UGA Extension Viticulture Blog

Weather and climate outlook for May, June and beyond

Producers are all busy working in their fields, planting, spraying, and irrigating. Some folks are making hay or working on small grains as well. Here is a look ahead at the weather and climate for the next few weeks. The major feature of the weather across the Southeast for the…
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Are we done with frost this year?

Some of you might be wondering if we are past the last frost of the year. The answer, of course, depends on where you are as well as the vagaries of the weather. I pulled out my crystal ball (just kidding, I use weather maps) to see if I could…
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Climate outlook for 2019 growing season in Georgia

It’s been a while since I posted a climate outlook for Georgia, but I’ve gotten a few requests so here you go. Summary:  Temperatures for the next two weeks are expected to be cooler than normal. Temperatures for the rest of spring, summer and fall are all leaning towards warmer…
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Colder conditions ahead for the next few weeks

A change in the weather across the Southeast is expected starting this weekend and continuing for the next few weeks. It means considerably colder conditions than what we have been feeling so far this winter, which has been running 1-3 degrees F above normal so far. As I write this…
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Winter Outlook for 2018-2019 for the Southeast

While an El Niño has not yet been officially declared, the telltale water temperatures and wind patterns that are associated with an El Niño are all in place and I expect an official move from an El Niño Watch to an Advisory in the near future. The forecast for this…
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Are you ready for some cold weather?

I’ve been watching the long-range weather forecasts for the last week, and it’s pretty clear that our growing season across most of the Southeast will end next week as a huge push of chilly air moves into the region. Northern parts of the region will see frost by this weekend,…
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Brief weather update for September 21, 2018

Now that Hurricane Florence has come and gone and calmer conditions have returned to the area, I hope that most of you are back to your regularly scheduled work. A look ahead over the next few weeks shows that in general, warmer and wetter than normal conditions are likely to…
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Latest weather and tropical outlook as of September 7, 2018

Have you been taking advantage of the glorious weather to harvest your grapes? We have seen better weather than I expected since my last weather update on August 24. The last two weeks have been much below normal in precipitation and temperatures have been running 2-4 degrees above normal during…
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Weather update for the rest of the year

Now that we at the peak of hurricane season, I thought you might like a look at what we can expect for weather the next few weeks and on into the winter. We are currently under the influence of a strong high pressure area, which is bringing sunny skies and…
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