Pam Knox

  • 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, but by Wednesday morning, subfreezing…

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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 continue until mid-October. The nights…

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  • The path of Hurricane Florence is evolving, and the latest forecasts from the National Hurricane Center increase the likelihood that Georgia may experience significant impacts from the storm. A link to my latest weather discussion is below. Of course, the weather pattern is still developing so make sure you are following the forecasts from trusted…

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  • 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 the same time period for…

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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 low humidity to the area.…

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  • More wet and cool weather on tap

    August is on the horizon, and you might be interested in the latest outlook for the next month. Unfortunately, I don’t see any big change in the pattern for the next month. Cooler and wetter conditions are expected to dominate the weather this week as the stream of atmospheric moisture that has been causing flooding…

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  • Is it ever going to stop raining? I’ve been getting this question a lot in the last couple of weeks, as farmers and everyone else get inundated by repeated rounds of thunderstorms that develop over the afternoon hours and grow in the late afternoon heat. I’ve gotten almost three inches of rain in the last…

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  • Great to see some of you at the West Georgia winegrape symposium today! For those who missed it, here is a summary of what I am expecting for climate conditions this summer and fall. One month ago, dry conditions across Georgia were hampering the best efforts of producers to get their crops in and see…

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  • Here is a webinar that you might find interesting if you want to learn more about ecological (natural) pest management. It is offered by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. You can find a link to more information and instructions for how to access the webinar at https://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinars/promoting-beneficial-insects-in-vineyards-for-conservation-biological-control. Note that preregistration is not required. Some continuing education…

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  • In the last blog post, Mark Hoffman described a place to get hourly weather forecasts for up to six days for a number of stations at airports around the Southeast. But if you don’t live near an airport, you might prefer to get information that is closer to your farm. Here is a way to…

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