Roswell, GA

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Founded: 1854 Population: 88,346 Time Zone: -5
Latitude: 34.038 N Longitude: 084.34 W Altitude: 1,070 ft
Average High: 70.4 Average Low: 47.6 Annual Precipitation: 51.82

Roswell, GA, is a small community located north of Atlanta, GA. Founded as a cotton mill town by Roswell King in the middle of the 1830s, and incorporated February 16, 1854, Roswell today is the sixth largest city in Georgia and retains the friendliness and hospitality of a small southern town. Roswell has more parkland per capita than anywhere else in the metropolitan Atlanta area, with everything from ball fields, hiking trails and access to the Chattahoochee River.

Since most of the town's original homes and building survived the Civil War, the Roswell Historic District offers 640 acres of historic sites, vintage homes, churches, cemeteries, museums, and monuments. There are many homes, buildings, and churches listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Barrington Hall Dam on Big Creek Roswell, GA - City Hall


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Before North Georgia was opened to settlement of Europeans, the Hightower (Etowah) Trail ran just west of present day Roswell and crossed today's Azalea drive. With connections from Charleston via Augusta, the old thoroughfare ran through the Roswell area to the Indian towns of present-day northwest Georgia. The Hightower trail was once recognized as an early boundary between the Cherokee and Creek Indian Nations. The old road was used as the dividing line between Indian cessions of 1819 and 1821, and remains today as the boundary between Gwinnett and DeKalb Counties.

After northwest Georgia was opened to settlement in 1832, numerous pioneers migrated over this old trace and many built their homes along it. The name of the trail is believed to come from the Cherokee, Ita-Wa, but the first English to visit this section pronounced and recorded the name Hightower. Today most visible remains of the trail have been erased by urban settlement, but parts of it survive as modern roads.

  • February 12, 1825: Creek Chiefs cede all Creek lands in Georgia to the United States in Treaty of Indian Springs and promise to leave Georgia by September 1. Creek tribesmen repudiate treaty.
  • January 24, 1826: Treaty of Washington abrogates Treaty of Indian Springs. The Creeks cede a smaller area and are allowed to remain on their lands until January 1, 1827.
  • 1828: Gold was found in north Georgia. This drew Roswell King of Darien, Georgia, to investigate the area. Traveling on horseback, Mr. King followed Indian trails to the Chattahoochee River near what is now Roswell. Following the Chattahoochee River, Roswell King discovered vast forests and the rushing waters of Vickery (Vickery's) Creek. These natural resources inspired him to envision a mill, powered by the water, and a community close by.
  • 1838: Roswell King began work on the first cotton mill and in 1839 it was incorporated as "The Roswell Manufacturing Company". The company was extremely successful and expanded. Even a "flour" mill was constructed. Orders for cloth, tenting, rope, flannels, and yarn poured in. [1]
  • 1839: Apartments called "The Bricks" are built for workers in the Roswell Cotton Mill, these apartments were the first built in the South and are believed to be the oldest in the United States.
  • 1839: Fifteen (15) Presbyterian men and women, "members of the colony" of Roswell, invited the Rev. Nathaniel A. Pratt, D.D., of Darien, to organize the first Presbyterian church of Roswell.
  • 1840: Major James Stephen Bulloch built Bulloch Hall. Bulloch Hall is a Greek Revival mansion. James Bullochs' daughter, Martha Bulloch lived here as a child and it is where she married Theodore Roosevelt Sr. Their son Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th president of the United States.
  • 1841: An outbreak of scarlet fever resulted in the death of many children; among them was Charles Irving Bulloch, infant son of Major and Mrs. James Stephens Bulloch and three-year-old Ralph King Hand, son of the widowed daughter of Roswell King, Eliza Hand, for whom the first permanent home in Roswell was built, Primrose Cottage.
  • 1842: Barrington Hall is completed by Barrington King, co-founder of Roswell with his father, Roswell King.
  • 1844: Roswell King died. His son Barrington King, and daughter-in-law, Catherine Nephew King, worked to carry on his father's dream.
  • July 5, 1864: Union cavalry, under the command of Brigadier General Kenner Garrard, arrived in Roswell and the town was occupied. Retreating Confederate soldiers burned the covered bridge at the Chattahoochee River - However, there was a river crossing called Shallow Ford (located on today's Azalea Drive at the River Park). At Shallow Ford, in those early years, the river was only about waist deep. Phoenix Hall, The Bricks and the Presbyterian Church are used as hospitals by Union forces.
  • July 7, 1864: General Sherman ordered everyone connected with the mill to be charged with treason. The nearby cotton mill was destroyed. Mill workers, mostly women and children were arrested, charged with treason and sent north to uncertain fates. One of the women involved in this tragedy was pregnant and working as a seamstress at the mill. She was sent north to Chicago and left to fend for herself. It would take five years before she and her daughter would return, on foot, to Roswell, only to find that her husband had remarried because he thought she was dead. Although the mills were destroyed, the magnificent homes and church were not. The mills were rebuilt after the war.
  • 1926: The old mill burned down and was rebuilt and operated as Southern Mills from 1947 until it closed in 1975.
  • 1975: The last mill in Roswell, "Southern Mill" closed.
  • 1998: The "Faces Of War" Memorial was dedicated to all who served in the Vietnam War. It was built in a municipal park adjacent to the Roswell City Hall.
  • 2005; Population 98,137.
  • 2010; Population 88,346.

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Georgia History

Ancient times

  • ca. 40,000-15,000 B.C.; People migrate to North America from Asia at irregular intervals by way of the Bering Land Bridge.
  • 10,000-8000 B.C.; Paleo-Indian-period American Indians are nomadic and hunt large animals for food. They also eat small game and wild plants. They leave no evidence of permanent dwellings in North Carolina.
  • 2,500 BC - 100 BC; Gulf Formational Period of Indian culture with increasing sophistication in ceramic development with tempered pottery.
  • 1,000 B.C.-A.D. 1550; Woodland-culture American Indians settle in permanent locations, usually beside streams, and practice a mixed subsistence lifestyle of hunting, gathering, and some agriculture. They create pottery and also develop elaborate funeral procedures, such as building mounds, to honor their dead.
  • A.D. 700-1550; Mississippian-culture American Indians create large political units called chiefdoms, uniting people under stronger leadership than the Woodland cultures have. Towns become larger and last longer. People construct flat-topped, pyramidal mounds to serve as foundations for temples, mortuaries, chiefs' houses, and other important buildings. Towns are usually situated beside streams and surrounded by defensive structures. The Etowah Indian Mounds just west of the confluence of Pumpkinvine Creek and the Etowah River south of Cartersville, GA, are an example of the mounds built during this period.
  • A.D 900 and 950: the mounds at Ocmulgee were constructed.
  • A.D 950 to 1250; Medieval Warm Period.
  • 1300-1850: The Little Ice Age.
  • 1498, May 20: Italian explorer John Cabot left Dursey Head (Ireland) and made a 2nd trip to explore North America. It is possible that while on the trip Cabot explored the coast of Georgia.


1500 - 1799


  • 1526, September 29: First colony on mainland America was established by Lucas Vázques de Ayllón. The location of the settlement is believed to be on Georgia's Sapelo Island.
  • 1540: Spaniard Hernando de Soto explored Georgia.
  • 1566: Forts were built along the Atlantic coast, including the first in Georgia on St. Catherines Island
  • 1607; First permanent English colony in North America established at Jamestown, VA.
  • 1629: Charles I of England granted a charter to Sir Robert Heath which included all territory between 31° and 36° N Lat. and extended from sea to sea. This was approximately from Albemarle Sound in North Carolina to Jekyll Island off the coast of Georgia. The delivery of this charter is a matter of dispute. There are claims that this charter was conveyed to Samuel Vassal in 1630.
  • 1650: Cherokee Nation had successfully migrated southward, occupying more than 40,000 square miles in the southern Appalachian Mountains.
  • 1670, April: Charleston, South Carolina founded.
  • 1670, July 18: Treaty of peace between England and Spain, who claims the entire eastern half of North America, signed at Madrid, Spain, provides that actual possession of land would determine ownership. The English have no settlements south of Charleston while the Spanish have settlements as far north as latitude 32" 30'. This is approximately the latitude of Port Royal (Santa Elena), South Carolina or about fifty miles north of Savannah.
  • 1673: The Spanish reoccupy Santa Catalina (St. Catherines Island) and begin constructing a fort.
  • 1681, February: Spanish abandon St. Catherines Island and move the garrison to Sapelo Island. 18th century.
  • 1717, June: Sir Robert Montgomery secures a grant from the Palatine and Lords Proprietors of the Province of Carolina for the lands between the Alatamaha and Savannah Rivers. He names his colony the Margravate of Azilia.
  • 1717: Sir Robert Montgomery publishes A Discourse Concerning the Designed Establishment of a New Colony to the South of Carolina, in the Most Delightful Country of the Universe.
  • 1721: Colonel John Barnwell, of South Carolina, builds Fort King George at the mouth of the Altamaha River. This is the first British settlement in what will become Georgia.
  • 1730, February 13: Earl of Egmont's diary contains the first written mention of Georgia. The state of Georgia purchased Egmont's Journal of the Transaction of the Trustees for $16,000 in 1946. Egmont's Journal is known as Georgia's birth certificate.
  • 1730. July 30: James Oglethorpe and 20 associates petition George II for a royal charter to establish a colony southwest of Carolina.
  • 1732, January 27: Privy Council approves Georgia's charter.
  • 1732, April: George II signs Georgia's charter.
  • 1732, June 9: The privy seal is affixed to Georgia's charter and George II grants charter with seven-eights interest to James Edward Oglethorpe, the Earl of Egmont and 19 associates for all the land "between the Savannah and Altamaha Rivers from the Atlantic coast to the headwaters of these streams and thence to the South Seas" for 21 years.
  • 1732, July 20: Twelve trustees attend the first meeting of the Trustees for Establishing the Colony of Georgia in America at Old Palace Yard, Westminster. A total of 72 trustees will serve during the life of the charter. Six of the original Trustees will still be serving when the charter is surrendered. The Trustees are not allowed to hold office, own land or profit from Georgia in any way.
  • 1732, October 3: 114 colonists have been enrolled. Male colonists are drilled by the sergeants of the Royal Guard.
  • 1732, November 17: James Oglethorpe and 114 colonists embark on the Anne from Gravesend, England for Charles Town, Carolina. Ten tuns of Alderman Parson's best beer are on board. The Anne stops at Madeira to take on board five tuns of wine. Two children die on the voyage and four children are born.
  • 1732: Colony is supposed to produce hemp, silk, grapes, olives and medicinal plants, for which England is dependent upon foreign countries.
  • 1733, February: The Trustees Garden is established. This is the first public agricultural experimental garden in the colonies. The upland cotton which prolongs slavery with such disastrous consequences is developed here as well as Georgia's famed peaches.
  • 1733 Jan. 13; James Oglethorpe and the first settlers for Georgia arrive in Charles Town Harbor, South Carolina on the Anne. Savannah, Georgia is founded soon after.
  • 1733, February 1: Savannah founded by Oglethorpe with 116 colonists and Savannah becomes the first permanent English settlement.
  • 1735, January 9: Three laws enacted for Georgia under Trustee rule:
    1. Slaves prohibited in Georgia.
    2. Rum prohibited in Georgia.
    3. Traders required to purchase a license before trading with the Indians.
    Laws had to be enacted by parliament and signed by the King. The Trustees could only suggest laws.
  • 1735: Augusta founded on the Savannah River.
  • 1739: October: England declares war on Spain, War of Jenkins Ear.
  • 1739, November 15: News reaches Fort Frederica that a party of Spanish, Negroes and Indians recently landed on Amelia Island during the night, killed two unarmed Highlanders and mutilated the bodies.
  • 1740, January 1: Oglethorpe invades Florida.
  • 1740, June: Oglethorpe bombards St. Augustine, Florida for three weeks without effect.
  • 1740, July 5: South Carolina troops at the siege of St. Augustine begin a disorderly retreat and Oglethorpe lifts siege.
  • 1742, July 7: The Battle of Bloody Marsh was the last Spanish action in the War of Jenkins' Ear. The Spanish were prevented from taking Charleston. Almost all authors speak of a great slaughter and numerous dead but no one quotes the actual number of casualties. Oglethorpe reports killing 170 to 200 Spaniards. Both English and Spanish sources report the action as being especially bloody. Georgia desperately needed a victory and the Spanish needed an excuse. The Boston Post October 4, 1742 page 2 reported: "They both did meet, they both did fight, they both did run away, they both did strive to meet again, the quite Contrary Way." In any event it was a Glorious Victory.
  • 1742, July 14: Parliament directs the trustees to rescind the prohibition on rum. The officers charged with enforcing the rum prohibition were using their position to sell rum.
  • 1749: Law prohibiting the importation of slaves rescinded. Georgia planters were hiring South Carolina slaves for life and even openly purchasing slaves at the dock in Savannah.
  • 1749, July 20: Mary Musgrove declares herself Empress of the Creeks and marches on Savannah with a Creek Army to either collect moneys due her for services rendered during the War of Jenkins' Ear or to drive the whites from Georgia. The Creeks are satisfied with a few presents and some rum. Mary's claims are settled by London for £2,100 and title to St. Catherines Island.
  • 1755, January 7: First Assembly under the British Crown meets at Savannah. First law passed by the Assembly provides for punishment of anyone who questions the decisions of the Assembly.
  • 1756, January: Four hundred French Arcadians arrive in Georgia. About 6,000 will be sent to Georgia and the Carolinas.
  • 1756 - 1763; The Seven Years War (French and Indian War) due to disputes over land is won by Great Britain. The war ended with the Treaty of Paris among France, Spain and Great Britain and the Treaty of Hubertusburg among Saxony, Austria and Prussia, in 1763. France gives England all French territory east of the Mississippi River, except New Orleans. The Spanish give up east and west Florida to the English in return for Cuba.[Ref]
  • 1760, October 25: George II dies after a 33-year reign at 77 and George III begins a disastrous 60-year reign.
  • 1763, February 10: Treaty of Paris terminates the Seven Years War. France cedes Canada and all territory east of the Mississippi River to Great Britain and West Louisiana to Spain. Spain cedes all territory east of the Mississippi, with the exception of New Orleans, to Great Britain.
  • 1763, April 7: Georgia Gazette begins publication. Georgia Gazette is the first newspaper in Georgia and the eighth in the English colonies.
  • 1764, April 5: Sugar Act passed. This is the first serious dispute between the colonies and Great Britain.
  • 1765, March 22: Stamp Act passed.
  • 1765, May 2: The Georgia Gazette suspends publication due to Stamp Act.
  • 1765, October 7: Stamp Act Congress held in New York. Georgia sends an unofficial observer whose sole duty is to bring back a copy of the minutes.
  • 1765, October 31: Stamp Master hanged in effigy in Savannah.
  • 1765, November 1: Stamp Act becomes effective but Georgia has no stamps, no stamp master and no official notice of the Stamp Act. The royal Governor James Wright suspends the courts and clears ships with certificates attesting that no stamps are available. Savannah is soon crowded with ships from all over the Empire seeking passes.
  • 1766, March 18: George III signs bill to rescind Stamp Act.
  • 1766, May 21: The Georgia Gazette resumes publication.
  • 1767, June 29: The Townshend Revenue Act passed by Parliament. The Act imposes duties on tea, glass, paint, oil, lead and paper imported into the colonies. The estimated revenue is £40,000 per annum. Charles, Townshend is Chancellor of the Exchequer. Townshend said, "These colonies are children of the mother country. They were planted by our care and nurtured by us. They will not grudge us their mite to help with the heavy burden we bear." James Habersham warns the British, "If you persist in your right to tax the colonists, you will drive them to rebellion."
  • 1770, January 19-20: The battle of Golden Hill New York is the first clash between British forces and colonists.
  • 1770, March 5: Boston Massacre. British troops fire into a rioting mob killing five men and wounding six. Three men die instantly and two die later of wounds. The British Captain and his men are tried for murder and acquitted. The prosecutor is Robert Treat Paine and the defense attorneys are John Adams and Josiah Quincy II.
  • 1774, September 5: First Continental Congress in Philadelphia is attended by twelve of the nineteen continental colonies. Georgia, Canada, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, East Florida and West Florida do not attend.
  • 1774, October 14 - A Declaration of Rights and Grievances adopted by the Continental Congress. George Washington writes "no thinking man in all of North America desires independence".
  • 1774, October 20: The Continental Congress adopts "The Association" which is an agreement to import nothing from Great Britain after December 1, and to export nothing to Great Britain, Ireland or the British West Indies after September 10 unless grievances against the Crown are redressed. The Association is ratified within six months by all colonies except Georgia and New York.
  • 1774, October 26: The Continental Congress sends a petition to King George and an address to the British people.
  • 1774, December: St. Johns Parish ratifies the acts of the Continental Congress and attempts to secede from Georgia and join South Carolina. St. Johns elects its own delegate, Lyman Hall, to the Continental Congress. The Continental Congress banned all intercourse with Georgia except for St. Johns Parish.
  • 1775 - 1783 American Revolution
  • 1786, July 1: James Oglethorpe dies.
  • 1787, September 17: The United States Constitution is signed at the Constitutional Convention, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The signers from Georgia are William Few and Abraham Baldwin.
  • 1787, September 21: Battle of Jacks Creek.
  • 1787, December 31: Georgia ratifies United States Constitution. The fourth state to do so.
  • 1788, January 2: The Georgia delegates formally sign the United States Constitution at Augusta and Georgia becomes the 4th state.
  • 1793; Eli Whitney invents cotton gin.
  • 1794, March 22: President George Washington signs the Slave Trade Act of 1794 into law. The Slave Trade Act of 1794 was a law passed by the United States Congress that prohibited American ships from engaging the international slave trade. [Ref ]
  • 1795: Yazoo land scandal - massive fraud perpetrated by several Georgia governors and the state legislature from 1795 to 1803 by selling large tracts of land to insiders at ridiculously low prices.
  • 1798, Georgia forbids further importation of slaves.


