON (ZONE) MACON (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LUMPKIN (ZONE) LUMPKIN (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CATOOSA (ZONE) CATOOSA (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CARROLL (ZONE) CARROLL (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BUTTS (ZONE) BUTTS (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHATTAHOOCHEE (ZONE) CHATTAHOOCHEE (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NEWTON (ZONE) NEWTON (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MUSCOGEE (ZONE) MUSCOGEE (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MURRAY (ZONE) MURRAY (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MORGAN (ZONE) MORGAN (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SPALDING (ZONE) SPALDING (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SOUTH FULTON (ZONE) SOUTH FULTON (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SCHLEY (ZONE) SCHLEY (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MONTGOMERY (ZONE) MONTGOMERY (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HEARD (ZONE) HEARD (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HARALSON (ZONE) HARALSON (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HANCOCK (ZONE) HANCOCK (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALL (ZONE) HALL (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HARRIS (ZONE) HARRIS (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CLAYTON (ZONE) CLAYTON (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHEROKEE (ZONE) CHEROKEE (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHATTOOGA (ZONE) CHATTOOGA (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PIKE (ZONE) PIKE (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OCONEE (ZONE) OCONEE (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NORTH FULTON (ZONE) NORTH FULTON (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 1 0 0.00K 0.00K
TWIGGS (ZONE) TWIGGS (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TROUP (ZONE) TROUP (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CLARKE (ZONE) CLARKE (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GREENE (ZONE) GREENE (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GORDON (ZONE) GORDON (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GLASCOCK (ZONE) GLASCOCK (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GILMER (ZONE) GILMER (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HENRY (ZONE) HENRY (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GWINNETT (ZONE) GWINNETT (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PEACH (ZONE) PEACH (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PAULDING (ZONE) PAULDING (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OGLETHORPE (ZONE) OGLETHORPE (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PICKENS (ZONE) PICKENS (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TREUTLEN (ZONE) TREUTLEN (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TOWNS (ZONE) TOWNS (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TOOMBS (ZONE) TOOMBS (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TELFAIR (ZONE) TELFAIR (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TALIAFERRO (ZONE) TALIAFERRO (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TALBOT (ZONE) TALBOT (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SUMTER (ZONE) SUMTER (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STEWART (ZONE) STEWART (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JEFFERSON (ZONE) JEFFERSON (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TAYLOR (ZONE) TAYLOR (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WHEELER (ZONE) WHEELER (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WEBSTER (ZONE) WEBSTER (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WASHINGTON (ZONE) WASHINGTON (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WARREN (ZONE) WARREN (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WALKER (ZONE) WALKER (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
UPSON (ZONE) UPSON (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JASPER (ZONE) JASPER (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JACKSON (ZONE) JACKSON (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOUSTON (ZONE) HOUSTON (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WALTON (ZONE) WALTON (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WILKINSON (ZONE) WILKINSON (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WILKES (ZONE) WILKES (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WHITFIELD (ZONE) WHITFIELD (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WHITE (ZONE) WHITE (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
UNION (ZONE) UNION (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WILCOX (ZONE) WILCOX (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LAMAR (ZONE) LAMAR (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JONES (ZONE) JONES (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JOHNSON (ZONE) JOHNSON (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LAURENS (ZONE) LAURENS (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CRAWFORD (ZONE) CRAWFORD (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COWETA (ZONE) COWETA (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COBB (ZONE) COBB (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BANKS (ZONE) BANKS (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BLECKLEY (ZONE) BLECKLEY (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BIBB (ZONE) BIBB (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BARTOW (ZONE) BARTOW (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BARROW (ZONE) BARROW (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BALDWIN (ZONE) BALDWIN (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DADE (ZONE) DADE (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CRISP (ZONE) CRISP (ZONE) GA 08/01/2007 00:00 EST-5 Excessive Heat 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 2 0 0.00K 0.00K