Lake Lanier is back up to its full water level for the first time in two years. That’s good news for homeowners, boaters and others using the lake. But some worry Georgians will give up the few water restrictions they may be following now.
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
Georgia's state climatologist says extreme drought conditions have now spread into north Georgia and cover most of the state south of the mountains. Climatologist David Stooksbury says all of Georgia's counties are now classified as being in moderate, severe or extreme drought.
The first widespread frost of the season could set in Friday night and Saturday morning. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the upper 20’s and lower 30’s for the northern half of the state. Assistant State Climatologist Pam Knox says while it may seem sudden, this first frost is right on time.
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.