Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

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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The Natchez tornado of 1840

The second deadliest tornado in history happened in Natchez MS on May 7, 1840.  A large and powerful tornado went right through the center of town, flattening most of the buildings.  But even worse was the damage on the Mississippi River, which was filled with boats, including 120 flatboats and…
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Are the clouds in “The Scream” volcanic or nacreous clouds?

The bright orange and pink clouds in Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” have long been thought to be a product of a volcanic eruption, most likely the very large eruption of Krakatoa in 1883.  Volcanic eruptions shoot sulfuric acid droplets and ash high into the atmosphere, producing spectacular sunsets around the…
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April 25, 1910 snowfall in northern Georgia

From This Day in Weather History on Facebook: April 25th, 1910 – Atlanta, Georgia was blanketed with 1.5 inches of snow while seeing their latest freeze ever with a morning low of 32°F. The high that day of 39°F was the second time ever that the high never got out…
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