Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Lightning Safety Week

This week the National Weather Service is celebrating Lightning Safety Week.  Lightning can kill any time of year but with more outdoor activities coupled with the best chances for thunderstorms, summer is the prime season for lightning injuries and deaths.  Be safe and be smart!  You can read more from…
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NOAA: May 3rd warmest, spring 2nd warmest on record for globe

NOAA released their latest global climate summary this week.  It shows that for May 2017, the global average temperature was the third warmest since 1880 (behind 2016 and 2015), and for March-May, it was the second warmest on record, trailing 2016.  Their report, which can be accessed through https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/global-climate-201705, also…
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Sea level rise stories

In conjunction with the tidal flooding forecast I put out earlier today, here are some interesting stories about rising sea levels I have seen in the past few weeks. Washington Post: Scientists say the rapid sinking of Louisiana’s coast already counts as a ‘worst case scenario’ Quartz.com: The US is…
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IMAGE: Thunderstorms cast long shadows over Florida

Jordan McLeod of the Southeast Regional Climate Center shared this spectacular photo from NWS Melbourne’s Facebook page showing GOES-16’s imagery of long shadows cast by thunderstorms off Florida’s east coast just after sunrise. Amazing! Here’s the text that went with it: Offshore showers and storms cast long shadows across the…
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Moderate rainfall this week

The latest 7-day QPF map shows that moderate rainfall should affect the Southeast in the coming week. Rain could fall any day but the largest amounts are expected to remain off the coast, while inland areas should receive an inch to 1.5 inches for most of the region.
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