Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Low fire potential for next few months

One of the benefits of all of our rain this year has been a reduction in the potential for wildfires. The four-month outlook for significant wildfires from the National Interagency Fire Center shows below-normal potential for each of the next four months. You can see the maps and read more…
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Abnormally dry conditions shrink in AL, expand in SC and NC

The latest Drought Monitor, released today, shows that the small regions of abnormally dry conditions in Alabama have generally shrunk in the last week due to recent rains. However, the area of abnormally dry conditions that span the NC-SC border in the Piedmont has generally expanded, since those areas missed…
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Understanding long-range forecasting maps

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center produces long-range forecasts for several time periods, including 6-10 days, 8-14 days, 3-4 weeks, and for one to three months at a time going out to as much as a year ahead. Most of these forecasts provide shading to indicate where the probabilities are tipped towards…
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Soil moisture measurements from space

NASA’s new GRACE satellite can provide a snapshot look at soil moisture conditions across the entire US. The maps come out one a week at http://nasagrace.unl.edu/. This week’s map shows a streak of wet conditions stretching from Alabama north to Ohio, but dry conditions in southeast Georgia and north into most…
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