For Macon, with 81 years of data, 2011 was the second-warmest summer on record, with an average mean temperature of 83.4 F (3.8 F above average). Only the summer of 1954 was warmer with an average mean temperature of 83.5 F. Based on the average high temperature, 2011 was also the second-warmest summer with an average high temperature of 95.8 F (5.2 F above average) with 1954 being the record with an average high temperature of 96.3 F.

The summer rainfall for Macon was 8.33 inches (3.32 inches below average), making it the 11th driest summer on record.

For Savannah, with 138 years of data, 2011 was the warmest summer on record, with an average mean temperature of 84.0 F (3.4 F above average). The previous record summer was 2010 with an average mean temperature of 83.9 F. Based on the average high temperature, 2011 was also the warmest summer on record with an average high temperature of 94.6 F (3.8 F above average). The previous record was 1993 with an average high temperature of 94 F.

The summer rainfall for Savannah was 13.77 inches (4.77 inches below average,) making it the 22nd driest summer on record.

For Chattanooga, with 84 years of data, 2011 was the second-warmest summer on record, with an average mean temperature of 82.1 F (4.1 F above average). Only the summer of 2010 was warmer with an average mean temperature of 83 F. Based on the average high temperature, it was also the third-warmest summer with an average high temperature of 93.2 F (5 F above average). The summers of 1993 and 1952 were warmer with average high temperatures of 93.9 F and 93.3 F, respectively.

The summer rainfall for Chattanooga was 7.83 inches (4.48 inches below average), which is a tie for the 12th driest summer on record.

For Tallahassee, with 115 years of data, 2011 was the warmest summer on record, with an average mean temperature of 84.3 F (2.7 F above average). The previous record was set in 1998 at 84.3 F. The summer of 2011 was 0.09 F warmer than 1998. Based on the average high temperature, it was also the warmest summer on record with an average high temperature of 95.8 F (4.3 F above average), eclipsing the previous record of 95.1 F set in 1998.

The summer rainfall for Tallahassee was 10.90 inches (11.09 inches below average), making it the driest summer on record. The previous record-dry summer in Tallahassee was 1918, which had only 11.44 inches of rain.

Up-to-date information on dry conditions across Georgia can be found at http://www.georgiadrought.org. Updated weather conditions can be found at http://www.georgiaweather.net.

 (David Stooksbury is the state climatologist, a professor of engineering and graduate coordinator for atmospheric sciences in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)