UGA Extension Viticulture Blog

Where to get forecasts for frost

In a blog post earlier this week I provided some links to sources of information on historical frost dates across the country. Today I want to provide you with some links to help you find current forecasts for frost.  It looks like to me that we are likely to see…
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Wine and weather in the news

For those of you who follow national and international trends in wine grapes and wine production, you may be interested in some recent articles I have seen on the impacts of weather on wine production both here in the US and abroad. One of the biggest stories, of course, has…
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Another warm and dry winter may be in the offing

The latest outlook for winter is now available from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. Short answer: warmer and drier than usual conditions are more likely than usual due to the impending La Niña. I break it down in my blog post at http://blog.extension.uga.edu/climate/2017/10/latest-climate-outlook-shows-impact-from-la-nina/.  
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Fall freeze climatologies

Looking for average first frost dates for fall?  I have just posted a list of several sources that can help you identify the average first fall frost date for your area on my blog at http://blog.extension.uga.edu/climate/2017/10/fall-freeze-climatologies/. Later this week I will discuss some places you can go to see current frost…
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Latest winter outlook shows a classic La Niña pattern

My latest blog post on the outlook for fall and winter can be found at http://blog.extension.uga.edu/climate/2017/10/winter-outlook-shows-classic-la-nina-pattern/.  As expected, La Niña is expected to occur in the next few months and should bring drier and warmer conditions than normal to most of the Southeast, although the strongest effects will be seen in…
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Next two weeks look warm and dry for north Georgia

The forecast for the next week shows almost no rain for north Georgia.  While temperatures are taking a dip this weekend, above normal temperatures should return for most of the next two weeks.  Drier than normal conditions are expected for at least the next ten days, with a return to…
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September 2017 so far much cooler and wetter than normal

Since it is halfway through the month, it’s worth taking a look at how the climate is doing so far.  The maps below show that for most of the Southeast except for Florida, and to a lesser extent coastal areas, the temperatures have been significantly below normal, which has slowed…
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Update on Hurricane Irma 9-8-2017

I have a new update on Hurricane Irma posted on my Climate blog at http://blog.extension.uga.edu/climate/2017/09/hurricane-irma-update-at-1-pm-on-september-8-for-georgia/. For central and north Georgia, the biggest impact from winds is likely to be Monday night through Tuesday morning, although there could be some windy periods before and after that as spiral bands move through. …
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Information on the potential impacts of Hurricane Irma

Here is some information I sent out to extension agents around Georgia regarding Hurricane Irma, a category 5 hurricane which may hit Georgia early next week.  You can read it at my blog at http://blog.extension.uga.edu/climate/2017/09/hurricane-irma-could-affect-georgia-by-this-weekend/.  
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