Pam Knox

  • If you live near the coast in the Southeast, you are no doubt aware that storm surges associated with land-falling hurricanes can cause tremendous devastation.  Storm surges from Ivan and Katrina caused tremendous damage to coastal areas.  At the same time coastlines are being developed at a rapid rate, putting more people in harm’s way…

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  • Will changing climate affect soil microbes?

    The New York Times published a story earlier this week discussing the changes that changing climate may cause to soil microbe populations.  Their focus was on grazing lands in the Southwest, but it is a question that could be asked across the country.  The story focused on cyanobacteria, a critical component of surface soils in…

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  • Fall stories

    Since fall has just started, the media is full of stories about autumn colors and the difference between astronomical and climatological fall.  Here are two I thought were especially interesting. Slate magazine produced an online video which discusses why American trees produce both red and yellow leaves but European leaves only produce yellow leaves. The…

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  • The latest 3-month outlook for the last three months of the year has been released by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.  It shows an increased chance of above normal temperatures and higher than normal rainfall, particularly in the southern part of the region.  The patterns they show are consistent with a developing El Nino, which as…

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  • Fall foliage reports

    Now that it is fall, you may start getting requests for information on how the leaves change color and where the colors are brightest.  The Southeast Regional Climate Center has put together a nice page which lists a number of resources for regional and national color information.  You can visit the page at https://www.sercc.com/foliage.

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  • Impact of changing climate on outdoor workers

    Agriculture is one of the industries with the highest concentrations of outdoor workers in the US.  The Centers for Disease Control published an article today on the risks that outdoor workers may face in a warmer climate.  You can read the article here.  Among the risks are increased growth of poison ivy and other poisonous…

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  • As a meteorologist I am always fascinated by time-lapse videos of clouds moving.  They really show that the atmosphere is a fluid not much different than water.  This week I ran across two beautiful examples that really capture this. The first one is a video of a sky covered by a cloud type called Undulatus…

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