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Old 05-17-2012, 08:14 AM
 
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Would you say the temperature in Atlanta is similar to Orlando? How would you compare the 2?
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:34 AM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Absolutely not.

They are not similar at all.
The high temperatures may be similar on some days during summer but the difference being Orlando may cool down to upper 70's or low 80's at night where Atlanta would cool down to upper 50's or low 60's.
Orlando is much more humid year round and doesn't get much change of seasons. I like to say we have 3.5 seasons here in GA.
Atlanta winters can get down to single digits on rare occasions and gets an average of a couple of inches of snow per year with heavy jacket weather for weeks on end. Orlando is t-shirts and shorts year round with the exception of a few rare days where it may be stuck in the lower 50's. Technically some would call that t-shirt weather too but in Florida the humidity and wind makes temperatures feel colder.
Orlando gets a lot more rain too. During the summer months, it gets an afternoon t-storm just about every day. You can usually set your clock by it.
Atlanta has been in a drought pattern for quite some time. In my area, we get rain about once every 3-4 weeks. During spring we often get severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornados that roll through in the middle of the night ( ). We are also vulnerable to ice storms. Orlando on the other hand is prone to getting hurricanes and tropical disturbances. Having gone through plenty of both, I'd say ice storms can be just as disruptive as a hurricane.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:33 AM
 
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Have you experienced a tornado close to home that you heard or seen?
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:53 AM
 
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Have you experienced a tornado close to home that you heard or seen?
We've had several that have gotten close to us up in Cherokee County- the closest two have tracked by about 1-2 miles away. They're not the big Auntie Em type of twisters- they typically just topple trees that have weak roots, and lay them down on people's roofs. The last one blew the side off a metal building, but I've yet to have one up here to did major damage to homes, cars, etc.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:10 AM
 
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Well that's good to hear.
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:54 AM
 
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Pretty different ball game. A few things I have noticed are:

- Orlando really doesn't have to worry about deep freezes. During cold winters, it may get chilly, and during mild years it may stay in the 60s most days.

- It's about as hot and humid as Atlanta. People think it's worse, but I personally don't. I actually think it can be a little better because you typically get a breeze in Orlando, you don't get that stagnant must as often.

- I don't know if it's actually considered a sub-tropical climate, but you can expect rain every day in the summer. Very heavy rain for about 15-20 minutes, then the sun comes back out and in 30 minutes everything is dry like it never happened.

- They don't seem to get nearly as many tornados, but you do have to watch out for the kind that are spawned by hurricanes if one is nearby.

- When it rains, it rains hard. Like you better pull over your car because you can't even see. It doesn't generally last as long, you don't often see 3 full days of rainy weather.

- The sun beats down much harder and brighter. The Florida sun is much more intense than the Georgia sun.
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:16 PM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Have you experienced a tornado close to home that you heard or seen?
I have lived in both places and while I've seen small tornados in florida (I never saw any when I lived in Orangelando), although they weren't very severe and they are rather uncommon.

Unfortunately, GA is a much different story. The risk of deadly tornados is high here. Had a smaller one strike a few miles away and a very destructive one strike up in the mountains where I like to recreate. A family friend had their house damaged in a tornado about 12 years ago. Florida just doesn't see the kind of long track tornados that we occasionally have here. They don't really have the dry air and unstable air masses colliding which is often cited as the reason for supercell thunderstorm breakouts.

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- It's about as hot and humid as Atlanta. People think it's worse, but I personally don't.
Definitely not. The humidity and heat there is downright oppressive. It never cools down is the problem and they don't ever get crisp cool seasons. It's a swamp. I tried camping there once in the winter and I couldn't breathe it was so muggy.

Also atlanta gets 61-90 days a year of 86+ degrees weather.
Orlando gets 151 - 180 days a year of 86+ degrees weather.
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:41 PM
 
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I agree that Orlando stays hot and humid longer.

I don't think their hottest/muggiest day is much, if any, hotter/muggier than Atlanta's hottest/muggiest day, though.

If it is, it doesn't feel any worse because of the breeze. Or maybe because of the psychology of being near so many lakes and knowing the beach is only 45 minutes away. Orlando has water, water, everywhere you look....maybe that makes it seem cooler than it actually is.
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Old 05-17-2012, 06:41 PM
 
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More humid and hotter in that part of Florida and in middle GA below Macon. Atlanta is moderately humid compared to those areas. If you like all that, Orlando is the place for you.
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:11 PM
 
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I've lived many years in both places so I can say with confidence that anyone who tells you they're similar has no idea what they're talking about. Orlando is significantly hotter and more humid than Atlanta. It's in the 80's or 90's for most of the year, even in the winter. There aren't any seasons to speak of, it's just really hot and then warm for a few months. Occasionally it gets cold for a few days (I even saw snow a couple times) but I remember one year when it was in the upper 80's on Christmas. They used to do rolling blackouts during the summer because of too much power demand, not sure if that's still going on or not.

Atlanta does have hot summers, but they're just that: one season, maybe three months long or four on a particularly hot year. Atlanta's winters are unlike anything you would ever see in Central Florida, and for at least half of the year it's practically room temperature outside. It's a completely different world, trust me on that.

Of course all of this is because Atlanta is hundreds of miles farther north, 1000' feet higher in elevation, and not surrounded by warm ocean water.
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