Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

FAQs on climate change, climate variability and Florida from the Florida Climate Institute

The Florida Climate Institute has put together an excellent list of FAQs on climate variability, climate change and their impacts on Florida.  Many of these FAQs apply broadly across the Southeast, and address El Nino, hurricanes, changing sea level, and the vulnerability of infrastructure.  You can find the list at
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Are we going into a “flash” drought?

The latest Drought Monitor has brought abnormally dry (D0) conditions back to Georgia for the first time since last December (  According to the discussion for the Southeast, 30-day moisture deficits and declining soil moisture and pasture conditions have led the authors to conclude that we may be in the…
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Next two weeks likely to be colder and wetter than usual

The Climate Prediction Center website shows that for the next two weeks, much of the eastern US is going to be much colder than usual, and the Southeast is likely to be wetter than normal.  You can find these prediction maps at  The wet and cool conditions should help…
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NOAA reinstates July 1936 as the warmest month on record–A “hot” topic for climatologists!

You may have seen some news reports mentioning that NOAA recently reinstated July 1936 as the hottest month on record for the US, and heard the subsequent uproar from political commentators.  Here is a column from David Zierden, the Florida State Climatologist, discussing this topic: “NOAA Reinstates July 1936 as…
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