Mar 29, 2024 - Climate

Atlanta's idyllic spring seasons are getting warmer

Change in average spring temperature from 1970 to 2023
Data: Climate Central; Chart: Axios Visuals

Atlanta's spring seasons are getting warmer a trend reflecting human-caused warming.

Why it matters: Much of the seasonal climate change discussion is focused on summer and winter, when temperatures are typically at their annual high and low extremes.

  • But the "between seasons" — Atlanta's not-to-be-missed (actual) spring and fall — are affected too.

By the numbers: Springtime in Atlanta warmed by 1.5°F on average between 1970 and 2023, per Climate Central, a climate research and communications nonprofit.

  • That's cooler compared to warming of 2.2°F on average across nearly 230 U.S. cities but trending upward.

Zoom in: Heat waves, sudden storms and flash floods are landlocked metro Atlanta's biggest threats from climate change.

  • The city's climate strategy hinges on transitioning City Hall to 100% clean energy by 2035. As of December 2023, however, the city was falling short of its 2025 goal.

Stunning stat: Spring has gotten notably warmer in the American Southwest, where average seasonal temperatures have risen by more than 6°F in some places.

What it did: The group's analysis is based on NOAA data and looks at meteorological spring, which begins March 1 and ends May 31.

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