• I ran across a fascinating set of maps on the average date of greenup on agricultural lands today.  This set of maps is provided by ForWarn, which is the satellite-based tracking service of the US Forest Service.  You can find them at https://forwarn.forestthreats.org/highlights/918#.  One of the most interesting things to me is the extent to…

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  • EDENotes blog posted a story today on new definitions for severe weather threat from the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center.  You can find the blog entry here. The Storm Prediction Center has provided these new categories to make the daily threat levels more clear and explain what kinds of severe weather are likely to…

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  • Each year NOAA and other groups put out a forecast for the expected number of tropical storms and hurricanes expected to occur in the Atlantic basin.  This forecast is based on the El Nino phase as well as other factors such as long-term ocean patterns and past seasons.  But there is no similar forecast for…

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  • Peanut planting is about to get underway across many parts of the South as soil temperatures in south Georgia and Alabama generally rise above 70 F during the day and no cold weather is expected.  In general, planting begins around mid-April once the threat of cold weather has passed, since peanut germination is poor at…

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  • As the Miami Marlins learned yesterday, weather apps should be used carefully when planning short-term work that may be impacted by current weather.  The Marlins play in a stadium with a retractable roof which is supposed to prevent rain delays.  However, to do that it has to be closed.  Yesterday, they started the game with…

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  • Now that we are headed into the spring and summer season, it’s a good idea to review what you need to do to protect yourself against lightning.  The National Weather Service has shown that, while 66 percent of fatalities from lightning occur in leisure activities like boating or golfing, the number one factor in work-related…

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  • Groundwater woes

    I’ve seen a couple of interesting stories on groundwater today that I thought I would pass along.  One is on the continuing crisis in the groundwater levels in California due to a combination of drought and extensive pumping, mostly by agricultural producers.  You can read that story from the New York Times here.  The story…

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