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Impacts of the strong Arctic air flow

The current outbreak of cold air that has moved into the Southeast from Canada is blowing strongly outside my window tonight, dropping temperatures quickly to near-freezing levels.  This outbreak is so strong that it has produced a “Tehuantepecer” or flow across Mexico from the Gulf of Mexico into the Pacific…
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NOAA’s climate summary for October 2014

Today NOAA released its climate summary for the US for the month of October.  It shows that for the continental US as a whole, October 2014 was the fourth warmest on record.  Most of this heat was driven by record-setting warmth in the western US due to the continuing drought…
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The dirt on soil

Soil quality is a key factor in plant productivity in agriculture.  Every good farmer tries to preserve or improve their soil to assure healthy crops and good yields in the future.  In fact, 2015 will be the International Year of Soils and December 5 of this year World Soil Day. …
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Find the cold front

Here is the 4 pm temperature map from the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network: And here is the surface analysis at the same time: Can you find the front on the temperature map?  Cold fronts mark the boundary between warm air in place and the cold air that is advancing…
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Folk weather

People have had weather folklore going back to at least the Bible (remember “Red sky at night?”).  Here are a couple of stories about Indian summer and other weather sayings. Indian summer article from TheEagle.com Weather, as told by nature from DiscoverNatureNotes.com Farmers are particularly good at phenology, the study…
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Three interesting articles on climate modeling

Climate modeling is something that is often attacked by those who are skeptical about projections of future changes in climate.  Today I saw three articles which I think do an excellent job of explaining some of the difficulties with climate modeling. The first is a blog posting on our sister…
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