1800 - 1899


  • 1802: Georgia formally cedes western claims for its southern boundary at the 31st parallel to Alabama.
  • 1805: The Treaty of Tellico with the Cherokees and the Treaty of Washington with the Creeks gave the government the right to open and operate roads through Indian lands.
  • 1807: Horace King was born as a slave of African, European, and Native American (Catawba) ancestry in Chesterfield District, South Carolina. His master, John Godwin (1798-1859), a contractor, realized King's intuitive genius as a builder and nurtured those skills. King became know as Georgia's Master Bridge Builder.
  • 1808, January 1: The Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves of 1807, enacted March 2, 1807, goes in to affect. The Act prohibits the importation of slaves, into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States. The act affected only the import or export of slaves, and did not affect the internal trade in states or between states.[Ref ] (also see Article 1 Section 9, clause 1, of the United States Constitution )
  • 1810: The surveying and constructing of a route to link Georgia with Tennessee and Alabama began in 1810. Known as the Old Federal Road, much of the route followed an old Cherokee trading path and connected Georgia with Nashville and Knoxville, both frontier settlements in Tennessee. From Athens the route led northwestward along a generally straight course, entering the lands of the Cherokees at the present Hall County-Jackson County line and heading toward what is now Ramhurst in Murray County, GA. There it forked, one branch leading north to Knoxville and the other west to Ross Landing, now Chattanooga, TN.
  • 1812 - 1815: War of 1812
  • 1817 - 1818: First Seminole war begins as Georgia backwoodsmen attack Indians just north of the Florida border.
    • 1818, March 9: Andrew Jackson arrives at Fort Scott to concentrate troops for an expedition into Spanish Florida against those who have been raiding United States territory.
    • 1818: First Seminole War ends.
  • 1819: An American Naval Squadron is sent to the cost of Africa to suppressing the Transatlantic slave trade.[Ref ]
  • 1820: With the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812, both the United States and Great Britain agreed to work towards ending the slave trade. The U.S. Navy's role in the struggle against slavery began in 1820 when warships deployed off West Africa to catch American slave ships.[Ref 1][Ref 2]
  • 1820, March 3: Missouri Compromise accepted by Congress. Missouri is admitted as a slave state in exchange for Maine's admittance as a free state on the condition that slavery is abolished in the rest of the Louisiana Purchase.
  • February 12, 1825: Creek Chiefs (Muscogee Nation) cede all Creek lands in Georgia to the United States in Treaty of Indian Springs and promise to leave Georgia by September 1. Creek tribesmen repudiate treaty.
  • 1825, November 12: the Cherokee council adopts a resolution making Newtown the Cherokee Nation's capital. They changed the town's name to New Echota in honor of Chota, a beloved town located in present-day Tennessee.
  • 1826, January 24; Treaty of Washington abrogates Treaty of Indian Springs. The Creeks cede a smaller area and are allowed to remain on their lands until January 1, 1827.
  • 1828: The Cherokee Phoenix, the first Native American newspaper in the United States, was first printed in New Echota, Georgia, the capital of the Cherokee Nation.
  • 1828, January: The Fanny becomes the first steamboat to run from the Gulf of Mexico to Columbus, GA. The journey took several months.
  • 1828 - Gold discovered in Georgia.
  • 1828, May 9: Seminoles in Florida sign treaty ceding all tribal land east of the Mississippi. Fifteen Chiefs sign.
  • 1834, July 9: The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah.
  • 1835 - 1842 Second Seminole War.
    • 1835: Osceola thrusts his knife through the 1832 treaty. Osceola is arrested but escapes.
    • 1836: Seminoles massacre Major Francis L. Dade and his 103 man command.
    • 1836, February: Battle of Hitchity.
    • 1836, July 3: Battle of Chickasawachee Swamp.
    • 1836, July 27: Battle of Echowanochaway Creek.
    • 1837: Osceola and several followers are arrested under a flag of truce at St. Augustine on orders of General Thomas S. Jesup.
    • 1837, December 25: Zachary Taylor, Old Rough and Ready, defeats Seminoles at Okeechobee Swamp.
  • 1836, December 19: Emory College established. The original site was Oxford.
  • 1837: Terminus the western terminal of Western and Atlantic Railroad is founded. Terminus will become Atlanta.
  • 1838: Trail of Tears, Cherokees and Creek Indians are forced from the state.
  • 1838: Underground railroad starts.
  • 1840's: Most of the "easy" gold has been found in Georgia. It is estimated that Georgia produced about 870,000 troy ounces (24,000 kg) of gold between 1828 and the mid-20th Century, when commercial gold production ceased.
  • 1842: Crawford W. Long performs first recorded operation under general anesthesia. Ether parties are in vogue and Long notices the absence of pain in guests who fall down and bruise themselves at an ether party he hosts. He removes a cyst from James Venable's neck while Venable is under the influence of ether.
  • 1842, August: The Webster-Ashburton Treaty, between the United States and Great Britain is signed in to suppress the slave trade. To enforce the anti-slave trade, the US Navy deployed a permanent African Squadron. Despite the vigilance of American, as well as British and French, warships in African waters, the overseas slave trade increased in the 1850s, owing to the high demand for slaves in Latin America. The U.S. Navy's participation ended with the start of the U.S. Civil War, April 1861.[Ref 1][Ref 2]
  • 1843: Terminus is renamed Marthasville after Martha Atalanta Lumpkin daughter of Governor Wilson Lumpkin.
  • 1844: Crawford W. Long uses ether in childbirth at Jefferson, Georgia. He administers ether to his wife during the birth of their second child.
  • 1846: Two railroad lines connect with the Western and Atlantic in the center of Marthasville (Atlanta), connecting it to far-flung areas of the Southeast and spurring the city's growth.
  • 1846, April; The Mexican-American War ignited as a result of disputes over claims to Texas boundaries. The outcome of the war fixed Texas' southern boundary at the Rio Grande River. Stephen Watts Kearny annexed New Mexico to U.S.[Ref]
  • 1847: Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated (Formally Marthasville). Atlanta is named for Martha Atalanta Lumpkin the daughter of Governor Wilson Lumpkin, Atalanta is a variant of Atlanta.
  • 1848, February 2; The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed. The treaty established the U.S. - Mexican border of the Rio Grande River, and ceded to the United States the present-day states of California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, most of Arizona and Colorado, and parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Wyoming. In return, Mexico received US $18,250,000 ($461,725,000 [2011])-less than half the amount the U.S. had attempted to offer Mexico for the land before the opening of hostilities-and the U.S. agreed to assume $3.25-million ($82,225,000 [2011]) in debts that the Mexican government owed to U.S. citizens. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo specified that, language and cultural rights of the existing inhabitants being considered as inviolable.[Ref]
  • 1848: Horace King was emancipated.
  • 1848: Dred Scott unsuccessfully sues for his freedom Dred Scott v. Sandford case in U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 1849: Harriet Tubman escapes to the north and becomes a conductor on the Underground Railroad.
  • 1850, September 8: A new Fugitive Slave Act strengthens the 1793 act by substituting federal jurisdiction for state jurisdiction.
  • 1854, February 28: Republican Party organizes at Ripon, Wisconsin by former Whigs and disaffected Democrats opposed to the extension of slavery.
  • 1854: Wisconsin Supreme Court rules Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 is unconstitutional.
  • mid-1850s: Horace King built Moore's Bridge, over the Chattahoochee River between Newnan and Carrollton, and accepted stock in the enterprise as payment.
  • 1861 - 1865 American Civil War. [More Information]


