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Old 08-15-2011, 08:50 AM
 
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What about the weather closer into Atlanta??
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:52 AM
 
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We live in MN right now and want to move to ATL. I was looking at some weather stuff but would really like to know how all the seasons are.
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Old 08-15-2011, 08:53 AM
 
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We live in MN right now and want to move to Atlanta. Would be nice to know what all the seasons are like there.
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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We live in MN right now and want to move to Atlanta. Would be nice to know what all the seasons are like there.
Minnetonka native here who has been in Atlanta now for almost 7 years.

Summers are warmer on average ... highs in the mid 90's, lows in the mid 70's, but often with some humidity. Not as bad as Florida by any means, tho, as the Atlanta metro is at 1000 feet above sea level. That does moderate things. The hot part isn't just July and August, tho. It goes and goes and goes...

Fall is nice here. The leaves turn, they fall off, and they have to be raked up just like you're used to.

Winter is really more like fall in MN, but it does get snappy at times. We've recorded 11 degrees F two years down here, and it will almost always get into the teens for at least a few days in the winter. Most of the time it's like October in the Twin Cities. You'll see snow maybe once or twice a year, often just flakes that melt when they hit pavement, but we had 4-8 inches this past January. That's real snow in my book.

Spring is nice again, but it transitions too quickly into summer heat, I think.

It rains twice as much down here as it does up there (50 inches/year in Atlanta, roughly, compared to 25 inches/year in the Twin Cities), but there really isn't a dry season. It can rain a lot all the time, and in the summer we have pop-up thunderstorms that come out of the hot humid air in the evening. I still think they're weird.

Also, you'll see a lot more drainage structures down here (road drains, holding ponds by businesses, etc.) because (1) the wintertime won't destroy them and (2) the hard clay soil doesn't absorb the water, so that 50 inches a year runs all over the place.

Don't underestimate ice storms down here. They aren't common, but when one hits, it's an issue, and the lack of melting agent and hillier terrain here means you'd better respect it. Minnesota driving experience or not, ice is unforgiving.
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