Pam Knox

  • NOAA issued its official forecast for the Atlantic hurricane season this morning.  The number of storms is predicted to be less than normal, due mainly to the expected onset of El Nino later this summer, which usually tends to suppress hurricane activity.  However, even one storm can have significant consequences if it makes landfall in…

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  • David Zierden, the Florida State Climatologist, provides this analysis:       This spring has been exceptionally rainy for N. Florida and the Panhandle, and above normal for the rest of the State with the exception of south Florida.  Daytona Beach is at 18.32 inches for the year since Jan. 1, 4.77 inches above normal.  Wildfire risk…

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  • New ENSO blog available from NOAA

    A new blog on El Nino-Southern Oscillation (better known as ENSO) is now available from NOAA at https://www.climate.gov/news-features/department/8443/all.  This blog will provide background information and current discussion about the status of El Nino and La Nina as well as descriptions of its impact across the United States and the world.  ENSO has big impacts on…

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  • WALB reports that after a dry few days, fields in Southwest Georgia are drying out and farmers are catching up on field work, which has been running about two weeks behind normal.  For details, click here to read the story.  Meanwhile, forecasts for this Memorial Day weekend indicate that temperatures on Memorial Day weekend could…

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  • Livestock and climate in the news

    I’ve seen a couple of interesting stories on livestock and climate in the news recently.  One story, published in the Los Angeles Times, discusses how scientists at the University of Delaware are studying the genes of chicken with naked necks to see how they might be able to incorporate that trait into future varieties of…

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  • After a wet weekend across most of the Southeast, the weather should quiet down for the next few days.  Temperatures will slowly rise and precipitation is not expected until late in the week.    Even though some precipitation will fall, amounts are generally expected to be light.  Near normal temperatures and below normal rainfall should continue…

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  • El Nino could be good for Florida

    An article in Florida Today points out that if the predicted El Nino develops as expected, it could have good consequences for Florida, including reduction in damage due to hurricanes.  Read the story here.

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