1900 - 1999


  • 1912, March 12: Girl Scouts founded in Savannah, GA.
  • 1914 - 1918 The First World War. [More Information]
  • 1918: Flu Epidemic infected 500 million people across the world, and killed 50 to 100 million. (see 1918 flu pandemic for more information.)[Ref]
  • 1920, August 18; Women win the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified by Tennessee.
  • 1921: Boll weevil cuts Georgia and South Carolina Cotton production in half.
  • 1924, June 2; Congress passes the Indian Citizenship Act, conferring citizenship on Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States.[Ref].
  • 1925 - February 13: Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler offers Candler Field to the city of Atlanta for use as an airport for a second time.
  • 1927 The Georgia Warm Springs Foundation is founded by Franklin D. Roosevelt and philanthropist Basil O'Connor as a treatment center and refuge for polio patients. The center will be operated by the National Foundation March of Dimes.
  • 1929, January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr., is born in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1929 - 1940; The Great Depression and New Deal.
    • The beginning of the Great Depression in the United States is associated with the stock market crash on October 29, 1929, known as Black Tuesday. The depression had devastating effects in both the industrialized countries and those which exported raw materials.
    • The New Deal is the title President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave to a sequence of programs and promises he initiated between 1933 and 1938 with the goal of giving relief, reform and recovery to the people and economy of the United States during the Great Depression.
  • 1931, September 18; Japan invades Manchuria.
  • 1934: The Masters golf tournament for professionals begins at Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club.
  • 1935; The Soviet Union declares that the fascist states of Germany and Japan are the enemies.
  • 1935, October 3; The Second Italo-Abyssinian War. Italian armed forces from Eritrea invaded Ethiopia without a declaration of war. In response Ethiopia declares war on Italy. On October 7, the League of Nations declared Italy to be the aggressor, and started the slow process of imposing limited sanctions on Italy.
  • 1936, June 30: Gone with the Wind written by Margaret Mitchell is published.
  • 1937: Japan invades China.
  • 1937, December 13 - January 1938; The Nanking Massacre was a mass murder (50,000-300,000 dead) and mass rape committed by Japanese troops against the residents of Nanjing (Nanking), then the capital of the Republic of China, during the Second Sino-Japanese War. [Ref]
  • 1938, March 10: The Light Cruiser USS Savannah (CL-42) is commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
  • 1939 - 1945 World War II. [More Information]
  • 1946, July 1: The Communicable Disease Center (CDC) is created to control and eradicate malaria in the United States. The CDC is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1946, December 7: The Winecoff Hotel fire in Atlanta killed 119 of the 280 people who were staying in the hotel at the time of the fire. This is one of the deadliest hotel fires in North America.
  • 1950 - 1953; The Korean War is fought in Korea.
  • 1966, January 10: Black legislators seated for the first time in 58 years.
  • 1962, March 23: The nuclear-powered ship the NS Savannah is launched. The NS Savannah was the first nuclear-powered cargo-passenger ship and one of only four nuclear-powered cargo ships ever built. The Maritime Administration decommissioned her in 1972.
  • 1962: Cuban Missile Crisis.
    • September 8: First consignment of SS-4 MRBMs arrived in Cuba from the Soviet Union. The range of the SS-4 is 2,080 km. (1100 nautical miles, about 1266 statute mile).
    • September 16: Second consignment of SS-4 MRBMs and SS-5s with a 4,000 kilometer-range (2,400 statute miles) arrived in Cuba.
    • October 1: Four attack submarines -- B-4, B-36, B-59, and B-130--of the Soviet Sixty-Ninth Submarine Brigade depart from Sayda Bay, near Murmank, heading for Mariel Bay, Cuba. The submarines are of the "Foxtrot" (F-class) category, as designated by NATO. Armed with nuclear-tipped torpedoes and supplied with tropical clothing, the submarines and their crews have orders to sail covertly to Cuba and establish a base at Mariel.
    • October 22: President John F. Kennedy delivers a televised address announcing the discovery of the missile installations. He proclaimed that the United States would "...regard any nuclear missile launched from the island of Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response..." He also placed a naval "quarantine" on Cuba to prevent further Soviet shipments of military weapons from arriving there.
    • October 24: Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara informs President Kennedy that a Soviet submarine is close to two Soviet ships that the U.S. Navy intends to intercept.[3] He stresses the danger of the situation, but assures Kennedy that the Navy is prepared. The USS Essex group was instructed to block the progress of the submarine and was authorized to use "small explosives" if necessary. Unbeknownst to the Navy, the submarine carried a nuclear-tipped torpedo with orders that allowed its use if the submarine was "hulled" [4]. At 10:25 a.m. John McCone received an intelligence message and announced that the ships had gone dead in the water.
    • October 28: a new message from Nikita Khrushchev is broadcast on Radio Moscow. Khrushchev stated "the Soviet government, in addition to previously issued instructions on the cessation of further work at the building sites for the weapons, has issued a new order on the dismantling of the weapons which you describe as 'offensive' and their crating and return to the Soviet Union."
  • 1968, April 4: Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Riots occur in Albany, Fort Valley, Macon and Savannah.
  • 1970: The Communicable Disease Center (CDC) in Atlanta is renamed the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to reflect a broader mission in preventive health.[5]
  • 1977, November 6: Kelly Barnes Dam, located above the Toccoa Falls Bible College near Toccoa, Georgia fails. Thirty-nine people died in the resulting flood.
  • 1977 - 1981 James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. from Plains, Georgia becomes the thirty-ninth President of the United States.
  • 1996: Atlanta is home to the Centennial Summer Olympics.
  • 1996, The funeral of the Bailey family, killed in a tragic auto accident, was held at the all-white Southern Baptist church, the first black funeral there since slave members departed to form their own congregation in 1862. (WSJ, 6/23/97, p.A1)
  • 1997, January 10; 80 acres of land including the historic Powers Cabin are added to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. [Ref]
  • 1997, January 16; Explosion at the Sandy Springs Professional building draws authorities to the site where the Atlanta Northside Family Planning Service offices are located inside. A second bomb detonates shortly thereafter, injuring seven. [Ref]
  • 1997, Feb 21, There was a bombing at the Otherside Loung, an Atlanta lesbian nightclub, injured five people. The Luong was the target of two bombs, the first injuring five people, the second harmlessly detonated outside the bar. It was similar to the previous recent bombings at an abortion clinic and at the Olympics. Eric Rudolph was later charged with the bombing. He was arrested May 31, 2003. (WSJ, 2/21/97, p.A12)(SSFC, 6/1/03, p.A1) [Ref]
  • 1997, March 5; Yasser Arafat travels to Plains, GA (Sumter County) to meet former President Jimmy Carter. [Ref]
  • 1997, Nov 16; Some 600 protestors at Fort Benning, Ga., called for the closing of the Army’s School of the Americas, which trains Latin American soldiers. (SFC,11/17/97, p.A3)
  • 1997; The town of Stone Mountain elected its first black mayor, Chuck Burris. (SFC,11/28/97, p.B6)
  • 1998, Mar 20; A twister killed 11 people in northeast Georgia and 2 people in North Carolina. (SFC, 3/21/98, p.A1)
  • 1998, Apr 8; A line of storms struck the southeast and killed at least 41 people. 32 were left dead in Alabama, 8 in Georgia and 1 in Mississippi. (SFC, 4/9/98, p.A3)(SFC, 4/10/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/10/98, p.A1)
  • 1998, Sep 7; In Atlanta the 4-day Million Youth Movement ended with a march of less than 10,000 black youths. (SFC, 9/8/98, p.A3)
  • 1998, Oct 14; The San Diego Padres won the National League championship over the Atlanta Braves in 4 games to 2. (WSJ, 10/15/98, p.A1)
  • 1998, Oct 20; State Senator Ralph David Abernathy III (39) was indicted by a grand jury for stealing some $13,000 from Georgia taxpayers by billing for false expenses. (SFC, 10/21/98, p.A3)
  • 1998, Nov 23; The state Supreme Court invalidated Georgia’s anti-sodomy law. (SFC, 11/24/98, p.A4)
  • 1998; The new Cousins Properties tower in Atlanta was scheduled to be completed. It was designed by Jon Pickard and featured a sweeping glass bonnet on the roof over a rooftop garden. (WSJ, 1/6/98, p.B10)
  • 1999, Jan 25; Robert Shaw (b.30 April 1916), the dean of American choral conducting, died in Atlanta at age 82. He was the musical director and conductor of the Atlanta Symphony from 1967-1988. (SFC, 1/26/99, p.A24)
  • 1999, Feb 5; The Dupont Co., based in Wilmington, Del., agreed to a $90 million settlement with environmentalists to abandon plans to mine titanium along the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. (SFC, 2/6/99, p.A9)
  • 1999, May 20; In Conyers, Ga., a 15-year-old boy shot and wounded 6 fellow students at Heritage High School. In 2000 the boy was sentenced to 40 years in prison and 65 years of probation. (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A1)(SFC, 11/10/00, p.A4)
  • 1999, Jul 29; In Atlanta Mark O. Barton (44) shot and killed 9 people in 2 day-trading offices in the Buckhead district of Atlanta. Police also found the dead bodies of his wife Leigh Ann Barton (27) and 2 children, Matthew (11) and Elizabeth Mychelle (7) in suburban Stockbridge. Barton had been a suspect in the 1993 murders of his first wife and mother-in-law. (SFC, 7/30/99, p.A1)
  • 1999, Nov 5; Two Chinese pandas, Lun-Lun and Yang-Yang, arrived in Atlanta for a 10 year visit. They were part of a project to study mating problems related to captivity. (SFC, 11/6/99, p.A6)
  • 1999, Nov 21; Some 3,000 of 8,000 demonstrators crossed onto the Fort Benning army base in Georgia to protest against the School of the Americas and the 10 year anniversary of Jesuit priests killed in El Salvador by soldiers trained at the school. (SFC, 11/22/99, p.A2)


