Gov. Nathan Deal has dismissed Georgia's longtime state climatologist, but there was confusion about what transpired and the climatologist says he was never told of the development. Deal appointed a state employee to take over the state climatologist's job. Bill Murphey replaces David Stooksbury
Mild and moderate drought conditions have expanded over the past month to cover western and southern parts of Georgia. State climatologist David Stooksbury says above-normal temperatures and below-normal rainfall has caused soils to dry across the state.
Daytime summer temperatures were warm, but not abnormally so for most of the state from June through August. An exception was in west Georgia, where Columbus had its warmest-ever daytime summer readings. But in reviewing average nighttime temperatures, state climatologist David Stooksbury found records or near-records were set most everywhere.