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More rain for the Southeast this week

Farmers are getting anxious to get into the fields after a week with rain across the area.  In southwest Alabama the rain has exceeded ten inches in some places.  Here in Athens I received over 4.5 inches in the last week.  Unfortunately, it looks like rain will continue through the…
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The cost of flooding

Has all the rain this week caused problems with flooding?  The National Flood Insurance Program has an online calculator that can show you the cost of a flood to your home at https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/flooding_flood_risks/the_cost_of_flooding.jsp.  The tool allows you to enter the size of your house and how deep a flood to consider…
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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 http://www.wral.com/news/video/14586628/#47gpHetXx8OqUdW8.99.  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 http://site.extension.uga.edu/effingham/2015/04/corn-is-popping-up/ A…
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