Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Hurricane Agnes 45 years ago

Those of you who are older (myself included) may remember Hurricane Agnes, who blew through central Georgia in June 1972, causing immense flooding and leading to the death of 122 people, including nine in Florida from severe thunderstorms associated with the storm. Agnes was one of the most prolific rain-producing…
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“Famous Sunset Paintings Reflect Key Air Pollution Events from the Past”

KQED Science had an interesting article this week about how historical paintings from the past can shed light on the amount of pollutants (both natural pollutants like volcanic particulates and human-injected pollutants from industry and transportation) in the atmosphere and how they change the way the sky looks.  I’ve talked…
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D-Day forecasts were critical to success

Today is the anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces in Europe landed at Normandy Beach and began the long trek to take back Europe in World War 2. The weather forecasts for that landing were critical to the success of the mission. You can read more about this at the…
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20th anniversary of the Miami tornado of May 12, 1997

Have you ever heard that tornadoes don’t hit cities, or rivers, or hills?  While local geographic features can have a small impact on tornadoes, this week’s anniversary of the Miami tornado of May 12, 1997 is a good example of how wrong that “old wives’ tale” is.  Of course, here…
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“Remembering the Surprise Spring Snow in May 1992”

The State Climate Office of North Carolina has an interesting look back at a storm in May 1992 which brought heavy snow to parts of the southern Appalachian Mountains.  I remember this storm well because I was spending three weeks in Asheville NC at the National Climatic Data Center looking…
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