Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Agriculture contributing to darkening of snow

A new large-scale study by University of Washington scientists shows that agriculture as well as oil and gas production is contributing to the darkening of snow fields across the Northern Hemisphere, according to Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.  This is of concern for long term climate balance since normally white…
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Wet week coming for most of Southeast

Today (Saturday) may be the driest day of the week for most of the Southeast.  A coastal storm should bring rain to coastal areas of the Southeast this weekend while the next large-scale storm moves into the area from the west on Sunday evening into Monday.  A second storm is…
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What’s going on with El Nino?

The NWS has just updated their El Nino blog to discuss the latest news on El Nino.  You may recall that we have been flirting with an El Nino for several months but so far none has materialized, although many signs are there.  The new blog posting discusses the latest…
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NC 2014: Focus on the coast

The State Climatology Office of North Carolina is publishing a series of regional breakdowns on the climate of 2014.  You can see the first in the series focusing on coastal NC at http://nc-climate.ncsu.edu/climateblog?id=114&h=5666e5c1.
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NOAA posts annual summary for 2014

NOAA released their annual summary report for 2014 this morning.  You can read the report at http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/summary-info/national/2014/12.  The report shows that this is the 18th year in a row that the US average temperature has exceeded the 20th century average, and the 34th warmest year for the contiguous US.  In…
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