Pam Knox

  • Discover magazine published a story yesterday discussing the first of several news releases describing the ramp-up in global temperature that was observed in October.  According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, this past October was the warmest in a record stretching back 1891, with a global average temperature for the month coming in at 0.85°C above the…

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  • The Southeast Regional Climate Center noted on Facebook today that many weather observing stations in the Southeast have already reached the #1 rank for the wettest fall on record, with two weeks still to go (and rain on the way).  You can produce your own map at https://www.sercc.com/perspectivesmap?date=2015-11-16&var=precip&period=STD&map_display=rank.  Note that there are also a few stations…

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  • The State Climate Office of North Carolina posted an article to their blog today from Bradley McLamb, Meteorologist at the NC Division of Air Quality, and Corey Davis listing the possibilities for cold outbreaks this winter.  Even though El Niño is currently expected to impact the Southeast’s weather for the next few months, not every El Niño…

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  • The Packer reported this week that South American blueberries should be in short supply for the next few months due to a cold October, which has slowed production.  Hail also caused fruit damage in Argentina.  You can read more about this at https://www.thepacker.com/news/south-american-blueberry-season-starts-slowly.

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  • Small earthquake near Eatonton

    The USGS recorded a small earthquake magnitude 2.6 located 13 kilometers SSE of Eatonton, GA this morning at 9:48 EST.  Unless you were very close by, you probably did not feel it. You can see more information at https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se60095802#impact_dyfi.  Since I moved to Georgia in 2001, I’ve felt two earthquakes in Athens, although I know more…

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  • Rain spoils harvest of soybeans

    Rome Ethredge published a striking article describing some of the problems that farmers have been having due to the recent wet conditions in his blog at Seminole Crop E News today.  The blog article shows several pictures of soybeans that sprouted in the combine when the farmer had to stop harvesting for two weeks due…

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  • Is La Niña next?

    Even though the El Niño is still growing towards a new record, climatologists and farmers are starting to look ahead to what the end of El Niño means for production next year.  The El Niño is expected to wane starting in spring.  In some years it moves to the opposite pattern, called La Niña, and…

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