Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Rain (or irrigation) needed

It’s been a very dry May across the Southeast so far.  I was driving back to Athens from Quincy FL today and noted the large plumes of dust behind the tractors out planting in the fields in southwest Georgia.  The radar-based precipitation map from the National Weather Service shows that…
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Does Atlanta create its own weather?

You’ve probably heard about the “urban heat island”, which is a pocket of warm temperatures created by pavement and buildings in the center of cities.  It’s not surprising that Atlanta and other large cities have well-documented “heat islands” that make the cities warmer than surrounding areas.  A bit more surprising…
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How to get rankings using the Southeast Regional Climate Center’s “Perspectives” tool

Compared to the wet April we just finished, May has started very dry this year.  How does it rank compared to other years?  You can use the SERCC’s Perspectives tool to help answer that question (even if you don’t live in the Southeast). The map below shows the regional map…
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Meet your climate specialist: Regional Climate Centers

In this series on sources of climate and weather information, we’ve looked at the state climatologists and the National Climate Data Center (NCDC–now part of NCEI, the National Centers for Environmental Information) so far.  In between these two levels of data sources are the regional climate centers, also part of…
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