Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

2016: The ‘Year Long’ Hurricane Season

You may not remember Hurricane Alex, but it formed in mid-January this year, long before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season on June 1.  And now we have Hurricane Otto, which passed from the Atlantic to the Eastern Pacific Ocean yesterday, setting a record for the latest landfall…
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November is not too late for a hurricane

Weather Underground notes that it is not too late for a tropical storm or even a hurricane to affect the Atlantic basin this year in a blog post today at https://www.wunderground.com/news/november-hurricane-keep-your-hurricane-kits-available?__prclt=yyRexmVE.  While the tropics are less active towards the end of the season, we can still have occasional storms. At…
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US landfalling hurricanes by president

The “This Day in Weather History” Facebook page showed an interesting weather graphic today which lists the number of hurricanes which made landfall in the United States during each president’s term.  The graphic is from Colorado State University, which noted that so far, “Barack Obama had the fewest U.S. landfalling hurricanes…
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“Blowing in the wind”

Some new research at the University of Georgia indicates that sands from the Sahara, blown across the Atlantic, can do more than suppress hurricane formation.  Researchers there have found that a genus of marine bacteria called Vibrio feed off the Saharan dust, leading to large blooms of the potentially harmful pathogen…
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Farmers continue to assess damage from Hurricane Matthew

Several articles out this week described continuing efforts by farmers in southeast Georgia and eastern North Carolina to determine the damage caused by the wind and flooding rain from Hurricane Matthew a few weeks ago. In North Carolina, Modern Farmer reported here that while livestock farmers are starting to compost dead…
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