Friday, Sept. 2, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's state climatologist says the summer of 2011 is the state's hottest on record.
Climatologist David Stooksbury says that based on average mean temperature, the three-month period of June, July and August was the hottest ever recorded in the cities of Alma, Athens, Augusta, Columbus and Savannah. Atmospheric scientists, climatologists and meteorologists define summer as that three-month period.
Stooksbury says Macon experienced its second hottest summer, while Atlanta had its third-warmest summer.
Stooksbury says only the summers of 1980 and 1993 were warmer in Atlanta, with 1993 averaging one-hundredth of a degree warmer than this year. Both years show a mean temperature of 82.3 degrees.
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