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Unread 08-10-2009, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Actually fall here is very nice, with all the leaves changing colors, just go to the October fest and enjoy the scenery. Atlanta does have a pretty mild climate though compared to most of the north. Especially when its late March/April and its upper 70s and you look at the weather online and its still snowing up north and we are all laying out at the pool. So yeah, Atlanta has pleasant weather for sure.
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Unread 08-10-2009, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Billerica, MA
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Actually fall here is very nice, with all the leaves changing colors, just go to the October fest and enjoy the scenery. Atlanta does have a pretty mild climate though compared to most of the north. Especially when its late March/April and its upper 70s and you look at the weather online and its still snowing up north and we are all laying out at the pool. So yeah, Atlanta has pleasant weather for sure.
Unless the pool is heated or indoors, I would never go in or near a pool in late April in Atlanta.
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Unread 08-10-2009, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Sandy Springs, Georgia
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And where did I say that it was anything other than anecdotal?
You did not.
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Unread 08-10-2009, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Acworth
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summer is anything but mild. winter is warm by north standards but it is often a windy and dry and it simply sucks. it feels much colder than it really is. then you will have days when it looks like july but is 35 with 20mph wind.

it wreacks havok on your body
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Unread 08-11-2009, 06:25 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island and Atlanta, GA
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Unless the pool is heated or indoors, I would never go in or near a pool in late April in Atlanta.
Yeah, I don't really enjoy the pool in Atlanta until May comes around. However, south GA is pool-friendly in April, especially the coast.
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Unread 08-11-2009, 07:02 AM
 
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Sure, Summer is generally hot but we had days this July that were in the low to mid 80's also, I couldn't believe it in the hottest month of the year.

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summer is anything but mild. winter is warm by north standards but it is often a windy and dry and it simply sucks. it feels much colder than it really is. then you will have days when it looks like july but is 35 with 20mph wind.

it wreacks havok on your body
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Unread 08-12-2009, 01:40 PM
 
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People always confuse Atlanta summers for Houston or Dallas and like wise confuse our winters for Tampa. Our summers are very mild by southern standards, due to the elevation. The northern suburbs average only around 25 days a year over 90 degrees...about the same as Philadelphia does. For comparison, Evansville, Indiana averages close to 50 days over 90 degrees, and Houston and Dallas about 100 days a year over 90 degrees. Also, our first freeze occurs around the same time as NYC and many times sooner. The suburbs can have nights drop below freezing over 75 times per year, about the same as Central Park in NYC does. Houston many times doesn't even have10 nights under freezing. As for humidity, keep in mind it's called realtive humidity. Atlanta has low temps, so the relative humidity seems higher. A previous post indicated you hardly see dewpoints over 75 and that is correct. You will never see 80 degree dewpoints in Atlanta. You can find those oppressive conditions in New Orleans, Houston or even in Minneapolis on occassion, but Atlanta does not see that. The heat index is never more than five degrees higher than the actual temp in Atlanta. Also, on the flip side, our average low is 32 in January, compared to 23 in Boston and 60 in Miami. Freezing temps last until early April...again, same as Boston and NYC. We do have more sun, no snow and higher daytime temps, but nights are colder than many realize in the winter.
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Unread 08-12-2009, 04:32 PM
 
Location: ITP
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We do get our last freeze in April, but that doesn't mean that it's necessarily cold until April. Rather, we usually have one cold blast that hits in April--traditionally known as Blackberry Winter when we get a week of weather with daytime highs barely reaching 50 and nighttime lows that hit freezing. Before Blackberry Winter hits, it has usually been consitently warm for four or more weeks.

Overall our winters are very mild compared to places north of us--sort of like an extended Autumn by Northern standards. Daytime highs average in the 50s while nighttime lows average around freezing between December and February. Often during winter we get warm spells that will push the daytime highs into the 60s and even the 70s on a few occasions. On the flipside, we get about 3 to 5 weeks of winter weather when the highs are below 45 and the nighttime lows are well below freezing--sometimes into the teens. This period lasts from mid-January to mid-February and is usually the time that we experience any snow or ice. Spring comes early, with the first hints of it in late February as the daytime highs hit in the 60s more and more frequently. The beginning of March usually ushers in Spring weather that will more or less last until mid-May. It's worth noting that during this time (mainly March) we get several cold fronts with rather brisk daytime highs that are only in the 50s.

Summer weather lasts from the end of May until the first half of September. During this period, we experience the higher humidity levels and the 90+ degree days. However it isn't consistently hot as it is in other places in the South at lower elevations, as some daytime highs are only in the mid-80's. But we still get a few heatwaves that can be rather stifling, and some summers can be rather hot for a very extended period of time.

