Chief Meteorologist Jeff Cox takes an in-depth look at 2010 and examines the year month-by-month.
With 2011 getting off to a cold start and even providing a taste of winter weather for the Peach State, I thought it would be interesting to look back at 2010, especially remembering the blazing hot summer that we were forced to endure. It turns out, 2010 reminded me a lot of what's happening now! Here's an interesting and in depth look at 2010:
2010 as a whole was actually below average, recording an average temperature of 63.8° which is 1° below the long term average of 64.8°. While one degree may not seem like much, it's actually a great deal over a period of time as long as a year. 2010's average of 63.8° puts last year in a tie for the 10th coldest year in Macon history (tied with 1965).
Here's a breakdown of 2010 month-by-month:
January 2010 will go down in the record books tied for the 8th coldest January in Macon history. The average temperature was 42.4°. It was the coldest January since 1988.
February 2010 was the coldest February since 1968 and the second coldest February in Macon history with an average temperature of 42.5°.
We continued the below average trend in March, making the third month of the year the 9th coldest March in Macon history. With an average temperature of 52.6°, it was the coldest March since 1996.
Warmer weather arrived for April, putting us closer to average. Tied for the 20th warmest April in Macon history, the average temperature was 65°, putting it on par with 1942, 1976 and 1985. It was the warmest April since 2006.
May 2010 was the warmest May since 2000 with an average temperature of 74.4°. May 2010 is now tied with 1995 for the 15th warmest May in Macon history.
June saw our average temperature reach the 80s for the first time in 2010. With an average temperature of 82°, June 2010 is tied with 1998 for the 4th warmest June in Macon history. It was also the warmest June since 1998.
July 2010 was the warmest July since 2005 with an average temperature of 83.4°. It will go down tied with 1932 for the 8th warmest July in Macon history.
August 2010 was the hottest month of 2010 with an average temperature of 83.8°. It was the warmest August since 2007 and tied with 1983 for the 3rd hottest August in Macon history.
The mercury started to fall in September but was still above average. September 2010's average temperature was 77.5° and was the warmest September since 2005. September 2010 is tied with September 1939 for the 14th warmest September in Macon history.
October and November were very close to average with both months recording average temperatures less than a degree away from the long term average.
December 2010 rounded out the year just as we started it - below average! The twelfth month of the year was the coldest December since 2000, which just happens to be the coldest December ever in Macon. December 2010's average temperature was 40.9°. It's very interesting to note that two of the three coldest December's in Macon history occurred in the 2000-2010 time period.
Breaking 2010 down by season, Spring's average temperature was 64°, just one half degree below average. A cold March was offset by a warmer April and May to send Spring 2010 to values right around average.
We all remember baking during the summer of 2010. With an average temperature of 83.1°, Summer 2010 will go down in the record books as the third hottest summer in Macon history and the hottest summer since 1980. It was 2.6° above the long term average of 80.5°.
An above average September offset by an 'average' October and November resulted in a just above average fall season. Fall 2010's average temperature was 65.7° which is just two-tenths of a degree above average.