The holiday weekend featured some of the coldest April temperatures we have experienced in quite some time!
Saturday’s actual daytime high of 52 degrees occurred just after midnight, and the temperatures continued to drop through the day into the low 40s. The record coldest “high” for Saturday, April 8 was 47 degrees, set on that day in 1902.
However, we were experiencing temperatures in the 40-46 degree range that afternoon! That would have set the new record if it weren’t for the “Midnight High”.
Still, it was cold enough at midnight for Atlanta to experience the 6th Coldest April 8 on record.
To put it into perspective:
The Easter 2007 weekend featured a hard freeze that caused billions of dollars in damage across the Southeast, and the daytime high on April 8, 2007 was actually warmer than April 8, 2023!
With dogwoods in bloom as the temperatures dropped in the low 40s, I would categorize this as a “Dogwood Winter”. Dogwood Winter usually occurs in April through early May. A cold snap in mid-May is known as a “Blackberry Winter”.
A good “rule of thumb” for planting cold-sensitive veggies and herbs is to wait until after April 15, or “Tax Day”. The majority of the “latest spring freezes” would take place by this time.
Fun Fact: The record latest Spring Freeze for Atlanta is April 25, 1910. In the Athens area, the record latest Spring Freeze is April 21, 1953.
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