2000 - 2009


  • 2000, Feb; In Georgia tornadoes struck the southwest part of the state and 22 people were killed.    (SFC, 2/15/00, p.A1)
  • 2000, Mar 16; In Georgia a gunman shot and wounded 2 sheriff's deputies while being served a warrant in Atlanta at the home of Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown. The gunman was later identified as Brown. Deputy Ricky Kinchen (35) died the next day. Al-Amin (56) was arrested in Alabama on Mar 20. He was convicted of murder on Mar 9, 2002.    (SFC, 3/17/00, p.A5)(SFC, 3/18/00, p.A3)(SFC, 3/21/00, p.A3)(SSFC, 3/10/02, p.A6)
  • 2000, Mar; The Intercontinental Exchange was founded in Atlanta, Ga., as an Internet-based trading platform for OTC precious metals and oil.    (
  • 2000, Jul 14; Attorney Warren Bailey (88) died and left $60 million to St. Mary’s United Methodist Church. The fortune came from the Camden Telephone Co. The 715-member congregation used $40 million to set up a foundation to award grants to nonprofit groups.    (SSFC, 12/10/00, p.C8)
  • 2000, Nov 16; Hosea Williams, civil rights leader and Lt. to Martin Luther King Jr., died in Atlanta at age 74.    (SFC, 11/17/00, p.A18)
  • 2000, Dec 15; The US Army planned to hold closing ceremonies for the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Ga. The school planned to reopen in January as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.    (SFC, 12/13/00, p.B8)
  • 2001, Feb 17; Khalid Abdul Muhammad (born as Harold Moore), national chairman of the New Black Panther Party and former Nation of Islam official, died at age 53 in Marietta, Ga. He was known for his harsh rhetoric about Jews and whites     (SSFC, 2/18/01, p.A2)(AP, 2/17/02)
  • 2001, Mar 13; A BP Amoco chemical plant explosion near Augusta killed 3 workers.    (WSJ, 3/14/00, p.A1)
  • 2001, Jul 5; The US spy plane from China arrived at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia aboard a Russian Antonov-124 transport plane.    (SFC, 7/6/01, p.A9)
  • 2001, Aug 11; A woman (71) who lived near downtown Atlanta died of the West Nile virus, the first reported death from the disease outside the Northeast since the virus emerged on the East Coast in 1999. Tests done by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the cause of death. The virus, which can cause deadly swelling of the brain, has killed nine people in New York and New Jersey since 1999.    (AP, 8/17/01)(SFC, 8/18/01, p.A6)
  • 2001, Oct 5; Georgia’s Supreme Court ruled that electrocution is an unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment. 441 Georgia inmates had died in the electric chair since 1924.    (SFC, 10/6/01, p.E1)
  • 2001, Oct 25; Terry Mincey (41), convicted of killing a convenience store clerk in 1982, became the 1st Georgia inmate to die by lethal injection.    (SFC, 10/26/01, p.D6)
  • 2002, Feb 16; In Noble, Ga., officials found 334 decomposing bodies at the Tri-State Crematory, where the furnace had not worked for years. Ray Brent Marsh (28), manager of the family operation, was arrested and charged with 5 counts of theft by deception. In 2004 families of the dead settled a class-action suit for $80 million. Marsh pleaded guilty and was sentenced to twelve years in prison, with credit for the time he had served before making bond, plus seventy-five years of probation.    (SSFC, 2/17/02, p.A6)(
  • 2002, Mar 14; A 125-vehicle pileup left 4 people dead on foggy I-75 near Ringgold.    (SFC, 3/15/02, p.A3)
  • 2002, Mar 21; Herman Eugene Talmadge (b.1913), later state governor and US Senator, died in Hampton.    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A27)
  • 2002, Aug 1; In Atlanta, Georgia, a 35,000 pound billboard collapsed at a suburban shopping center and 3 construction workers were killed.    (SFC, 8/2/02, p.A6)
  • 2003, Mar 20; Tornadoes hit rural Georgia and 6 people were killed.    (SFC, 3/21/03, p.A7)
  • 2003, May 8; Georgia's governor signed legislation redesigning the state flag without a Confederate emblem.    (WSJ, 5/9/03, p.A1)
  • 2003, Jun 23; Maynard Jackson Jr. (65), African-American, the former mayor of Atlanta (1973-1993), died.    (SFC, 6/24/03, p.A21)
  • 2003, Jun 25; Lester Maddox (87), former segregationist and Georgia governor (1967-1970), died in Atlanta. While the governor of Georgia, Lester Maddoc appointed more blacks to government positions than did all past Georgia governors combined, integrated the Georgia State Patrol, integrated the lines of farmer's markets throughout the state, and also urged state troopers to address blacks as Mr. or Ms. instead of derogatory terms.[Ref]   (BS, 6/26/03, 5A)(AP, 6/25/08)
  • 2004, Jun 9; G-8 Summit leaders at Sea Island Resort near Savannah, Georgia, called for Middle East reform and a broader role for NATO in Iraq. (WSJ, 6/11/04, p.A7) The summit ended without an agreement on Iraq. The group agreed to extend through 2006 the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative.    (WSJ, 6/11/04, p.A7)
  • 2004, Jul 16; George Busbee 76, former Georgia Gov.,  died in Savannah.     (AP, 7/16/05)
  • 2004, Sep 17; The violent remains of Hurricane Ivan pounded a large swath of the eastern United States, drenching an area from Georgia to Ohio. Ivan left 70 dead in the Caribbean and 40 dead in the US including 4 in Alabama, 16 in Florida, 4 in Georgia, 4 in Louisiana, 3 in Mississippi, and 8 in North Carolina.    (AP, 9/17/04)(SFC, 9/18/04, p.A16)
  • 2004, Oct 25; The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously threw out the state's hate crimes law, calling it overbroad and "unconstitutionally vague."    (AP, 10/25/04)
  • 2005, Jan 3; Victor Hill, the newly elected Clayton County Sheriff, fired 27 mostly white officers from his staff as the Georgia county opened the year with its 1st black-majority government.    (SFC, 1/10/05, p.A6)
  • 2005, Jan 30; In Georgia more than 300,000 customers had no electricity as crews worked to repair power lines snapped by an ice storm.    (AP, 1/30/05) 
  • 2005, Mar 11; Brian Nichols (33), on trial for rape, shot and killed Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes, court reporter Julie Ann Brandau and Deputy Hoyt Teasley at the Fulton County Courthouse. He then killed deferral agent David Wilhelm in Atlanta’s posh Buckhead neighborhood. Nichols was captured the next day. In 2008 Nichols pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. On Nov 7, 2008, Nichols was convicted of murder. On Dec 13 he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.    (AP, 3/12/05)(SFC, 3/12/05, p.A1)(SFC, 9/23/08, p.A4)(SFC, 11/7/08, p.A5)(SSFC, 12/14/08, p.A6)
  • 2005, Jul 23; Kristina Miller (27) of Peachtree City, Ga., was the only American killed in the  blasts at the Egyptian resort at Sharm el-Sheik.    (AP, 7/27/05)
  • 2006, Jan 30; Coretta Scott King (78), the widow of The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr, died in Mexico. She had turned a life shattered by her husband's assassination into one devoted to enshrining his legacy of human rights and equality.    (AP, 1/31/06)
  • 2006, Mar 10; Bill Campbell (52), former mayor if Atlanta, Georgia (1994-2002), was convicted of tax evasion, but acquitted for corruption charges. In June he was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison and fined $6,300.    (, 6/14/06, p.A1)
  • 2006, Mar 13; South Korea’s Kia Motors Corp. said it will build a $1.2 billion factory in West Point, Ga., its first in the US. Toyota said it will build a plant in Lafayette, Ind.    (SFC, 3/14/06, p.D3)
  • 2006, Apr 10; Tens of thousands of immigrants spilled into the streets of Atlanta and other US cities in a national day of action billed as a "campaign for immigrants' dignity."    (AP, 4/10/06)
  • 2006, Apr 17; Georgia's Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a sweeping immigration bill that supporters and critics say gives the state some of the toughest measures against illegal immigrants in the nation.    (AP, 4/17/06)
  • 2006, Apr 20; Georgia’s Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a bill into law that offered government-sanctioned elective classes on the Bible in public high schools. He also signed a bill permitting the display of the Ten Commandments at courthouses.    (SFC, 4/21/06, p.A3)
  • 2006, Apr 20; Scott Crossfield, the hotshot test pilot who in 1953 became the first man to fly at twice the speed of sound, was killed in the crash of his small plane in Georgia.    (AP, 4/20/07)
  • 2006, Apr 21, The US Justice Dept. gave assent to a Georgia law requiring photo IDs to vote.    (WSJ, 4/22/06, p.A1)
  • 2006, Aug 28; Columbus, Ga., beat Kawaguchi City, Japan, 2-1 to win the Little League World Series championship game.    (AP, 8/28/07)
  • 2006, Sep 19; A Georgia judge struck down the state’s photo ID requirement to vote.    (WSJ, 9/20/06, p.A1)
  • 2006, Oct 17; Pres. Bush signed into law a bill to provide grant money for the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. In September Congress had declared a swathe of coastline from North Carolina to Florida the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, in an effort to preserve the region’s distinctive black culture and creole language.    (Econ, 2/2/08, p.42)(
  • 2006, Nov 1; In Lawrenceville, Ga., Khalid Adem (30), an Ethiopian immigrant, was convicted of genital mutilation of his 2-year-old daughter. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.    (SFC, 11/2/06, p.A3)
  • 2007, Feb 15; Scientists gathered in Atlanta, Ga., to find a way to stop a fungus killing the world’s frogs. Up to 170 species have gone extinct in the past decade.    (WSJ, 2/16/07, p.A1)
  • 2007, Mar 7; At least two people woke on their way to becoming millionaires. Someone bought a winning ticket for the record $370 million Mega Millions jackpot in Dalton, Ga., and another winning ticket was purchased in Woodbine, N.J. Ed Nabors (52), a Georgia truck driver, stepped forward to claim half of a $390 million jackpot, the richest lottery prize in US history. He elected to take his winnings in a lump sum instead of annual installments, and will get over $80 million after taxes.    (AP, 3/7/07)(AP, 3/8/07)
  • 2007, Aug 24;, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick admitted he participated in an illegal dogfighting operation and was suspended indefinitely by the National Football League.[Ref]    (Reuters, 8/24/07)
  • 2007, Aug 29;  Richard Jewell, the former security guard who was wrongly linked to the 1996 Olympic bombing, was found dead in his west Georgia home; he was 44.    (AP, 8/29/08)
  • 2007, Oct 20;  With water supplies rapidly shrinking during a drought of historic proportions, Gov. Sonny Perdue declared a state of emergency for the northern third of Georgia and asked President Bush to declare it a major disaster area. The 38,000-acre Lake Lanier reservoir, which supplies more than 3 million residents with water, was down to 3 months from depletion.    (AP, 10/20/07)(SSFC, 10/21/07, p.A3)
  • 2007, Nov 16; US federal biologists signed off on a plan to reduce the flow of water from Lake Lanier, Atlanta’s main water source, as the southeast contends with a historic drought.    (WSJ, 11/17/07, p.A1)
  • 2008, Jan 16; In Georgia 2 off-duty DeKalb County police officers were killed in what appeared to be an ambush at an apartment complex in what residents described as a high-crime neighborhood.    (AP, 1/16/08)
  • 2008, Feb 5; A US Court of Appeals rejected a decision giving Georgia a quarter of Lake Lanier’s capacity over the coming decades. It said such changes require congressional approval. Alabama and Florida had challenged the initial 2003 agreement.    (WSJ, 2/6/08, p.A10)
  • 2008, Feb 7; In Port Wentworth, Georgia, an explosion and fire at a sugar refinery owned by Imperial Sugar, based in Sugar Land, Texas, left 11 people dead. Imperial had acquired Savannah Foods & Industries, the producer of Dixie Crystals, in 1997. The acquisition doubled the size of the company, making it the largest processor and refiner of sugar in the US.    (AP, 2/8/08)(SFC, 2/11/08, p.A10)(AP, 2/24/08)
  • 2008, Mar 14; A tornado his downtown Atlanta, Georgia, and left 27 people injured. Workers cleaning debris found one dead body on March 22.    (SSFC, 3/23/08, p.A3)
  • 2008, Mar 27; In Columbus, Georgia, Charles Johnston (63) stormed a hospital and killed 3 people including a nurse he blamed for his mother’s death in 2004. Johnston was wounded and taken into custody.    (SFC, 3/29/08, p.A2)
  • 2008, May 6; In Georgia William Earl Lynd (53) was executed for the murder of his live-in girlfriend. He was the first inmate executed since the Supreme Court upheld lethal injections on April 16.    (SFC, 5/7/08, p.A2)
  • 2008, May 10; A tornado rumbled through Picher, Okla., killing at least 7 people. The same storm system then moved into southwest Missouri, where tornadoes killed at least 15 others. The storms moved eastward and killed at least one person the next day in Georgia.    (AP, 5/11/08)(SFC, 5/12/08, p.A2)
  • 2008, Aug 29; US banking regulators shut down Integrity Bancshares Inc. of Alpharetta, Ga., and sold all deposits to Regions Financial Corp. of Birmingham, Ala. This marked the 10th US bank to fail this year.    (WSJ, 8/30/08, p.B3)
  • 2008, Dec 19; In Atlanta, Georgia, one worker died and at least 18 others were injured when a walkway being built collapsed at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.    (SFC, 12/20/08, p.A2)
  • 2009, Jan 14; In Atlanta, Georgia, a federal appeals court upheld the state’s voter ID law.    (WSJ, 1/30/09, p.A13)
  • 2009, Jan. 20; Barack Obama becomes the 44th President of the United States
  • 2009, Apr 27; Five members of the US Congress were arrested while protesting the expulsion of aid groups from Darfur in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, DC. The included Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, John Lewis of Georgia, Donna Edwards of Maryland and Lynn Woolsey of California.    (AP, 4/27/09)
  • 2009, Apr 29, The WHO raised its alert for swine flu from level 4 to level 5, its 2nd highest alert level. Austria and Germany confirmed cases of swine flu, becoming the third and fourth European countries hit by the disease. US health officials reported that a 23-month-old child in Texas has died from the disease. The World Health Organization called an emergency meeting to consider its pandemic alert level. (AP, 4/29/09)(SFC, 4/30/09, p.A8)
  • 2009, Jun 15; Georgia’s Supreme Court ordered Expedia Inc. and its subsidiary to collect and pay hotel occupancy taxes to the west Georgia city of Columbus in a possible precedent for cities across the country.    (SFC, 6/17/09, p.C1)
  • 2009, Aug 12; In Atlanta, Georgia, Ehsanul Islam (23) was convicted of aiding terrorist groups by sending videotapes of US landmarks overseas and plotting to support “violent jihad." He faced a maximum of 60 years in prison.    (SFC, 8/13/09, p.A4)
  • 2009, Sep 22; In Georgia washed-out roads and flooded interstate highways around Atlanta added to the misery after days of torrential rain in the Southeast claimed at least eight lives. (AP, 9/22/09)
  • 2009, Aug 13; Pres. Barack Obama awarded Joseph Lowery the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. (AP, 3/27/20)[Ref]
  • 2009, Sep 25; US regulators shut down Atlanta-based Georgian Bank, the 95th US bank to fail this year as loan defaults rise in the worst financial climate in decades.    (AP, 9/25/09)


