Pam Knox

  • With the exception of flooding rains at a few locations in Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, most of the country was very dry this week.  The dry conditions did allow planting of corn and other crops in the Midwest to advance significantly from last week.  However, the dry conditions have caused problems for winter wheat, which…

    Posted in: , ,
  • The Packer is running a story today on this year’s Vidalia onion harvest and the impacts of the recent rainy weather on the crop. In the story they describe  conflicting reports on the state of the onion crop due to the weather.  The USDA is reporting that recent rains “curtailed harvest” and contributed to some crop…

    Posted in: ,
  • I’ve seen some interesting stories about atmospheric optical effects lately.  Here are a couple you might be interested in reading. NOVA on Public Broadcasting had a good story about mirages and seeing the city of Chicago appear upside down over a cold Lake Michigan (link). EarthSky also had an interesting article about why the sky…

    Posted in: ,
  • The Southeast Regional Climate Hub (SERCH) was established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to deliver science-based information, tools, and technology on climate variability and change to farmers, ranchers, and forest land managers in the Southeast.  It recently celebrated its first anniversary.  You can read more about SERCH and sign up for its newsletter at https://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/compass/2015/05/06/serch-marks-first-anniversary/. Below…

    Posted in:
  • The National Hurricane Center announced at 11 pm EDT that Subtropical Storm Ana has formed south of Myrtle Beach SC and is moving north very slowly.  A subtropical storm is a storm that has some characteristics of a mid-latitude system and some characteristics of a tropical, warm core system.  You can read more about the…

    Posted in:
  • Is it Ana yet?

    Meteorologists have been watching the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina for the possible development of Ana, the first named storm of the 2015 tropical season.  While the hurricane hunters have not found the closed low they look for when making an official declaration, the National Hurricane Center puts the chance…

    Posted in: ,
  • EarthSky published a news article this week on the recent new record in monthly average carbon dioxide level recently reached.  For the first time since modern records were kept, the global monthly average carbon dioxide level was over 400 parts per million.  Compared to both modern measurements and derived values from ice core data, this…

    Posted in: ,