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Drought increases slightly across the Southeast

The latest issue of the National Drought Monitor was released this morning.  It shows that abnormally dry conditions and drought expanded slightly across the Southeast, especially in Florida, Alabama and Georgia.  An area of moderate drought was reintroduced to southwestern Georgia and an area of severe drought was added to…
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Rain in the north; dry in the south

The 7-day QPF for this coming week shows a continuation of the split pattern we have seen over the last couple of weeks.  Wet conditions should continue to occur in northern parts of the Southeast, while southern areas, especially southern Florida, will see lower than normal rainfall.  This may increase…
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Overpumping in California’s Central Valley could remove 1 million acres from production

The Los Angeles Times ran an article today describing the impacts of groundwater pumping on agriculture in California’s Central Valley (link).  High rates of groundwater use have caused ground levels to subside by as much as a foot a year, and have also lowered water tables, forcing farmers to pay…
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