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Drought mostly gone; January leans warmer and wetter than normal

The latest Drought Monitor report came out on Thursday and shows that most drought in the Southeast is gone due to recent rains.  Only a small area around Mobile Bay in AL is still showing moderate drought.  You can see the latest Drought Monitor at http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/RegionalDroughtMonitor.aspx?southeast.  This often happens over the…
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Happy New Year and welcome back!

Happy New Year to all of you!  I had a good but busy holiday season, and am looking forward to getting the blog going again.  We’ve redone the spam setting on comments so you should be able to add your remarks again.  Hope you all had a restful holiday season…
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Merry Christmas to all and Happy Holidays!

I’ll be taking a couple of weeks off to spend time with family and friends this holiday season, and I hope that you get the chance to do the same.  I will be suspending entries to this blog until early January, when I will return to kick off the New Year with…
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Evergreen shape due to climate

EarthSky posted a neat article this week describing why most evergreen trees have a pyramid shape.  The narrow shape on top helps reduce snow loads in the snowy climates they are often found in.  The shape also helps reduce wind resistance, which is important for these trees with shallow root…
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