Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Southeast could see an expansion in agriculture under changing climate

Bloomburg Businessweek published a map this week that caught my attention.  It shows the results of a recent research project by German scientists which predict changes in suitability for agriculture in the period 2071-2100 compared to the present under modeled changes in climate.  The map shows that the Southeast is…
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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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