The national summary of spring conditions has just been released by NOAA. The climate division maps show that for most of the Southeast, conditions were much wetter than normal, particularly in SW Georgia, southern Alabama and the panhandle of Florida. In fact, in northwest FL, they experienced their second wettest spring ever, with 25.25 inches. The record is 26.02 inches set in 1991. Temperatures were somewhat cooler than normal, mainly due to the effects of the extra clouds and rainy conditions.
This is no surprise to farmers who have had to deal with the wet and cloudy conditions which delayed planting and slowed plant growth. Some farmers are still dealing with planting at this late date, although recent drier weather has helped to catch up on field work. Fungal diseases are also an issue in some crops this year.
For the complete report on spring conditions across the country, click here.