2010 - 2019


  • 2010, Jun 2; Georgia’s Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a comprehensive transport bill. It divided the state into 12 regions and gave each one the power to decide on its own transport projects.    (Econ, 6/19/10, p.33)
  • 2010, Oct 11; The San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 at Turner Field to clinch the National League Championship Series.    (SFC, 10/12/10, p.A1)
  • 2010, Nov 23; In Atlanta, Georgia, Amador Cortes-Meza (36) of Mexico was convicted on federal charges of orchestrating a sex trafficking scheme in which prosecutors say he lured impoverished young Mexican women to the Atlanta area with false promises of better lives, high-paying jobs and even hints of romance. He was accused of bringing at least 10 women to the area between spring 2006 and June 2008.    (AP, 11/24/10)
  • 2011, Mar 22; In Georgia officer Elmer Christian was shot and killed as he tried to apprehend Jamie Hood (33) in connection with a carjacking and kidnapping in West Athens. Hood released 5 hostages and was arrested on March 25 in an operation that was broadcast live.    (SSFC, 3/27/11, p.A14)
  • 2011, Apr 5, Storms pummeled the US South with tornadoes. At least 8 people were reported killed in the Carolinas, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.(SFC, 4/6/11, p.A11)
  • 2011, Apr 15; Storms marched into Tennessee, Louisiana and later into Georgia. At least three twisters touched down in Mississippi, where a state of emergency was declared in 14 counties, causing widespread damage.    (AP, 4/16/11)
  • 2011, Apr 27; Dozens of tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system wiped out neighborhoods across a wide swath of the South, killing at least 350 people in the deadliest outbreak in nearly 40 years. Alabama had 254 deaths, 34 in Mississippi, 34 in Tennessee, 15 in Georgia, 8 in Arkansas, 5 in Virginia and one in Kentucky.    (AP, 4/28/11)(AP, 4/29/11)(AFP, 4/30/11)
  • 2011, Apr 28; Pres. Obama declared a major disaster in Alabama. Declarations for Mississippi followed on April 29, Georgia on April 30, and soon followed for Tennessee and Arkansas.    (Econ, 5/7/11, p.28)
  • 2011, May 13; Georgia’s Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 87, a new immigration bill, into law. On June 14 He proposed that unemployed probationers be given the jobs that migrants would have typically filled.    (Econ, 6/18/11, p.37)(
  • 2011, Jul 5; Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said award-winning gains by Atlanta students were based on widespread cheating by 178 named teachers and principals. His office released a report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that named 178 teachers and principals – 82 of whom confessed – in what's likely the biggest cheating scandal in US history.    (
  • 2011, Jul 15; In Atlanta, Georgia, security guard Nkosi Thandiwe (22) opened fire on 3 women in a parking garage killing one and wounding two. He was arrested and charged with murder.    (SFC, 7/16/11, p.A5)
  • 2011, Oct 23; In Georgia Christopher Michael Hodges (26), a Tennessee National Guardsman training at the Fort Gordon military post, shot and killed sheriff's deputy James D. Paugh (47), then committed suicide on the side of the Bobby Jones Expressway. Hodges appeared to be drunk and was said to be firing at passing cars.    (AP, 10/23/11)(SFC, 10/24/11, p.A6)
  • 2011, Oct 26; In Atlanta, Georgia, helicopters hovered overhead as officers in riot gear arrested more than 50 Occupy Atlanta protesters at a downtown park.    (AP, 10/29/11)
  • 2011, Nov 1; US federal authorities arrested four Georgia men, Frederick Thomas (73), Dan Roberts (67), Ray H. Adams (65) and Samuel J. Crump (68), accused of plotting to buy explosives and produce a deadly biological toxin to attack fellow citizens and government officials.    (Reuters, 11/1/11)
  • 2011, Nov 8; Georgia voters in 105 of 127 voted to end a century-old ban on the sale of alcohol on Sundays.     (SFC, 11/12/11, p.A8)
  • 2012, Jan 29; Georgia’s House of Representatives unanimously passed a criminal-justice reform bill that revised sentencing laws to keep non-violent drug and property offenders out of prison. The state Senate did the same and Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed it into law.    (Econ, 2/2/13, p.24)
  • 2012, Feb 6; Georgia’s top court struck down a state law that restricted assisted suicides.    (SFC, 2/7/12, p.A9)
  • 2012, Feb 9; The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 4-1 to grant a license to build two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in eastern Georgia.    (SFC, 2/10/12, p.A9)(Econ, 2/18/12, p.34)
  • 2012, Mar 2; A string of violent storms scratched away small towns in the South and Midwest as an early season tornado outbreak left 39 people in 5 states, including 14 in Indiana, 19 in Kentucky, 3 in Ohio and one each in Alabama and Georgia.    (AP, 3/3/12)(, 3/5/12, p.A9)
  • 2012, May 16; The new $1.4 billion Int’l. Air terminal opened at Hartsfeld-Jackson Atlanta Int’l. Airport.    (SFC, 5/16/12, p.A8)
  • 2012, Sep 13; A Ku Klux Klan chapter sued the state of Georgia for rejecting the white supremacist group's application to "adopt" a stretch of highway.    (Reuters, 9/13/12)
  • 2012, Nov 14; Voestalpine Metal Forming, a division of an Austrian steel company, broke ground on a $62 million facility in Bartown County, Georgia. Tax credits and incentives helped close the deal.    (Econ, 4/27/13, p.27)
  • 2012, Dec 11; Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair (28) and Randy Lamar Wilson (25) were charged with conspiring to kill persons or damage property outside the US. FBI agents arrested Wilson at the Atlanta airport as he boarded a flight to Mauritania. Abukhdair was arrested at a bus station in Augusta. On April 19 Wilson pleaded guilty in Mobile, Ala., to one charge of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. On Dec 20, 2013, both men were sentenced to 15 years in prison.    (SFC, 12/12/12, p.A5)(SFC, 4/19/13, p.A4)(SFC, 12/20/13, p.A6)
  • 2012, Dec 21; A judge in Atlanta, Georgia, suspended a state law banning abortions for women who are more than 20 weeks pregnant.    (SFC, 12/25/12, p.A8)
  • 2013, Jan 30; A massive storm in the southeast US left at least 2 people dead in Georgia.    (SFC, 1/31/13, p.A5)
  • 2014, Jan 8; Former Georgia banker Aubrey Lee Price (47) pleaded not guilty to stealing millions from investors before vanishing for 18 months. Prosecutors said he misspent, embezzled and lost some $21 million.    (SFC, 1/9/14, p.A40)
  • 2014, Jan 28; A rare blast of snow, sleet and ice hit the US South, prompting schools to close, airlines to cancel flights and emergency officials to warn of icy roads. Forecasters predicted 1 to 2 inches of snow in parts of middle and north Georgia including the Atlanta area, prompting dozens of school closings. In Mississippi 4 people were killed in a fire in a mobile home blamed on a faulty space heater.    (Reuters, 1/28/14)(SFC, 1/30/14, p.A8)
  • 2014, Jun 6; In Georgia Dennis Marx, wielding an assault rifle and explosives, opened fire outside a courthouse in Cumming. He wounded a deputy before he was killed in a shootout.    (SFC, 6/7/14, p.A5)
  • 2014, Jun 23; In Atlanta, Ga., the new $75 million National Center for Civil and Human Rights opened.    (SFC, 6/24/14, p.A6)
  • 2015, Apr 1; In Atlanta, Georgia, eleven former educators were convicted of racketeering charges for their roles in a public schools cheating scandal.    (SFC, 4/2/15, p.A6)
  • 2015, Apr 22; A fiery interstate crash left 5 nursing students dead in Georgia. In 2016 Louisiana truck driver John Wayne Johnson (56) pleaded guilty nine counts including five counts of first-degree vehicular manslaughter and was sentenced to five years in prison.    (, 7/15/16, p.A6)
  • 2015, Aug 14;A US court hearing on the fate of 18 beluga whales captured in Russia pitted federal regulators against the Georgia aquarium seeking to bring them to the US.    (Reuters, 8/14/15)
  • 2015, Aug 15; Julian Bond (b.1940) former Georgia state Representative and Senator, died in Florida. He helped start the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee. In 1998 he was elected chairman of the NAACP and served for ten years.    (SFC, 8/17/15, p.A12)
  • 2016, May 14; In the US state of Georgia 5 people were found dead in a house fire in Colquitt County. Investigators later said the 5 people had been shot dead and the blaze was set to cover up the crimes. Jeffrey Alan Peacock (25) was later arrested for murder and arson.    (SFC, 5/21/16, p.A5)
  • 2016, Oct 9; Almost 2.2 million homes and businesses were without power morning after Hurricane Matthew pummeled Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina with heavy rain and wind. (Reuters, 10/9/16) Over 250,000 customers were left without power in Georgia after Hurricane Matthew affected the area. Roads were also blocked in the Brunswick, Georgia, area, where all access points to St. Simons Island were rendered impassable.[Ref]
  • 2016, Nov 18, In Georgia US Marshall Patrick Carothers (53) died after being shot twice while trying to serve a warrant to Dontrell Montese Carter in rural Long County. Other officers returned fire killing Carter, who was wanted on charges of attempted murder of police officers.    (SFC, 11/19/16, p.A6)
  • 2016, Nov 29; US President-elect Donald Trump nominated Tom Price as health secretary, indicating he plans to fulfill a campaign promise to tear up the divisive healthcare reform law. The congressman from Georgia and former orthopedic surgeon has been a fierce Obamacare critic.    (AFP, 11/29/16)
  • 2017, Jan 2; A powerful storm across the US south left four people dead when a tree fell on their mobile home in Rehobeth, Alabama. A woman in Georgia and a man in Florida were also killed.    (SFC, 1/3/17, p.A4)(SFC, 1/4/17, p.A12)
  • 2017, Jan 22; In Georgia (US) 14 people died in weekend tornadoes and thunderstorms, with seven dying in Cook County in the southern part of the state.    (Reuters, 1/23/17)
  • 2017, Mar 10; The US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled 2-1 that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 doesn’t protect against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.    (SFC, 3/14/17, p.A8)
  • 2017, Mar 30; In Atlanta, Ga., a fire caused a portion of I-85 to collapse. Basil Eleby was arrested the next day in connection with the fire.    (SSFC, 4/2/17, p.A5)
  • 2017, May 7; Emergency officials in south Georgia’s Charlton County ordered a mandatory evacuation for all of St, George and Moniac as a wildfire, sparked by lightning on April 6 in the Okefenokee Swamp, grew close.    (SFC, 5/9/17, p.A12)
  • 2017, May 11; Atlanta’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the heroin epidemic is driving up hepatitis C infections. New infections had tripled in five years to about 2,400 in 2015.    (SFC, 5/11/17, p.A5)
  • 2017, May 27; Gregg Allman, Southern Rock singer and organist of the Allman Brothers Band, died at his home in Savannah, Ga.    (SSFC, 5/28/17, p.C9)
  • 2017, Aug 7; Chantek (39), a male orangutan, died at Zoo Atlanta. He was among the first apes to learn sign language, could clean his room and memorized the way to a fast-food restaurant.    (Reuters, 8/8/17)
  • 2017, Sep 11; Florida and Georgia state officials and utilities said about 5.8 million homes and businesses have lost power due to Hurricane Irma.    (Reuters, 9/11/17)
  • 2017, Dec 17; A fire caused an 11-hour power outage at Atlanta’s airport in Georgia leading to the cancellation of more than 1,500 flights.    (SFC, 12/20/17, p.A5)
  • 2017, Dec 29; Architect and real estate developer John Portman (b.1924) died in Atlanta. He had revolutionized hotel designs with soaring futuristic atriums. His work included the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco, the Peachtree Center in Atlanta and the Renaissance Center in Detroit. His work also transformed Asian skylines from Shanghai to Mumbai.    (SSFC, 12/31/17, p.C9)
  • 2018, Oct 10; Category 4 Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle and charged into Georgia leaving at least three people dead. By Oct. 28 the death toll over the storm's path from Florida to Virginia reached 45 with 35 dead in Florida.    (AP, 10/10/18)(SFC, 10/11/18, p.A6)(SFC, 10/12/18, p.A5)(SFC, 10/29/18, p.A5)
  • 2019, Feb 3; In Atlanta the New England Patriots won their sixth title by lumbering their way to a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Superbowl LIII.    (AP, 2/4/19)
  • 2019, Jul 17, Georgia police found Jerrica Spellman (29) and her children, including an infant girl, stabbed in a Columbus apartment late today. They charged her live-in boyfriend, Travane Brandon Jackson (27), with four counts of murder.    (AP, 7/18/19)
  • 2019, Sep 8; The US Coast Guard said rescuers are looking for four crew members who are unaccounted for after a vessel overturned near a Georgia port. The Golden Ray cargo ship carrying 4,200 vehicles ran into trouble early today when it listed heavily in St. Simon Sound. Oil from the ship soon reached several parts of the Georgia coastline.    (AP, 9/8/19)(SFC, 9/25/19, p.A5)
  • 2019, Oct 3; US scientists said more than 45 million people across 14 Southern states are now in the midst of what’s being called a “flash drought" that’s cracking farm soil, drying up ponds and raising the risk of wildfires. The weekly US Drought Monitor report showed extreme drought conditions in parts of Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and the Florida panhandle.    (AP, 10/3/19)
  • 2019, Oct 7; Oprah Winfrey announced she would give $13 million to her scholarship program at Morehouse College -- a private, historically black men's college in Atlanta, Georgia. (Good Morning America, 10/9/19) (AP, 10/20/19)
  • 2019, Dec 4; Georgia's Rep. Gov. Brian Kemp formally announced his selection of Kelly Loeffler, pushing aside intense criticism from hard-core Trump advocates who wanted Kemp to appoint Rep. Doug Collins, one of Trump’s staunchest defenders in Congress.    (AP, 12/4/19)


