Weather in the South

Folks, it gets hot down here.

I’m a southern boy, born and raised, but it often gets too hot here even for me. One benefit of moving from south Georgia up to the Atlanta area was that it didn’t stay as hot up here for as long.

We were still in Georgia, but moving even 250 miles further north made a difference in climate. After we moved up here, I noticed that around the first week in September the long string of very hot days broke, the humidity abated, and the weather got milder; still pretty warm, but now tolerable.

When I was in elementary school, every September the teacher would put up a bulletin board  that showed falling leaves. We kids always found this a little strange since the leaves didn’t start changing color in our little town until November. Now I began to understand. Even so, it’s not unusual to be wearing short sleeves into December.

With the move north, I found that the average dates for first and last frost had also shifted. In south Georgia, I would start putting out spring bedding plants in early to mid-March. Around Atlanta, you must wait until late March/early April to plant. Of course, the reverse is true for the fall, frost comes a couple of weeks earlier. Fortunately, there are lots of websites that will tell you the average first and last dates of frost for your area. However, don’t take those dates as written in stone. (This is the weather we’re talking about – hard to predict.) Give yourself some leeway and be prepared to cover tender plants if the overnight temperature drops too low.


One response to this post.

  1. I do understand your temperature zone change with a 250 mile move north.
    In southwest Oklahoma a move of only 45 miles north can result in a first / last frost date change of as much as 2 weeks.


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