Pam Knox

  • Clint Thompson of UGA published an article this week in Growing Georgia which notes the unusually large losses in tobacco this year due to black shank disease.  He said that losses were between 4 and 5 percent of the state’s 12,000-plus tobacco acres.  The heaviest losses were in Coffee and Berrien counties, Georgia’s top tobacco-producing…

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  • The winter solstice this year is on December 21.  The winter solstice is the date on which the sun is lowest in the sky and the day is the shortest of the year.  It marks the start of astronomical winter (remember, climatological winter starts on December 1).  But it is not necessarily the day with…

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  • Drought eases in Southeast

    The latest Drought Monitor came out this morning and shows that severe drought has been reduced to less than half a percent of the Southeast.  It is now confined to an area in the panhandle of Alabama surrounding Mobile.  Abnormal dryness continues in many areas of the Southeast except for the Florida peninsula, but is…

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  • One of the comments that I often hear from those who are skeptical about climate change is the comment that in the 1970s scientists were talking about global cooling.  In particular they reference a couple of articles in Time and Newsweek which discussed recent cooling in the atmosphere and what it might mean for future…

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  • NOAA has just published their December 2014 Climate Connections newsletter.  In it they discuss the rapid warming in the Arctic (twice what is occurring in other areas–direct link to story) and why that may affect future weather and climate.  They also provide links to some tools to help visualize changes in coasts under storm surges…

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  • The shape of snowflakes

    In honor of the winter and holiday season, I thought you might be interested in an article about the science of snowflakes.  Did you know that the shape snowflakes takes depends on the atmospheric conditions in which they form?  The most common snowflakes, which we make with paper and scissors in schoolrooms, are called dendrites,…

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  • NC: Revisiting a Coastal White Christmas

    The State Climate office of North Carolina released a blog post today describing the coastal snowstorm of 1989 in North Carolina.  If you are dreaming of a white Christmas, you might enjoy the story, which is at https://nc-climate.ncsu.edu/climateblog?id=111&h=5666e5c1.

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