2020 - 2020


  • 2020, Mar 11; The US state of Georgia has 23 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) so far.    (AP, 3/11/20)
  • 2020, Mar 15; In Georgia seven people were dead after a shooting incident initially reported as a murder-suicide in Moncure, Chatham County. The victims included the suspected shooter.    (Charlotte Observer, 3/16/20)
  • 2020, Mar 20; American country singer Kenny Rogers (81) died in Sandy Springs, Georgia. During his six-decade, genre-hopping career, Rogers released 65 albums and sold more than 165 million records. (Reuters, 3/21/20)(
  • 2020, Mar 27; Civil rights leader and MLK aide Rev. Joseph E. Lowery (98) died in Atlanta. In In 2009, Pres. Barack Obama awarded Lowery the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.    (AP, 3/27/20)
  • 2020, Apr 6; CVS Health Corp launched two new drive-through COVID-19 testing sites in Georgia and Rhode Island using testing equipment made by Abbott Laboratories, with up to four more locations to follow.    (AP, 4/6/20)
  • 2020, Apr 13; Severe weather swept across the southern US overnight, killing more than 30 people and damaging hundreds of homes from Louisiana into the Appalachian Mountains. Eleven people were killed in Mississippi. Nine people died in South Carolina. Coroners said eight were killed in Georgia. Tennessee officials said three people were killed in and around Chattanooga, and others died under falling trees or inside collapsed buildings in Arkansas and North Carolina.    (AP, 4/13/20)(AP, 4/13/20)
  • 2020, Apr 20; The governors of Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee said they would start relaxing restrictions intended to curb the spread of the virus.(NY Times, 4/21/20)

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Roswell, GA Weather Information

Monthly average highs and low temperatures and the average amount of precipitation for Roswell, GA.
Data from Alpharetta 4 SSW Weather station, 3.87 miles from Roswell.

Month Jan. Feb. March April May June July Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Annual
Avg. High 49.9 ° 55.2 ° 63.3 ° 71.3 ° 77.9 ° 84.3 ° 87.5 ° 86.3 ° 81.1 ° 71.8 ° 62.4 ° 53.4 ° 70.4 °
Avg. Low 29.1 ° 31.9 ° 38.3 ° 45.3 ° 54.4 ° 62.0 ° 66.8 ° 66.1 ° 60.0 ° 47.2 ° 38.6 ° 31.6 ° 47.6 °
Mean 39.5 ° 43.6 ° 50.8 ° 58.3 ° 66.2 ° 73.2 ° 77.2 ° 76.2 ° 70.6 ° 59.5 ° 50.5 ° 42.5 ° 59.0 °
Avg. Prec. 5.34 in 4.78 in 5.52 in 4.04 in 4.63 in 3.66 in 4.17 in 4.32 in 3.87 in 3.58 in 3.73 in 4.18 in 51.82 in

The climate in Roswell, GA, climate is hot during summer when temperatures tend to be in the upper 80´s and cool to cold during winter when temperatures tend to be in the low 40´s. The yearly mean is 59.0 ° Fahrenheit.

The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 87.5 ° Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 29.1 ° Fahrenheit.

The annual average precipitation at Roswell is 51.82 inches. Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest period of the year is in March with an average rainfall of 5.52 inches while the driest month is June with an average rainfall of 3.66 inches.

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Historical Weather data

The climate in Roswell is warm during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 80's with high humidity and cool during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 40's with occasional periods of colder weather with temperatures dropping in to the teens or even single digits. Temperature variations between night and day tend to be moderate year round. The difference during the summer can be as much as 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and during winter an average difference of 22 degrees Fahrenheit.

Climate Classification:

The climate in Roswell, GA, is classified as humid subtropical climate (Cfa) by the Köppen-Geiger system.

Humid subtropical climate; coldest month averaging above 0 °C (32 °F) (or −3 °C (27 °F)), at least one month's average temperature above 22 °C (71.6 °F), and at least four months averaging above 10 °C (50 °F). No significant precipitation difference between seasons (neither abovementioned set of conditions fulfilled). No dry months in the summer. [Ref]

GA Notable Severe Weather Events

“The climate in Georgia varies, seasonally, and annually. Contrasting conditions may coexist; for example, in 1988 northern Georgia had less than normal precipitation and southern Georgia had greater than normal precipitation. Georgia's climate is affected in the winter by continental high-pressure systems, which move frontal systems through the State, and in the summer by the Bermuda High, which frequently directs humid, maritime air inland. The largest floods generally are caused by hurricanes. Two hurricanes over the coastal area during the late 1800's are considered to be the most destructive in the history of Georgia. In the 20th century, major floods of streams in large parts of the State occurred in 1916, 1919, 1925, 1929, 1936, 1940, 1947, and 1948. Other floods were of similar magnitude but of less areal extent. The most notable flood of this century, which resulted in 39 deaths, was caused by a dam break on Toccoa Creek near Toccoa in 1977. Droughts do not have the immediate effects of floods, but sustained droughts can cause economic stress on a large region. The droughts of 1903-05, 1924-27, 1930-35, 1938-14, 1950-57, 1968-71, 1980-82, and 1985-89 were monitored by the streamflow-gaging-station network in Georgia. During 1986 in northern Georgia, streamflow's were at or near the lowest of this century.”[7]

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Drought Severity Classification


Category Description Possible Impacts Palmer Drought Index CPC Soil
Moisture Model
USGS Weekly Streamflow
Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) Objective Short and Long-term Drought Indicator Blends (Percentiles)
D0 Abnormally
Going into drought: short-term dryness slowing planting, growth of crops or pastures. Coming out of drought: some lingering water deficits;  pastures or crops not fully recovered -1.0 to -1.9 21-30 21-30F -0.5 to -0.7 21-30
D1 Moderate Drought Some damage to crops, pastures; streams, reservoirs, or wells low, some water shortages developing or imminent; voluntary water-use restrictions requested -2.0 to -2.9 11-20 11-20 -0.8 to -1.2 11-20
D2 Severe
Crop or pasture losses likely;  water shortages common; water restrictions imposed -3.0 to -3.9 6-10 6-10 -1.3 to -1.5 6-10
D3 Extreme Drought Major crop/pasture losses;  widespread water shortages or restrictions -4.0 to -4.9 3-5 3-5 -1.6 to -1.9 3-5
D4 Exceptional Drought Exceptional and widespread crop/pasture losses; shortages of water in reservoirs, streams, and wells creating water emergencies -5.0 or less 0-2 0-2 -2.0 or less 0-2

  • The 1903-05 drought was the earliest record ed severe drought in Georgia. In 1904, the U.S. Weather Bureau (1904, p. 4) reported that levels in streams and wells were the lowest in several years. Many localities had to conserve water for stock and machinery and many factories were forced to close or operate at half capacity.
  • The drought of 1924-27 was most severe in the Altamaha, Chattahoochee, and Coosa River basins, and in north-central Georgia. The U.S. Weather Bureau (1925, p. 49-50) reported: The drought was especially severe during the latter part of July, August, and September and the rivers in many places reached the lowest stages ever known. The scarcity of water had a profound influence on industrial and agricultural conditions in Georgia.
  • The severity of the 1930-35 drought exceeded a 25-year recurrence interval in central and southwestern Georgia and affected much of the United States. In extreme northern and southeastern Georgia, the recurrence interval was 10-25 years; in coastal Georgia and the Savannah and Ogeechee River basins, however, the recurrence interval was less than 10 years. The recurrence interval is the average time between droughts of a given severity. In a drought with a 25-year recurrence interval, the low streamflows occur, on average, once every 25 years.
  • The 1938-44 drought affected much of the same area as the 1930-35 drought. In the upper Coosa and Chattahoochee River basins, the recurrence interval exceeded 50 years, and in much of central and southern Georgia, it exceeded 25 years. In the Savannah and Ogeechee River basins and in extreme northern and southwestern Georgia, the drought had recurrence intervals of 10-25 years.
  • The 1950-57 drought was most severe in southern Georgia, with most streamflows having recurrence intervals exceeding 25 years. In northeastern Georgia, the drought severity also exceeded the 25-year recurrence interval. In northwestern Georgia, the recurrence interval of the drought was between 10 and 25 years.
  • 1968-71: Drought affecting the southern, central, and northwestern parts of State, severity extremely variable areally.
  • The 1980-82 drought resulted in the lowest streamflows since 1954 in most areas, and the lowest streamflows since 1925 in some areas (Carter, 1983, p. 2). Recurrence intervals of 10-25 years were common in most of Georgia. Pool levels at four major reservoirs receded to the lowest levels since first filling. Groundwater levels in many observation wells were lower than previously observed. Nearly continuous declines were recorded in some wells for as long as 20 consecutive months, and water levels remained below previous record lows for as long as nine consecutive months.
  • Streamflows during the 1985-89 drought in northern Georgia were near the lowest of the 1900's. By 1988, the drought had reached recurrence intervals of 50-100 years in extreme northern Georgia, 10-25 years in central Georgia, and less than 10 years in southern Georgia. Water-supply shortages occurred in Georgia in 1986. Shortages first occurred in a few Atlanta Selected rivers in Georgia.

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Enhanced Fujita Scale


The following statistics where compiled from "The Tornado Project" for the time period of 1950-05-30 - 2014-12-29.

