Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

“Why the West is burning”

Outside magazine has an excellent article describing the causes of the forest fires which are currently covering wide swaths of the western United States. The biggest culprit is the continuing drought which has affected parts of the region this year.  The wet winter may have also been a factor, since…
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High and dry this week

A large dome of high pressure covering the eastern US will keep most of the Southeast high and dry this week, great for harvest but worrisome for crops that need more moisture to fill out before they mature. The exceptions to the dry conditions are the eastern end of NC,…
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Mt Agung threatens to erupt

Volcanologists and climatologists are watching the impending eruption of Mount Agung in Bali closely to see how soon it might erupt and how strong the eruption might be. Agung last erupted in 1963 and caused several years of below-normal weather following the strong eruption. The most recent large tropical volcanic explosion…
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New online course: The Effects of Climate Change on Agricultural Systems – A 5-Hour Curriculum Unit for 6-12 Grade Students

The USDA’s Southwest Regional Climate Hub has a new online curriculum on agriculture and climate change available for K-12 educators and students.  I haven’t had a chance to look at it yet, but even though it was written for the Southwest, I’m sure it contains information that would be valuable…
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Happy astronomical fall!

While fall started on September 1 for meteorologists and climatologists, today is the first day of astronomical fall.  Most of the Southeast will be feeling summer-like temperatures for a few more days before cooler air moves into the region in about a week.  You can read more about why climatologists…
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