State climatologist: 2017 was warmest year ever for Georgia

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A new report shows that 2017 was the warmest year on record for Georgia.

Georgia state climatologist Bill Murphey says the annual average statewide temperature for 2017 was tied with 2016 for the warmest on record with 65.8 degrees (18.8 Celsius) as the average mean temperature.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Atlanta broke records throughout the entire year, as it had the third-warmest winter and spring on record. For the city, 2016 and 2012 were the No.1 and No. 2 warmest years, respectively.

Murphey said there were many factors that could have contributed to Georgia’s warm year, including very warm overnight low temperatures, the clouds which affect infrared radiation cooling, and evaporation.
 

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