Intensity Number Fatalities
F0 411 4
F1 687 9
F2 304 43
F3 70 96
F4 11 101
F5 1 25

Between 05/30/1950 - 12/29/2014 Georgia has had 1486 tornadoes killing 278 people and injuring 4631 people. The longest path for a tornado in the state occurred on April 18, 1969 when a F2 tornado touched down near Donalsonville, GA. This tornado then moved northeast for 217.8 miles before lifting near Midway, GA. The deadliest tornado in this time period occurred on April 27, 2011 when a F4 Tornadoes struck Ringgold killing 8 and injuring 30. [Source 1] [Source 2]


  • 1924, April 30: The April 1924 tornado outbreak affected Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia. The most severe damage during this outbreak was seen in parts of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia on April 30. A tornado, estimated as an F2, damage the town of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and killed one. A F4 passed through Macon, Georgia, sweeping away a few homes, damaging an industrial area, and killing 3. At 1:30 pm, an F3 struck south of Pine Mountain, in Harris County, GA, killing 10. There were 25 fatalities across Georgia caused by this tornado outbreak. During the 3 day outbreak there were a total of 110 deaths and 1,133 injuries in the affected states. Seven were killed at school in Horrell Hill, South Carolina.[Ref]
  • 1936, April 6: An F4 tornado landed in Hall County southwest of Gainesville and began to destroy homes and infrastructure as it moved northeast. A second funnel was spotted west of the city moving almost due east. At 8:27 the funnel paths met in downtown Gainesville, GA. More than 1600 people were injured in Gainesville and throughout Hall County and more than 750 houses were damaged or destroyed. For more on the Gainesville tornado visit A Time to Mourn by Larry Worthy.
  • 1956, April 14 - 15; The 1956 McDonald Chapel tornado took place during the afternoon of April 15, 1956, across the Greater Birmingham area in Jefferson County, with damaged most severe in McDonald Chapel, northeast of the Birmingham. Retroactively rated an F4 on the Fujita scale, which was not invented until 1971, the tornado killed 25 people and injured 200 others. The Total damage in the Pleasant Grove area reached $1.5 million. On April 14, there were F1 tornadoes in Michigan (one), Kansas (one) and Texas (one). On April 15, a F2 tornado tracked from Dallas to Cumming, Georgia, damaging about 25 homes.[Ref]
  • 1957, April 2-5; The April 1957 Dallas tornado outbreak struck most of the Southern United States from April 2 to April 5, 1957, producing 57 tornadoes. Twenty-one (21) people were killed by this outbreak in four states, 1 in Mississippi, 2 in Georgia, 6 in Oklahoma and 12 in Texas. On April 2, a F3 tornado hit a densely populated area of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, killing 10 people and injuring 200 or more. The states affected by the Early-April 1957 tornado outbreak sequence were Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
  • 1975, January 10; The Great Storm of 1975 (also known as the Super Bowl Blizzard, Minnesota's Storm of the Century, or the Tornado Outbreak of January, 1975) was an intense storm system that impacted a large portion of the Central and Southeast United States from January 9 to January 12, 1975. The storm produced 45 tornadoes in the Southeast U.S. resulting in 12 fatalities, while later dropping over 2 feet (61 cm) of snow and killing 58 people in the Midwest. This storm remains one of the worst blizzards to ever strike parts of the Midwest, as well as one of the largest January tornado outbreaks on record in the United States A total of 7 tornadoes struck Mississippi on January 10, 1975. An F4 tornado moving from southwest of McComb, MS, to southwest of Pinola, MS, caused 9 deaths and 210 injuries. Tornadoes also struck Alabama (1 death), Arkansas, Florida (1 death), Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana (1 death), North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas. [15]
  • 1974, April 3: A F4 tornado hit 23.3 miles away from the Roswell city center killed 6 people and injured 30 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.
  • 1992, Nov. 21-23; The November 1992 tornado outbreak struck large parts of the eastern and Midwestern. The storm spawned 95 tornadoes, 6 of them F4s. There were 26 fatalities and 641 injuries in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. The tornado outbreak began on November 21 with a cluster of 6 tornadoes (ranging from F1 to F4) intensities that struck parts of the Houston, TX, area. There were 12 fatalities and 122 Injuries on Nov. 21, when devastating, long-tracked (128 miles), violent F4 tornado began near Hopewell, MS, and moved northeast and ending west of Sherwood. During this outbreak, there were 10 confirmed tornadoes in Georgia resulting in 6 deaths.[Ref][S-2]
    • 1992, November 22: A F 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 11.1 miles away from the Roswell city center injured 46 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.
  • 2001, November 23-24: The Arkansas-Mississippi-Alabama tornado outbreak affected Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Georgia and Indiana. There were 69 confirmed tornadoes, 3 F4s. This outbreak was responsible for 13 deaths, 4 in Arkansas, 4 in Alabama and 5 in Mississippi.
  • 2007, February 28 - March 1 - The February-March 2007 Tornado Outbreak affected Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Illinois, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. There were 55 confirmed tornadoes, 3 EF3s and 3 EF4s with 19 fatalities. An EF4 struck the Enterprise, Alabama, high school killing 9 and injuring 50. One person was also killed in Millers Ferry, Alabama by an EF4. 1 person was killed in Caulfield, Missouri. In Georgia there was 1 Death and 4 Injuries in Reynolds, 2 Deaths and 11 Injuries in Americus and 6 Deaths 3 Injuries in the Newton area.[Ref]
  • 2008, March 14-15: The 2008 Atlanta tornado outbreak Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. There were 45 confirmed tornadoes, with 3 EF3s. On Friday, March 14, 2008, an EF2 struck the downtown Atlanta Area, damaging the CNN Center, the Georgia World Congress Center the Georgia Dome, Philips Arena, Ritz Carlton, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Georgia-Pacific Building, SunTrust Tower, Equitable Building, Georgia State University and other downtown businesses. Fortunately only one death was caused by this tornado. On March 15, an EF3 hit in the Aragon, Georgia area, killing two.
  • 2009, February 10-11: The February 2009 tornado outbreak affected Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky, Michigan, Iowa, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. There were 15 confirmed tornadoes, one EF4. The EF4 struck SE of Grady, Oklahoma killing 8 people.
  • 2010, April 22-24; The Tornado outbreak of April 22–25, originally starting in the High Plains on April 22, 2010 and continuing through the Southern Plains on April 23, and the Mississippi and Tennessee Valleys on April 24. The most severe activity was on April 24, particularly in Mississippi. There were a total of 88 tornadoes, 56 EF0, 17 EF1, 9 EF2 4 EF3 and 2 EF4. On April 24, a tornado peaked at EF4 with maximum winds around 170 mph and a maximum width of 1.75 miles. On the south side of Yazoo City, several buildings, including a church and several businesses, were totally destroyed. In Mississippi, there were 10 fatalities and 131 injured. [Ref 1] [Ref 2]
  • 2011, April 4-5: The April 2011 derecho and tornado outbreak affected Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina and Maryland. "derecho" is Spanish: meaning straight. There were 46 confirmed tornadoes, 6 EF 2s. There were 9 fatalities. An EF2 in struck a mobile home near Eastman, Georgia, killing one and injuring two others.
  • 2011, April 14-16: The April 14-16, 2011 tornado outbreak affected Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. There were 162 confirmed tornadoes, 14 EF3s and 43 fatalities.
  • 2011, April 25-28; The 2011 Super Outbreak affected the Southern, Midwestern, and Northeastern United States. It was the largest, costliest, and one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks ever recorded. The 317 fatalities on April 27, was the highest number of tornado-related fatalities in the United States in a single day since the "Tri-State" outbreak on March 18, 1925 when at least 747 people were killed. The outbreak produced 15 violent (EF4-EF5) tornadoes all on April 27. During the four days, 348 people were killed as a result of the outbreak, which includes 324 tornado-related deaths across six states (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia) and an additional 24 fatalities caused by other thunderstorm-related events such as straight-line winds, hail, flash flooding or lightning. The 2011 Super Outbreak affected Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. There were 334 confirmed tornadoes, 22 EF3s, 11 EF4s and 4 EF5s. There were 328 fatalities, 237 in Alabama, 6 in Arkansas, 14 in Georgia, 31 in Mississippi, 32 in Tennessee, and 4 in Virigina. There were 238 fatalities in Alabama, 32 in Tennessee, 31 in Mississippi, 14 in Georgia, 5 in Arkansas and 4 in Virginia. One of the longest-lived tornadoes on record, an EF5 traveled 132 mi (212 km) across northwest Alabama, devastating Hackleburg and other communities, killing 72 people. In total there were 324 deaths and over 3,200 injuries.[Ref] On April 27, 2011 an EF4 Tornadoes struck Ringgold killing 8 and injuring 30. [Source 1] [Source 2]
  • 2011, Nov 14-16; The tornado outbreak of November 14–16, 2011 was a relatively small but deadly tornado outbreak. The outbreak produced a total of 23 tornadoes, 6 EF0, 10 EF1 and 7 EF2. The outbreak affected Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. On March 16, an EF2 damaged dozens of homes and businesses in Auburn, Alabama. Damage was also reported on the Auburn University campus, where a veterinary school was damaged and two horses were fatally injured. The tornado crossed into Georgia where damage occurred to numerous homes, the Harris County School Complex, the county's 911 center, and several other structures. Three people were injured. Two deaths were caused by an EF2, east of Linwood, North Carolina and 3 deaths occurred south west of Rock Hill, South Carolina. [Ref]

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Hurricanes / Tropical cyclone


Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
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  • 1881, Aug. 27: A deadly hurricane hit the Georgia coast killing an estimated 700 people and leaving an unknown number homeless.
  • 1893, Aug 27-28: A major hurricane hit the Georgia and the South Carolina coasts drowning 1,000 to 2,500 people and leaving more than 30,000 homeless.
  • 1898, Aug 31: The last Category 3 hurricane to hit Georgia struck Savannah, killing an estimated 179 people
  • Although no major hurricanes made direct hits on Georgia during the 1900's, four minor hurricanes did make direct hits near Savannah, GA.
    • 1911: A category 2 hurricane hit Savannah, wind gusts of 88 mph and a barometric pressure 29.02 in. Seventeen people where killed.
    • 1940: A category 2 hurricane hit Savannah wind gusts of 90 mph. Fifty people where killed.
    • 1947, Oct 15 - a Category 2 hurricane hit Savannah with wind gusts of 95 mph and a barometric pressure 28.76 in. One person was killed. A B-17 bomber dropped 180lbs of dry ice into the Hurricane off the coast of S Carolina in an experiment to lessen the strength of the storm. After the cloud seeding, the storm changed course to the west and many blamed the cloud seeding experiment for the change in direction. A 12 foot storm surge was reported in Savannah but mass evacuations kept casualties at a minimum.
    • 1979 - Hurricane David, a Category 2 hurricane, hit Savannah. Wind gusts up to 90 mph and a barometric pressure of 28.65 in., no deaths or major damage reported.
  • 1964, Sept 10: Hurricane Dora passed over St. Augustine. Florida on the evening of September 9 with winds reported at 110 miles per hour at landfall. The storm cut a path across the northern part of Florida before finally making a track to the northeast on September 12. As it moved into southwestern Georgia, Dora was downgraded to a tropical storm before moving back over Georgia and into South Carolina.
  • 1994, July 4: Tropical Storm Alberto - made landfall in the Florida Panhandle and then moved into western Georgia, where it made a loop July 5-6, dumping 27.61 inches of rain in Americus (21 inches within 24 hours). Alberto's winds and tides did only minor damage to the FL coast, but the excessive rains that fell in Georgia caused catastrophic flooding from Clayton County through central and southwest Georgia to the FL border, resulting in 33 deaths, $500 million in damage and a major disaster declaration for 55 counties.
  • 1995, Oct. 4: Hurricane Opal - after coming ashore in the Florida Panhandle, Opal swept through Georgia with high winds, heavy rain and tornadoes, killing 14 people and resulting in a major disaster declaration for 50 counties.
  • 2005, July; Hurricane Dennis, Category 4, was both the earliest major hurricane and the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever to form before August. The hurricane formed in the Gulf of Mexico on July 4, 2005 and dissipated on July 10, 2005. It affected Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee and the Ohio Valley regions. The hurricane made landfall in the US at Santa Rosa Island, between Pensacola, Florida, and Navarre Beach, Florida, at 2:25 pm CDT (1925 UTC) on July 10. There were a total of 89 fatalities due to the storm, 14 in Florida and 1 in Georgia. [Ref]


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USGC - Flood Mark

  • 1881, Aug; Coastal areas at and south of Savannah. Hurricane. Deaths, 335; damage, $1.5 million.
  • 1893, Aug: Coastal area at Savannah. Hurricane. Deaths, 2,000-2,500; damage, $10 million.
  • 1916, July: Chattahoochee, Coosa, and Flint River basins. Rainfall, 8-21 inches; damage, $2.3 million.
  • 1919, Dec: Upper Chattahoochee River basin. Rainfall, 9-12 inches.
  • 1925, Jan: Central and southern parts of State. Rainfall, 8-11 inches; deaths, 2.
  • 1929, Sept: Savannah and Ogeechee Rivers. Rainfall, 10-18 inches.
  • 1929, Oct Savannah and Ogeechee River basins, central Altamaha River basin. Major flood on the Savannah River. Rainfall, 6-10 inches; damage, $3 million.
  • 1936, Apr: Oconee and Ogeechee River basins. Rainfall, 5-10 inches.
  • 1940, Aug: Coastal area, Ogeechee and Savannah Rivers. Hurricane. Deaths, 25; damage, $850,000.
  • 1947, Oct: Coastal area near Savannah, Hurricane. Damage, $2 million.
  • 1948, Apr: Southern part of State, rainfall, 6-13 inches.
  • 1977, Nov: Toccoa Creek, Dam failure. Deaths, 39; damage, $2.8 million.
    1. Kelly Barnes Dam
    2. 1977 Toccoa Flood Photo Album
    3. The 1977 Toccoa Flood
    4. youtube: Toccoa Falls Dam Failure
  • 1990: February 23: Severe flooding in 38 Georgia Counties.
  • 1990, October 19: Severe flooding in 9 Georgia Counties.
  • 1991, March 19: Severe flooding in 15 Georgia Counties.
  • 1998, March 11: Severe storms, flooding, tornadoes in 119 Georgia Counties.

