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Dust (and smoke) in the wind

Although a lot of the pollution that plagues the Southeast comes from local sources, we also get imports from other locations. This week smoke from forest fires as far away as Alaska are blowing into the Lower 48 states.  The recent record-setting warm conditions have increased the length of the…
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Georgia approves new drought plan

Georgia’s Board of Natural Resources approved a new drought plan last week, according to Walter C. Jones of Morris News Service in this article from OnlineAthens.com.  The drought plan was modified from an earlier drought plan that caused farmers and agribusinesses some concerns in the exceptional 2007-2009 drought in north…
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Severe drought expands in Southeast

The latest Drought Monitor was released today and shows that the area of severe (D2) drought in the Southeast increased from 0.25 percent of the area to 1.67 percent.  The main increase was in southeast Georgia and northeast Florida, which have largely been missed by recent rains and have suffered…
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What’s the difference in impacts between a strong and a weak El Nino?

NOAA is now predicting a 90 percent chance of a strong El Nino lasting into the fall and most likely through the winter.  What does that mean for impacts across the country?  Cliff Mass has an excellent blog posting on this subject at http://cliffmass.blogspot.com/2015/06/a-strong-el-nino-develops-what-does.html. Even though his blog is directed towards…
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Drought changes in Southeast over past two months

The National Drought Monitor collects and disseminates drought information for the United States each Thursday morning after seeking input from climatologists and other stakeholders around the country.  One of the products they provide is a map of changes in drought status for the US.  The map below shows the change…
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