Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

EarthSky: Images of crepuscular rays

You’ve probably seen crepuscular rays late in the day when the sun is drifting lower in the sky and beams of light shoot out from behind clouds. These are called crepuscular rays, and they can be spectacular! You can see a collection of images from EarthSky at
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Georgia Climate Project: Coastal biodiversity, economy and ecosystems

This week’s question from the Georgia Climate Project’s Roadmap discusses how climate change will affect Georgia’s coasts. The coasts are an important economic resource for Georgia, including the effects of tourism, fishing, and the value of biodiversity in coastal ecosystems. They are increasingly faced with problems from sea level rise…
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Top ten wettest May 3 through August 3 for much of the Southeast

According to calculations provided by the Southeast Regional Climate Center on their Perspectives tool, the last May 3 through August 3 (three months) has been in the top ten wettest in many parts of the Southeast. In Virginia and at a few scattered locations elsewhere it has been the wettest…
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Some relief from rainy conditions

This week’s 7 day QPF map shows that most of the Southeast will get less than normal rainfall for the next week. This is sure to be a relief for many producers in the area, who have been hit by repeated rounds of thunderstorms. The only exception might be central…
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How does rain affect hay quality?

With all the rain we have been having this summer, I have gotten numerous reports about farmers having trouble finding windows of time for their hay to dry. Kim Mullenix from Auburn University wrote a helpful article in Dairy Herd Management explaining how rain affects hay quality over time. You…
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