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  • February’s Variable Rains

    first_imgOverly wet weather in Georgia’s major row crop regions during February 2016 has farmers worried that soggy soil may delay corn and peanut planting or cause fungal diseases to be a major issue later this spring. Over the course of February, swaths of northwest and southeast Georgia received as much as three or four inches more rainfall than normal, leaving some farm fields that have reached the planting milestone of 55 degrees Fahrenheit too wet to plant. Other parts of the state, especially the central region, saw rainfall totals between two and three inches below normal amounts. Fruit growers continue to be concerned about the low number of chill hours that have occurred this winter, due mainly to the extremely warm temperatures in December 2015. Low chill hours reduce fruit set and lengthen the harvest season, leading to increased labor costs needed to harvest the orchards more than once. Temperatures during February varied across the state but were slightly above normal over the bulk of the state. In Atlanta, Georgia, the monthly average temperature was 48.5 F, 1.3 degrees above normal; in Athens, Georgia, it was 47.6 F, 0.4 degrees above normal; in Columbus, Georgia, it was 51.3 F, 0.2 degrees above normal; in Macon, Georgia, it was 50.6 F, 0.6 degrees above normal; in Savannah, Georgia, it was 53.7 F, 0.7 degrees above normal; in Brunswick, Georgia, it was 54.3 F, 0.2 degrees below normal; in Alma, Georgia, it was 53.5 F, 0.7 degrees below normal; in Augusta, Georgia, it was 49.8 F, 0.7 degrees above normal; in Albany, Georgia, it was 53.1 F, 0.7 degrees above normal; in Rome, Georgia, it was 46.1 F, 0 degrees below normal; and in Valdosta, Georgia, it was 54.8 F, 0.6 degrees above normal. Atlanta set a record high of 76 F on Feb. 2, beating the old record of 74 F set in 2014. Savannah and Augusta tied their record highs on the same date. Alma set a record high of 68 F on Feb. 3, surpassing the old record of 66 F set in 1974. Augusta also set a record for high nighttime low on Feb. 3, reaching a low of only 62 F and beating the old record of 60 F set in 1932. The normal low there is 34 F. Most of Georgia was above normal as far as precipitation in February, except for a streak of dry conditions across the center of the state from Columbus through Macon to Augusta. The highest monthly total precipitation recorded by a National Weather Service station was 7.39 inches in Atlanta, 2.72 inches above normal. The lowest monthly total was recorded in Macon at 3.21 inches, 1.15 inches below normal. Athens received 4.49 inches, 0.01 inches above normal; Columbus received 4.23 inches, 0.21 inches below normal; Augusta received 3.76 inches, 0.16 inches below normal; Savannah received 3.28 inches, 0.49 inches above normal; Alma received 4.66 inches, 0.86 inches above normal; Brunswick received 3.99 inches, 0.52 inches above normal; Rome received 5.64 inches, 0.77 inches above normal; Valdosta received 4.97 inches, 0.81 inches above normal; and Albany received 6.65 inches, 2.49 inches above normal. Atlanta, Athens, Macon and Rome all reported a trace of snowfall on Feb. 9 and 10. The highest single-day rainfall recorded by a Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network volunteer was 5.42 inches west of Albany in Dougherty County on Feb. 24, followed by 4.75 inches recorded north of Cochran, Georgia, in Fulton County on Feb. 4. The highest monthly total rainfall was 9.34 inches, recorded by the Albany observer listed above, followed by 9.02 inches near Dillard, Georgia, in Rabun County in northeast Georgia. The Dillard observer also recorded the highest snowfall for the month – a total of 5.2 inches. Severe weather was reported on four days during February. Observers witnessed a tornado at Fort Stewart, Georgia, near Hinesville in Liberty County on Feb. 3. Numerous vehicles were destroyed, and 40 to 50 people were displaced from housing due to the tornado. Another storm outbreak brought high winds to much of Georgia on Feb. 15. No tornadoes were observed in the state, but several were seen nearby in southeast Alabama. Witnesses reported seeing several tornadoes on Feb. 23, including one near Blakely, Georgia, in Early County, an EF1 in Terrell County, plus other sightings in Lee County and in Whigham, Georgia, in Grady County. The tail end of that outbreak hit the far northeast corner of Georgia on Feb. 24 as the system moved to the east. Lightning associated with the severe storms early in the morning of Feb. 24caused a barn fire in Bishop, Georgia, in Oconee County. Fourteen Clydesdale horses were safely removed from the barn before it burned to the ground.The outlook for March and spring shows a continuation of El Nino-like rainfall conditions, especially in south Georgia. The first two weeks of March are expected to be warmer than normal, with a return to average conditions later in the month. Longer-term spring temperatures do not show a clear trend. El Nino appears to have passed its peak and will be dying away over the next few months. After El Nino disappears, a swing to neutral, then to La Nina is expected by late summer, which will increase the chance of dry conditions later in the growing season. The Atlantic hurricane season is also expected to be more active than usual in the absence of El Nino. For more information, please see the Climate and Agriculture in the South East blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/climate or visit our new webpage at gaclimate.org.last_img read more

  • NBA free agency news: Marc Gasol exercises option, returning to Raptors

    first_imgThe Raptors may, or may not, be able to entice Kawhi Leonard to re-sign, but one key piece of their championship team is returning.Center Marc Gasol is exercising his $25.6 million option and will return for next season, the team announced Wednesday. On the free agent front, Leonard has already reportedly opted out of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent, although Toronto hopes to re-sign the two-time NBA Finals MVP. Guards Danny Green, Jodie Meeks, Jeremy Lin, and forward Eric Moreland are also UFAs.  Related News The team has reportedly tendered a $1.8 million offer to restricted free agent Patrick McCaw. The Raptors announce Marc Gasol will return to Toronto after exercising his $25.6M player option for next season. pic.twitter.com/I4nMZN8zq3— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 26, 2019The 7-1 center averaged 13.6 points, 7.9 points and 4.4 assists per game last season, splitting time between Memphis and the Raptors, who acquired him in a deal in February. He averaged 12 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in the NBA Finals as the Raptors knocked off the Warriors for their first NBA title. Kawhi Leonard free agency: What the Raptors can do if star leaves Raptors president Masai Ujiri: I’m staying with Toronto Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Danny Green thinks there’s a ‘higher percentage’ star stays with Raptorslast_img read more

  • Wellington Cub scout signups are this Thursday

    first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Sign ups for Wellington Cub Scout is this Thursday, Sept 17 at the First United Methodist Church, at 202 West Harvey, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.Both boys and girls can join the group. If you’d like more information, contact Floyd Kabureck at 620-326-7155 or send him an email at [email protected] us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Tom Countryman · 256 weeks ago I hope you are able to sign up many boys & girls for this fine program. Scouting builds character! Report Reply 0 replies · active 256 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more