Pam Knox

  • According to the State Climate Office at North Carolina State University, this has been the most humid summer in 20 years, as reported by ABC11 in Raleigh, NC. Ryan Boyles, the Director of the State Climate office, says this year is one for the record books. “So far the summer of 2015 ranks as the…

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  • The latest Drought Monitor was released this morning and shows that the extreme drought in southern Florida decreased in area due to recent rain.  However, North Carolina developed an area of severe drought and is undergoing water restrictions in some places.  Abnormally dry conditions also expanded to cover most of South Carolina. You can read…

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  • This week I am attending the Dairy Environmental Systems and Climate Adaptation Conference in Ithaca NY.  It has been a great conference so far and I am looking forward to a few more talks before it ends.  A lot of the information presented today has been about the health of dairy cows and how they…

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  • New research this week has explored the impacts of abrupt changes in climate on civilizations in the Middle East as well as on the decline and extinction of mammoths.  Abrupt climate change is a rapid alteration in the climate, often from wet to dry conditions or vice versa, that happens quickly over a few years or…

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  • Julie Doll of Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station LTER announced the availability of a number of resources on sustainable agriculture and climate change for educators and agricultural professionals.  Here is the official announcement: “Farmers across the U.S. are noticing impacts of changing climate conditions on their production systems. Heavier rain events, warmer winters, and…

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  • Droughts around the world

    California is not the only place on earth currently experiencing drought conditions.  This recent post on the Weather Underground blog describes some of the droughts that are occurring in other countries: https://www.wunderground.com/news/california-historic-drought-world-brazil-africa-korea?cm_ven=FB_NEWS_AS_072815_3.  Market analysts look at these droughts to help predict future prices of commodities like soybeans that can affect prices for farmers in the…

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  • What to expect from El Nino

    The strong El Nino that is present in the eastern Pacific Ocean has created a lot of buzz lately on its likely impacts.  Here are two articles that describe some of the ways weather and agriculture may be affected in the coming months. Bob Henson on the Weather Underground blog discusses the impacts of El…

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