Atlanta Outdoors

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Contacts

Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
235 International Boulevard, NW
Atlanta Georgia 30303
(404) 880-9000

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
233 Peachtree St. NE Ste. 100
Atlanta, GA 30303
PH: (404) 521-6600
(800) ATLANTA
Fax:(404) 577-3293

Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests
1755 Cleveland Hwy.
Gainesville, GA 30501-3571
(770) 536-0541

Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge
Refuge Manager
Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge
Route 1, Box 670
Round Oak, Georgia 31038
(912) 986-5441

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
P.O. Box 1167
Marietta, GA 30061

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
P.O. Box 2128
3370 LaFayette Road
Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742
(706) 866-9241

Climate

Visitors to the Atlanta area can count on needing their rain gear if they stay for any length of time. Atlanta and environs get an average of 50 to 55 inches of rain per year, and extreme northeast Georgia gets even more. In the summertime, adventurers must cope with hot, humid weather, but in the winter, most days are entirely snow-free, making many outdoor activities possible year-round.

Elevations range from about 400 feet to 1,100 feet in Middle Georgia and parts of North Georgia, but the mountain peaks in northeastern Georgia reach 4000 and 5000 feet. Summers in extreme northeast Georgia typically consist of lengthy spells of warm and humid weather. Average afternoon high temperatures are in the lower 80s, with quite a few days getting readings in the 90s. Overnight lows are usually in the 60s. As for the rest of the northern half of the state, temperatures are a little warmer, reaching afternoon highs in the upper 80s to around 90. Readings of 90 or higher can be expected on 30 to 60 days. Overnight lows usually range from the middle 60s to lower 70s

Temperatures during winter months in extreme northeastern Georgia are more variable. Frequently, stretches of relatively mild weather will alternate with cold snaps. Winter highs average in the 40s, with lows averaging in the 20s. To the west and south, average high temperatures in the winter are in the 50s, with lows in the 30s. Georgia gets lots of rain: northeastern Georgia gets a little more than 60 inches, with measurable amounts of rain typically recorded on around 140 days each year. Snow falls an average of five days each year, producing average seasonal total snowfall of about four to six inches. The rest of the northern half of Georgia receives marginally less rain, and less snow, which usually falls only one or two days per year. In both the northeastern corner and the rest of the region, September and October are the driest months, and March is the wettest.


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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