Q & A on the News

Q: We've heard many record high temperatures this summer. What is the record for the lowest high temperature in Atlanta for the summer months?

—Lance DeLoach, Thomaston

A: The lowest recorded high temperature for the Atlanta area between the months of May and September is 48 degrees, Bill Murphey, the state's climatologist and chief meteorologist, told Q&A on the News in an email. Here are the lowest recorded high temperatures in metro Atlanta for May through September:

  • May: 48 degrees, May 22, 1883
  • June: 56 degrees, June 10, 1913
  • July: 62 degrees, July 31, 1936
  • August: 63 degrees, Aug. 30-31, 1986; Aug. 27, 1944
  • September: 55 degrees, Sept. 28, 1957

Q: New French President Francois Hollande wants to impose a 75 percent tax on all French citizens earning more than 1 million euros a year. How much is Hollande worth and how did he make his money?

—William McKee Jr., Flowery Branch

A: Hollande, who was sworn in as president of France in May, is worth $1.51 million ($1.2 euros), according to Bloomberg. Hollande has declared that most of his worth is in a house in the French Riviera town of Mougins that he bought in 1986 and two partially owned flats in nearby Cannes. He also has 8,260 euros in bank accounts ($10,000), 3,550 euros ($4,300) of life insurance and 15,000 euros ($18,300) worth of furniture, according to the article. Hollande, who used to commute to work on a scooter and has described himself as "Mr. Normal," doesn't own a car. He is a career politician. Hollande's net worth is "below the threshold that would make him liable to pay wealth tax in France," Reuters reported.

Andy Johnston wrote this column. Do you have a question about the news? We'll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).