About the Georgia Weather History blogger: Steve Engerrand
I come from an academic and weatherwise family and grew up in a great place to watch the changing conditions, Dahlonega in Georgia’s Blue Ridge mountains. I have been recording my weather observations since I was ten years old. When I was 11, my sixth grade teacher let me have 20% of the chalkboard for a weather map and current observations. In ninth grade, I received the second-place ribbon in Georgia’s ninth district science fair for a project entitled, “Can an amateur with inexpensive instruments accurately forecast the weather?” I did, and had 97.5% accuracy for my 24-hour forecasts for a three-month period. As a victim of the transition to the “New Math” in 1963, I gravitated to history and geography. My degrees are mostly in history: BA, University of Wisconsin, 1970; MA, University of North Texas, 1972; PhD, University of Georgia, 1981; and I earned a MLn at Emory University in 1983 as I prepared for a lifetime as an archivist.
I have been at the Georgia Archives since the early 1980s. The Archives moved to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on 1 July 2013. During my three decades of experience at the Georgia Archives, I have learned much about the millions of records housed in the archives. Among the many treasures at the Georgia Archives are records that, while initially intended for one purpose, can now be used for others. This blog will highlight elements of Georgia’s weather history as recorded in mostly official documents found at the Georgia Archives.
I am a member of CoCoRaHS, a national organization of volunteers who report daily on precipitation. MY home gauge is GA-FY-28 [2.1 miles NNE of Fayetteville’s center]. The gauge on top of the State Archives building in Morrow is listed as GA-CN-8 [1.3 miles N of Morrow’s center]. The photo below is my CoCoRaHS gauge containing the 7.6″ of snow that fell on 1/10/2011 when I was living near Loganville, GA.
My automated weather station is a Davis Vantage Pro 2 Plus with Weatherlink. It is located at Latitude: 33° 28′ 31″ N; Longitude: 84° 27′ 8″ W. The elevation is approximately 925 feet. It reports as CWOP station EW9807 and as Weather Underground station Fayetteville-Clairmont KGAFAYET18.