Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Video: Hurricanes and North Carolina, a Stormy Future

WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel and renowned hurricane specialist Kerry Emmanuel hosted a presentation on the future of hurricanes in North Carolina last night.  The town hall presentation has been recorded and is available at  Note that the full presentation is almost two hours long.
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The smell of rain

With all the rain we’ve had this week, the smell of rain has been on my mind.  EarthSky had a blog entry on petrichor, the official term for the smell of rain (here).  I was surprised to learn that the word was created by the Australian National Science agency, CSIRO,…
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Corn and winter wheat in the news

Sam Ingram of the Effingham County Extension News reports that last week’s dry weather was good enough for farmers in his county to plant corn.  Because of the warm conditions and adequate moisture, the corn is really popping up.  You can see some pictures and read his blog at A…
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May through June 2015 climate outlook

NOAA has released their latest set of climate predictions for the upcoming months.  Their May outlook shows equal chances of above, below or near normal temperature in the Southeast, but a continuation of hot conditions in the West and cooler than normal temperatures likely in Texas and the Northeast.  Precipitation…
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Anniversary of North Carolina 2011 tornado outbreak

Today marks the anniversary of one of North Carolina’s worst tornado outbreaks in history.  The State Climate Office of North Carolina offers this blog posting on the storms (link). Another excellent article about this outbreak can be found at
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