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Meteorological versus astronomical seasons

Occasionally I’ve been asked what is the difference between astronomical seasons and meteorological seasons.  Deke Arndt of the National Centers for Environmental Information has a nice simple write-up that explains the difference at https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/news/meteorological-versus-astronomical-seasons. EarthSky also has a good description of what the autumnal equinox is at http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-september-equinox.
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SERCH: Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies

The Southeast Regional Climate Hub has produced a new comprehensive document describing the Southeast’s vulnerability to changing climate and methods for adapting to and mitigating for the effects of those likely changes.  It includes impacts on crops, livestock, and forests across the region.  You can read the document at http://climatehubs.oce.usda.gov/sites/default/files/Southeast%20Vulnerability%20Assessment%20Final.pdf.
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First tea plantation in Mississippi

Modern Farmer posted a story this week about a new tea farm, the first one to be planted in Mississippi, although there are currently several in Hawaii, a few in the Pacific Northwest and one in South Carolina. Even though tea has traditionally been grown in tropical areas with warm and…
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