Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Wet week ahead

The 7-day QPF shows a large area of rain across the Southeast for the next week, with amounts greater than 3 inches in north Georgia and along the coasts.  A low pressure center is expected to develop in the Gulf and track along the East Coast, bringing rain to much…
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Fall foliage colors may arrive later, last longer in the future

Science News reported this week that scientists from Princeton University predicted that fall foliage changes in future years may be delayed by several weeks and the color season may lengthen if current temperature trends continue.  Leaves change color in response to a number of factors, including temperatures, precipitation and day…
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Could land application of animal feedlot wastewater spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria?

An entry from the American Geophysical Union blog site in mid-August discusses the possibility of spreading antibiotic-resistant bacteria (ABR) through wind dispersal of land-applied animal wastewater used for irrigation in drought conditions.  You can read the blog here.  Scientists are not sure about the amount of ABR naturally occurring in…
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Storm surge estimates based on historical records may be too low

If you live near the coast in the Southeast, you are no doubt aware that storm surges associated with land-falling hurricanes can cause tremendous devastation.  Storm surges from Ivan and Katrina caused tremendous damage to coastal areas.  At the same time coastlines are being developed at a rapid rate, putting…
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