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NWS graphical forecasts can be used for short-term planning

The National Weather Service has a product available on the web pages for their forecast offices that may be of some use for planning purposes up to five days ahead.  It is called the “Graphical Forecast’ and an image of the interactive map is below.  By moving your mouse over…
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Evaporative stress index can identify flash droughts early

The evaporative stress index is a way of measuring rates of evapotranspiration from plants and the ground using satellite data.  The higher the rates of water use, the more negative the evaporative stress index.  The two maps below show the maps for September 2 and September 8.    You can…
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New NOAA viewers look at sea level and land use changes in coastal areas

Two new interactive viewers from NOAA’s Coastal Services Center are available online and provide a detailed look at coastal areas across the US.  The C-CAP viewer allows you to look at changes in land use from 1996 to 2010 in many areas of the Southeast, although only counties relatively near…
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How do this summer’s temperatures stack up?

Climate Central has a new graphing tool which shows how this summer compares to temperatures in previous summers.  There are just a few cities in the Southeast but it is fun and interesting to see how temperatures varied across the US.  You can access the tool at http://www.climatecentral.org/news/us-summer-temperatures-comparison-17942. (Note that…
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Agricultural impacts from recent dry weather

The recent dry conditions have produced a number of negative impacts on agriculture in the Southeast.  Rome Ethredge noted in his Seminole Crop E-News blog that dryland peanuts have taken quite a hit with very spotty rains in some areas.  He noted that decreased yields are likely in the driest…
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How much do climate patterns influence predictability in the US?

NOAA’s Climate.gov blog this week talks about several different climate patterns which may affect the predictability of seasonal climate.  There are a number of different patterns which can affect climate over time, including long-term trends, El Nino, the North Atlantic (also sometimes called Arctic) Oscillation, and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation….
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Excellent editorial on stockmanship from Southeast Cattle Advisor

The SE Cattle Advisor blog (http://www.secattleadvisor.com/)posted a wonderful essay on stockmanship this week.  This essay was written by Dr. Lee Jones of the UGA School of Veterinary Medicine. You can read the full essay by clicking here.   Here is the first paragraph to start you off: “Stockmanship, like sustainability, is a…
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