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Winter Storms


Regional snowfall index (RSI)[Ref-1] [Ref-2]

Category RSI Value Description
1 1—2.999 Notable
2 3—5.99 Significant
3 6—9.99 Major
4 10—17.99 Crippling
5 18.0+ Extreme


  • 1886, Jan 6-11; The January 1886 Blizzard was caused by a strong extratropical cyclone which initially dropped southeast across Texas before strengthening while it moved through the South and East, near the Eastern Seaboard through New England. Across the Texas Panhandle, at least five die due to exposure on January 6. A mix of rain, sleet, and snow fell in Jasper, AL, on January 8 and 9. Savannah, GA, reported a light snowfall for the first time in six years. On January 8, Fort Macon, NC, registered winds up to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h) from the southwest. A significant chunk of arctic air from the north filtered down into the South in the wake of this system. Portions of North Carolina saw temperatures fall well below 0 °F (-18 °C) from Jan 11 through 14, with readings as low at -18 °F (-28 °C) in Wilkes County, NC, on Jan 12.[14]
  • 1899, Feb. 11; The Great Blizzard of 1899 was an unprecedented winter storm that affected the southern United States. Record low temperatures for February were reported across the US. Atlanta, Ga: -9 °F (-23 °C) all-time record low, Fort Logan, MT: -61 °F (-51 °C), Dallas, TX: -8 °F (-22 °C), all-time record low, Gainesville, FL: 6 °F (-14 °C) all-time record low, Harrison, AK: -24 °F (-31 °C), all-time record low, Raleigh, NC: -2 °F (-19 °C), Santuc, SC: -11 °F (-24 °C) and Marienville, PA: -40 °F and C.[11]
  • 1950, Nov. 24 - 30; The Great Appalachian Storm of November 1950 was a large extratropical cyclone that moved through the Eastern United States. The storm caused significant winds, heavy rains east of the Appalachians, and blizzard conditions along the western slopes of the mountain chain. The storm impacted 22 states, killing 353, injuring over 160, and creating US$66.7 million in damage (1950 dollars). All-time record lows for November were set at Asheville, NC, -5 °F (-21 °C), Wilmington, NC, 16 °F (-9 °C), Charleston, SC, (17°F), Greenville, SC, (11°F), Birmingham, AL. 5 °F (-15 °C), Mobile, AL, 22 °F (-6 °C) Montgomery, AL, 13 °F (-11 °C) Atlanta, GA, (-3°F), Columbus, GA, (10°F), Augusta, GA, (11°F), and Savannah, GA (15°F).[13]
  • 1973, Jan. 7; A Severve Ice Strom sticks the Atlanata area. many are with out power for up to 6 days.[12]
  • 1982, Jan 12; Snow Jam! This large, unpredicted snowfall paralyzed Atlanta and surrounding areas. The storm track took the heaviest amount of snow over Atlanta and hit in the afternoon, stranding thousands of commuters. Because this storm struck Atlanta after several days of single digit temperatures, the streets became sheets of ice within minutes.
  • 1993, March 12-13; A low pressure system strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico and move northeast. Known as the Storm of the Century, areas as far south as central Alabama and Georgia received 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) of snow. The Florida Panhandle reported up to 4 inches (10 cm), with hurricane-force wind gusts and record low barometric pressures. Boone, North Carolina, received 33 inches of snow. The final toll for Alabama included 14 deaths due to exposure, and an estimated $50+ million in damages. [16]
  • 2000, January 28; Severe ice storms, freezing rain, damaging wind and severely cold temperatures affecting 45 Georgia Counties. (Photos)
  • 2005, January 9: Ice storm hits Atlanta and North Georgia knocking out power for more than 100,000 people. Two deaths were directly attributed to the storm. Flights in and out of Atlanta's International Airport were affected as the number of runways available for take-offs and landings were reduced from the normal 4 to 1 or 2.
  • 2005, Dec. 15-16; The December 2005 North American ice storm affected a large portion of the Southern United States. One death was reported in Gwinnett County. The ice storm left more than a million people without power in and near the Appalachians, affecting 630,000 customers in Georgia, 358,000 in South Carolina, 328,000 in North Carolina and 13,000 in Virginia.[9].
  • 2006, Nov 20 - Dec 1; The November 2006 nor'easter was a powerful extratropical cyclone that formed offshore of the Southeastern United States on November 20. The storm brought heavy rains, high winds, beach erosion, and coastal flooding to the Carolinas and southern New England. In addition, the earliest snowfall ever noted in both Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia occurred on the southwest side of this cyclone. Over 10,000 were without power during the storm. On Nov 21, extreme southeast Georgia received 5 to 7 inches of snow. In South Carolina, 4.13 inches (105 mm) measured at Chester, and winds gusted to 44 mph (38 knots) at Folly Beach. Heavy rainfall fell throughout central and eastern North Carolina. The Raleigh-Durham International Airport set a record for its wettest November on record. Winds gusted to 70 knots (80 mph) at Alligator River, with numerous gusts above 50 knots (60 mph) throughout the Outer Banks.[18]
  • 2007, Dec 8 - 18; The Mid-December 2007 North American winter storms were a series of winter storms that affected much of central and eastern North America. The systems affected areas from Oklahoma to Newfoundland and Labrador with freezing rain, sleet, snow, damaging winds, blizzard-like conditions, thunderstorms and Tornado in Georgia and Florida. Vinita, Oklahoma reported 1.25 in (3.2 cm) inches of ice, while Spearman, Texas reported up to 0.50 inches. On Dec 15-16, 8 confirmed Tornado were reported in Georgia and Florida resulting in 1 death in GA.[Ref]
  • 2007, Feb. 12-15; The February 2007 North America Winter Storm was a massive winter storm that began on Feb. 12, 2007 and lasted until on Feb. 14, producing heavy snowfalls across the Midwestern U.S. from Nebraska to Ohio and similar conditions across parts of the northeastern U.S., and into Canada and tornadoes across the southern US. Significant sleet and freezing rain fell across the southern Ohio Valley and affected portions of the east coast of the United States, including the cities of Boston, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. The southern portion of the storm produced severe thunderstorms with numerous tornadoes reported. One tornado hit a subdivision of New Orleans. In total, this storm system was responsible for 37 deaths across 13 U.S. states and Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec. On Tuesday, February 13, 2007, the storm produced 7 EF 0, 9 EF1 and 3 EF2 tornadoes affecting Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina. NOAA classified the storm as a Category 3, “Major” storm.[Ref]
  • 2007, April 13-17; The Spring Nor'easter of 2007 was a nor'easter that affected mainly the eastern parts of North America. The combined effects of high winds, heavy rainfall, and high tides led to flooding, storm damages, power outages, and evacuations, and disrupted traffic and commerce and resulted min at least 13 fatalities. There were 36 confirmed tornadoes in the Southern States, 15 EF0, 16 EF1, 4 EF2 and 1 EF3 in Sumter County, SC. Tornadoes struck Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas.[Ref]
  • 2008, March 6-5; The North American blizzard of 2008 was a winter storm that struck most of southern and eastern North America. The storm produced heavy snow fall, rain and 13 confirmed tornadoes In Florida, Georgia and Texas. Ottawa, ON received 19 inches of snow between March 7 and 9. Memphis, TN received 5 to 7 inches while Sherman, Texas received 9 inches (230 mm), and Collinsville, Texas, got 8 inches. Some areas of Arkansas received up to a foot of snow.[Ref]
  • 2010, Feb 1-6; The February 5-6, 2010 North American blizzard formed on February 1, 2010 and moved ashore on the West Coast near Baja California Sur, Mexico, and moved north east. The storm moved off the east coast on Feb 6, 2010. The storm brought a mixture of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and flooding, in Mexico the heavy rains resulting in at least 15 fatalities. The storm affected Arizona and New Mexico from February 1 to 4 with up to 1 foot of snow in the mountains east of Albuquerque, New Mexico. On February 4, Oklahoma and northern Texas saw rain and snow, with severe thunderstorms further south. Feb. 4 brought widespread rainfall totals of 1 inch to 4 inches of rain were reported in portions of Central and Southern Mississippi. Jackson, MS, broke a daily rainfall record with 2.51 inches (6.4 cm) of rainfall. On Friday Feb, 5., power outages effecting about 40,000 customers, were reported in the North Carolina's mountain counties as the winter storm brought a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain to much of the state. A drenching rain fell early Friday in the Charlotte, NC, and in Atlanta, GA, which transitioned to a few inches of snow later in the day, while several inches of snow accumulated farther north. To the north, Howard, MD, received 38.3 inches of snow, while Washington Dulles International Airport measured 32.9 inches. Fatalities occurred in to Mexico, New Mexico, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland. The storm was classed as a Category 3 (“major”) nor'easter and severe weather event. [Ref]
  • 2010, Dec 5 - Jan 15; The December 2010 North American blizzard was a major nor'easter and historic blizzard affecting the Contiguous United States, and portions of Canada. The system moved across the Atlantic and was known as Windstorm Benjamin in Europe. The storm formed in the western Gulf of Alaska on Dec 5. From Dec 15 through Dec 22, the system stalled off the coast of the Pacific Northwest bringing with it as much as 2 feet (61 cm) of rain to the San Gabriel Mountains and over 13 feet (4.0 m) of snow in the Sierra Nevada. Although the entire state of Califoria was affected, the Southern California counties of San Bernardino, Orange, San Diego, and Los Angeles bore the brunt of the system of storms as coastal and hillside areas were impacted by mudslides and major flooding. The storms weaken while crossing the America west. The storm began strengthen again on Dec 24, when it moved into the Gulf of Mexico and began a period of rapid intensification off the North Carolina coast. Trenton, GA, received 6" of snow while Rocky Mount and Wilson, NC, both received 12" of snow.[Ref]
  • 2011, Jan 8 - 13; The January 8-13, 2011 North American Blizzard was a major nor'easter, winter storm, and a New England blizzard. The storm also affected the Southeastern regions of the United States. Jan 8 through Jan 10, the storm dropped snow and ice across Eastern Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Savoy, Massachusetts reported 40.5" of snow. Portions of Connecticut received 20 to 30" of snow.[Ref]
  • 2013, March 23-31; The March 2013 nor'easter was a powerful nor'easter Extratropical cyclone, Blizzard that affected that affected much of the United States, most notably New England, and moved on in to British Columbia. The maximum snowfall was 36 inches recorded near Bear Paw Ski Bowl, Montana.[Ref]
  • 2014, Jan. 27-31; The January 2014 Gulf Coast winter storm was a winter storm that impacted the eastern and southeastern United States, as well as Mexico. Freezing rain and sleet were recorded in cites along the Gulf Coast including Houston, TX, New Orleans, LA, Mobile, AL and Tallahassee, FL. On Jan 27, warnings were issued for Atlanta'a south metro area, while the central region (from east to west) was placed under a winter weather advisory. At 3:38 AM, on Jan. 28, the winter storm warning was expanded northward. A tweet issued by the NWSFO in Peachtree City at 3:08 pm and repeated on the local news read: “Winter precip will make travel risky across GA midday Tues into Weds. Not a bad idea to stay off the roads if you're able!”. Many believed that the storm would not occur until midday and planned accordingly. The NWSFO was correct in its forecast, but the roads became slippery faster than anyone anticipated. Thinking they would have time to get home before the road condition deteriorated, many business and school systems planned to work a half day. The results was a higher than normal volume of traffic on the Atlanta roads and with the slippery conditions and hilly terrain in Atlanta, traffic stooped. Many people were not able to reach their homes and had to find shelter where they could. Coastal South Carolina got some of the freezing rain that closed bridges around Charleston, SC. The Outer Banks of North Carolina and the Tidewater region of southeastern Virginia received significant snows,[10]
  • 2014, Feb. 11-17; The North American winter storm of 2014, was a snow and ice storm that affected the American South and East Coast. Damage was estimated at $15 million+ and there were 22 fatalities. Four people died in traffic accidents in Texas due to ice, and in Round Rock, TX, on February 11, a single accident resulting from ice on a bridge affected 20 vehicles. Mississippi had two deaths attributed to the weather. Several tractor-trailers jackknifed on Interstate 65 in northeast Alabama. Catoosa County, GA, reported 11 inches of snow from the storm. [17] Emergency Declaration declared on February 11, 2014(EM-3368) for Georgia.

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