Pam Knox

  • 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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  • California’s current drought is one of the worst ever seen in the state’s history, according to a recent study by UC-Davis.  In the story, published here, it points out that California produces 80 percent of the world’s almonds and that it takes 1.1 gallons of water to produce each almond.  Because of the lack of…

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  • Some of you may remember the early predictions for last year’s hurricane season, showing a chance of a very active season.  Instead, the season was very calm, with few hurricanes and tropical storms in the Atlantic basin.  NOAA has put out an article on Climate.gov which explains where scientists went wrong.  You can view it…

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