UGA Extension Viticulture Blog

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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Fall is expected to be warmer and wetter than normal

The latest outlooks for September and for fall and winter from the Climate Prediction Center are out and show that September is expected to be cooler than normal in inland areas of the Southeast, especially in the first half of the month. It should be warmer than normal in the…
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Climate Prediction Center: Fall could be wetter than normal

The latest monthly and seasonal outlooks for the US were released today by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. The images below show that September is leaning towards above normal temperatures in coastal areas of the Southeast, including the Florida peninsula and especially south Florida. Most of the region except for Florida…
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Cold spring leaves French grape harvest headed for historic low

Georgia is not the only place where grapes have been impacted by the weather this spring.  The Guardian posted a short article today discussing the low production of French wine expected this year after a spring cold snap caused problems for grape growers, especially in the Bordeaux region of southwest…
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Outlook for August and Aug-Sep-Oct shows likelihood of above normal temperatures

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center releases monthly climate outlooks in mid-month showing one-month and three-month outlooks for temperature and precipitation.  They are probabilistic forecasts, which means they tell you the likelihood of above, near or below normal conditions but not how extreme they might get. For example, in the one-month temperature…
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Introduction from Pam Knox, UGA agricultural climatologist

Since I am the newest member of the Viticulture Team, I thought I would introduce myself.  I am Pam Knox, UGA agricultural climatologist, currently in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences in the College of Ag.  I’ve worked at UGA since 2001, first as the Assistant State Climatologist and…
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