Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

El Nino update

The warm pool of water in the equatorial Pacific Ocean continues to move eastward, increasing chances for an El Nino to develop later this summer into fall.  In winter, El Nino causes wet and cool conditions in south Georgia as the subtropical jet stream shifts right over the state, bringing…
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Southeast Climate Consortium meets in Tallahassee

The Southeast Climate Consortium (SECC) is a group of scientists from eight major universities in the Southeast who are working together to study the impacts of climate variability and change on the Southeast, with a special emphasis on agriculture.  They are holding their spring Program Review meeting this week in…
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Crops and climate in the news

There has been quite a bit of press on the impacts of climate on crops around the Southeast in the press lately.  Here are some of the stories I’ve seen. 1. Heavy Rains Delaying Crop Planting—Growing Georgia–May 1 Heavy rains across the Southeast have caused a lot of problems for…
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National Climate Assessment report released–direct link to agriculture section

The latest National Climate Assessment report was released this morning, discussing the latest findings in climate change.  Here is a direct link to the interactive section on agriculture: Time magazine reports that one of the conclusions of the report is that “Agriculture will be resilient… at first: Many farmers should…
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April 2014 Climate Summary for Georgia

Heavy rainfall in southern Georgia hinders farmers Temperatures in Georgia during April were near normal for the entire state, but rainfall amounts were significantly above normal across most of Georgia in April. Severe weather rocked the state early and late in the month with more quiet conditions in the middle…
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