Pam Knox

  • The latest Drought Monitor, released last week, shows that drought improved along the spine of the Southern Appalachians with the rain we got. However, abnormally dry conditions (D0) expanded in central Georgia and Alabama, which were largely missed by the last rain. In Puerto Rico there was no change in drought but abnormally dry conditions…

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  • Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

    I will be shutting down the blog for about a week to spend time with family and friends over the holidays. I thank you all for your continued support of this blog and I look forward to coming back near the end of 2023 to take a preliminary look at the climate statistics for 2023…

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  • Rainy Christmas this year

    The latest 7 day QPF map shows that we should see dry conditions for the next couple of days while many people are traveling for Christmas, then wet weather for Christmas Day and the following two days before dry conditions return to the region later next week, moving in from west to east. Most areas…

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  • The latest Drought Monitor, released today, shows widespread improvements in drought in eastern North and South Carolina and Virginia due to the East Coast storm last week. Conditions in parts of Alabama and Georgia, which were largely missed by the storm, got worse in the latest map. There were no changes in Puerto Rico this…

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  • The American Climate Corps is a new government initiative to train workers to implement projects related to responding to climate change. I post it here because one of the initiatives is to work on projects that enhance agricultural systems to protect natural resources and conserve water during droughts. If this is something you would be…

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  • The 2023 December solstice falls this week

    The December solstice marks the sun’s southernmost point in the sky, for the entire globe, for this entire year. On this solstice, the sun will be overhead at noon as viewed from the Tropic of Capricorn. In 2023, the December solstice falls at 3:27 UTC on December 22 (9:27 p.m. CST on December 21). For us in the Northern…

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  • Rising temperatures across the country and the world are changing the patterns of warm and cold temperatures over the year. This is resulting in fewer days with very cold temperatures and longer periods that are suitable for the development of insect pests. A recent study by USDA scientists looked at the effects of these climate…

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