Pam Knox

  • The Packer wrote in a story on 7/17 that banana supplies could be affected by damage in Costa Rica and Columbia which destroyed or damaged a “very significant area” of banana-producing farms.  While final damage assessments are still being made, some reduction in overall banana volume is likely.  Click here to read the story.

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  • The National Hurricane Center has started putting out advisories on Tropical Depression 2, located in the tropical Atlantic.  There is enough convective activity associated with the circulation to identify it as a closed circulation, which gives it depression status.  In the short term, TD2 may strengthen slightly and could even gain named status in the…

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  • The National Weather Service in Peachtree City posted this radar image of a high-intensity rainfall event today in Heard County which shows that some areas of the county received eight inches or more of rainfall in just a few hours (regions in purple).  However, the CoCoRaHS network has only one observer in Heard County, in…

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  • I’m excited to be attending my first NACAA (National Association of County Agricultural Agents) conference in Mobile AL this week.  I’ll be participating in several sessions on climate and agriculture.  If you are there, you might be interested in attending one or more of them.  On Monday afternoon there are two concurrent sessions on Climate…

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  • Climate records shattered in 2013

    Yahoo News provided a summary of the latest 2013 State of the Climate report, issued yearly by NOAA with reviews by 427 scientists from 57 different countries.  You can find Yahoo’s summary by clicking here.  Some of the notable findings were that Arctic sea ice continues to decrease while Antarctic sea ice is increasing (although…

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  • Growing Georgia reported this week that the watermelon crop this year has benefited from the warmer and drier weather we have had this year compared to last year’s rainy conditions.  Yields were good even with the late start due to a cold and wet spring.  Disease and insect pressure were reduced but producers were able…

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  • Although earthquakes are not really climate, they are a natural hazard that also affects the lives of millions of Americans, including folks in our own region.  The US Geological Survey has just released a new earthquake hazard map which shows updated values for the threat of earthquakes.  For more information, you can visit https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2014/1091/

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