Pam Knox

  • The Southeast Farm Press reported earlier this week about the devastating impacts of the flash drought that is affecting South Carolina as well as parts of North Carolina and Georgia.  Ironically, wet conditions last spring delayed planting of many crops and probably reduced the number of acres of corn planted.  Then hot and dry conditions…

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  • Cliff Mass of the University of Washington has a good discussion of how we take information from global climate models and make it more useful by feeding the information into regional climate models.  While his blog post is focused on the Pacific Northwest, the same principles apply to other regions, including the Southeast. There are…

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  • Dr. Clyde Fraisse of AgroClimate.org has produced a new detailed outlook on climate and agriculture in the Southeast based on the current state of El Niño and its projected trend over the next few months.  The outlook includes both local impacts on crops, livestock, and forests and also discusses the impacts of the El Niño on…

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  • Yesterday I published a story stating that the Antarctic ice extent was record-setting for August.  As I looked back at the post this morning, I realized that I was quoting a story that was two years old, from 2013.  Today’s NOAA climate summary shows that the Antarctic ice extent this year is just below the…

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  • NOAA published their latest climate summary this morning.  In it they show that this August was the warmest since record began in 1895 for the globe as a whole.  The eastern US was one of the few areas across the Earth that was not unusually warm.  Temperature patterns for the January through August period were…

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  • The Climate Prediction Center released their latest three-month forecast today.  It shows that for the Southeast, temperatures in Florida and the East Coast are more likely than normal to be warm, and all of the Southeast has an increased chance of wet conditions.  This is in line with current temperature trends and expectations of the…

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  • The latest Drought Monitor this morning shows decreasing drought in Georgia and Florida but increases in drought and abnormally dry conditions in Alabama and North and South Carolina.  You can visit the Drought Monitor at https://www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu/.  Predictions for rainfall are below average for the next few weeks so this is likely to expand over time,…

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