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USDA Adaptation Resources for Agriculture

I recently ran across this USDA publication describing methods for adapting agriculture to increasing climate variability and climate change. While the publication is focused on the Midwest and Northeast, there are a lot of very good lessons for producers in the Southeast as well. I encourage you to take a…
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These Hyperlocal Weather Networks Can Help States Face Climate Threats

There are many different networks of weather observations that are taken across the country and the world. Some of the networks are run by the National Weather Service, US Geological Survey, and other federal agencies. Now, there are also many networks run within the states by different agencies. The University…
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New daily lightning climatology

Here is an interesting map display from NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center that shows the daily distribution of lightning stokes across the United States. It is very interesting to see how the area of most lightning strikes moves around over the course of the year. You can view it at https://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/dataviewer/?mode=climo&category=ltg&product=ltgday.
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U.S. Drought Monitor now provides county-level drought statistics

The USDM expanded its website capabilities in late June with the addition of county-level statistics on drought to their maps. When you go to their current map at https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap.aspx and click down through region to state map and then click on your county, you will see a table of drought…
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