UGA Extension Viticulture Blog

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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Extension publications on frost protection and dormant pruning bunch grapes

Dear all: As we near bud break (!!!)… here are two UGA extension publications I have shared on the blog before, but I thought it would be rather timely to share them again now (and they are finally published in all their glory!): http://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=B1490&title=Vineyard%20Frost%20Protection Dormant Spur and Cane Pruning Bunch…
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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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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…
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