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11. Snow Wall

Buena Vista, Georgia, has a humid subtropical climate with warm and muggy summers and mild winters. Summers in central Georgia are long, consistently warm and humid. For 70 to 80 days of the year, afternoon high temperatures are typically in the low 90s ° Fahrenheit (32-37 Celsius).  

Snow Wall. Photograph courtesy of David Rush, 2016

In this region of Georgia, low winter temperatures average in the mid-30s, with lows of 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 ° Celsius) or below for only 40 to 50 days a year.

There are measurable amounts of rainfall on approximately 120 days a year, with an average of between 45 and 50 inches of rain annually. Central Georgia can go for several years without seeing any snowfall, and significant snowfall is even rarer.

Close up of the Snow Wall. Photograph courtesy of David Rush, 2016

For this reason, it is not surprising that when it does snow, the phenomenon is often documented in some way. Located on a brick wall next to the former pharmacy is the Snow Wall, which records past snowfalls in chalk with writings such as:

* day Feb 26, 1933

Snowed Saturday nite Feb 10, 1934

Snowed Jan 1935

Locals are glad to have a commemoration for something that is considered a novelty in the Deep South.

Submission composed by Chandler Garrett, April 16, 2016.

References and Further Reading

National Weather Forecast Office, Peachtree City, Ga. April 16, 2016.