Autumn usually arrives towards the end of September and it's very different from Northern Autumns in that the temps are consistently in the mid-70's/low-80's. The nighttime lows are in the low-60's--eventually dropping into the 50's. Simply put--the Autumn weather down here is glorious! It's consistently sunny, dry and there's always a gentle breeze. We even get a fair amount of fall color for being in the South. This weather pattern usually ends in mid-November when the daytime highs drop into the 50's and 60's and the nighttime lows drop into the 40's. Often times we receive our first freeze in November.

After Thanksgiving, the weather gets considerably cooler, but not necessarily cold. In the first half of December, the daytime highs are consistently in the 50s and the lows in the 30's and 40's--thus ushering in winter. However, we do get a couple of warm spells in December when the temps can reach into the upper 60's. In fact a couple of years ago, we had a week of weather in the mid-70's during the beginning of December.

The weather here is very mild and I strongly believe that Atlanta may have one of the best climates in the US east of the Rockies. We get all four seasons, but you never have to suffer extremes for a very long time.

And on a final note, you can bet your arse that you can sit by the pool in April . The water may be a little cold, but often times we 80 degrees in April--thus allowing for poolside activities.
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Unread 08-12-2009, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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We do get our last freeze in April, but that doesn't mean that it's necessarily cold until April. Rather, we usually have one cold blast that hits in April--traditionally known as Blackberry Winter when we get a week of weather with daytime highs barely reaching 50 and nighttime lows that hit freezing. Before Blackberry Winter hits, it has usually been consitently warm for four or more weeks.

Overall our winters are very mild compared to places north of us--sort of like an extended Autumn by Northern standards. Daytime highs average in the 50s while nighttime lows average around freezing between December and February. Often during winter we get warm spells that will push the daytime highs into the 60s and even the 70s on a few occasions. On the flipside, we get about 3 to 5 weeks of winter weather when the highs are below 45 and the nighttime lows are well below freezing--sometimes into the teens. This period lasts from mid-January to mid-February and is usually the time that we experience any snow or ice. Spring comes early, with the first hints of it in late February as the daytime highs hit in the 60s more and more frequently. The beginning of March usually ushers in Spring weather that will more or less last until mid-May. It's worth noting that during this time (mainly March) we get several cold fronts with rather brisk daytime highs that are only in the 50s.

Summer weather lasts from the end of May until the first half of September. During this period, we experience the higher humidity levels and the 90+ degree days. However it isn't consistently hot as it is in other places in the South at lower elevations, as some daytime highs are only in the mid-80's. But we still get a few heatwaves that can be rather stifling, and some summers can be rather hot for a very extended period of time.

Autumn usually arrives towards the end of September and it's very different from Northern Autumns in that the temps are consistently in the mid-70's/low-80's. The nighttime lows are in the low-60's--eventually dropping into the 50's. Simply put--the Autumn weather down here is glorious! It's consistently sunny, dry and there's always a gentle breeze. We even get a fair amount of fall color for being in the South. This weather pattern usually ends in mid-November when the daytime highs drop into the 50's and 60's and the nighttime lows drop into the 40's. Often times we receive our first freeze in November.

After Thanksgiving, the weather gets considerably cooler, but not necessarily cold. In the first half of December, the daytime highs are consistently in the 50s and the lows in the 30's and 40's--thus ushering in winter. However, we do get a couple of warm spells in December when the temps can reach into the upper 60's. In fact a couple of years ago, we had a week of weather in the mid-70's during the beginning of December.

The weather here is very mild and I strongly believe that Atlanta may have one of the best climates in the US east of the Rockies. We get all four seasons, but you never have to suffer extremes for a very long time.

And on a final note, you can bet your arse that you can sit by the pool in April . The water may be a little cold, but often times we 80 degrees in April--thus allowing for poolside activities.
Very accurate and well written. We had a pool in Massachusetts, so in July it was probably cooler there than April here. If it's warm enough outside, I would do the pool in April.
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Unread 08-14-2009, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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Does GA have a good climate? From what I have been reading it looks like the weather there is very nice. Much milder than PA, NY or DC in the winter but only a few degrees hotter in the summer. The difference between Philly and Atlanta avg temp is about 10 degrees in winter but only 2 or 3 degrees in summer.
It depends on where you are in Georgia. In Atlanta which has an elevation of 2000 feet and has the Piedmont Mountains to the north the climate is "moderate" but not really "mild" as in San Fransisco or L.A. In the summer the temperature hangs mostly in the low 90s which is plenty hot but not unbearable like Dallas is. In the winter the nights get cold- into the low 30s usually but the days usually warm up into the 50s. We had a few really cold days the past winter when it got down to 16 degrees but those are rare as are days over 100. And it almost never snows- maybe once in 10 years.
North of Atlanta, the climate is colder and it snows in the higher elevations over 3000 feet usually.
South of Atlanta the elevation drops to sea level on the coastal plains with Savannah at sea level and the weather there is quite hot and humid in the summer time and mild to cool and cloudy mostly in the winter.
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