As I sit here watching it rain this morning and the forecast/radar image above show no break in the rain for the majority of the day, I started wondering how the weather this year compares to last year and our averages.
Georgia is blessed to have an extensive weather monitoring network throughout the state that uses local weather stations to record local data for the public. There are four of these stations in the three county area of this blog. This system is called the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network and can be found at www.georgiaweather.net or in the Links section on the right side of this page.
Here is the current and historic rainfall data for the Dawson station:
|From Jan-1||To Apr-17||Total Precipitation
From January 1 to April 17, 2014, we are 1.3 inches above last year during the same time and .8 inches above the 30 year average from 1971-2000. This rain also came during 43 rainy days this year as compared to 28 last year.
Here is the current and historic temperature data for the Dawson station:
|From Jan-1||To Apr-17||Average Daily
The temperature so far in 2014 has been 1 degree warmer than last year but we are still 4.1 degrees cooler than the most current 30 year average.
Along with historical weather data, growers can also use this website to find the current soil temperature information so they can make planting decisions.
Here is the soil temperature data for last 4 days:
|2 in. Soil Temperature (°F)||71.6||65.2||60||62.5|
|4 in. Soil Temperature (°F)||71.6||65.8||59.7||62.3|
|8 in. Soil Temperature (°F)||70.6||67.7||61.2||62.5|
The temperature that we want to watch closely to make cotton/peanut planting decisions is the 4 inch temperature. The cold front that came through earlier in the week drove the soil temperatures below the minimum temperature to initiate planting. Growers should keep a close eye on these temperatures in the coming days as they consider beginning cotton/peanut planting.
If you have any questions about any of this data or the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network, contact your local extension office for more information.