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Extremely Active Atlantic Hurricane Forecast Maintained

Dan CooperCitrus, Specialty Crops, Weather

Colorado State University (CSU) hurricane researchers in June maintained their April forecast for an extremely active Atlantic hurricane season in 2024. The maintained forecast for the 2024 season, with the average for 1991-2020 in parentheses, is: The researchers also maintained the probabilities for at least one major hurricane landfall on each of the following coastal areas: “This forecast is of …


Rainy Forecast: Persistent Showers Expected to Continue

Dan CooperWeather

Persistent rainfall that has drenched parts of the Southeast is not expected to change anytime soon, according to one weather expert. Rains should stay consistent in the region for the foreseeable future, says Pam Knox, University of Georgia (UGA) Extension agricultural climatologist. “When you look at the medium-range and long-range models, I don’t see a big shift to drier conditions; …


Drought Monitor: Dry Conditions Worsening in Southern Florida

Dan CooperDrought, Weather

The lack of rainfall continues to be observed in the central and southern regions of Florida, while Georgia and Alabama are mostly enjoying sufficient moisture, according to Thursday’s release of the U.S. Drought Monitor. Moderate and severe drought conditions dominate the central and southern areas of Florida. Severe drought starts as far north as Hillsborough, Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, Osceola and …


Rain, Rain, Rain: Wet Weather Impacting Central Alabama Strawberries, Peaches

Dan CooperAlabama, Peaches, Strawberries, Weather

Central Alabama peach and strawberry producers have been challenged with rain events that are impacting this year’s crops. Disease pressure has been widespread in both crops, according to David Lawrence, regional Extension agent in central Alabama. “We’ve seen a lot of disease this year. The diseases that we normally see more in the mid-summer, we’re seeing those this time of …

UGA Climatologist: More Storm Activity Expected in the Gulf, Along East Coast

Clint ThompsonWeather

By Clint Thompson Colorado State University’s forecast of 23 named storms and 11 hurricanes for this tropical season are significantly more than the average from the previous 30 years. Pam Knox, University of Georgia (UGA) Extension agricultural climatologist, noted in her UGA Climate and Agriculture Blog that the average number of storms from 1991-2020 was 14.4 and hurricanes were 7.2. …

Drought Monitor Update: Minimal Dry Conditions Observed Across Southeast

Clint ThompsonWeather

Most of the Southeast region has sufficient moisture. The only abnormally dry conditions are seen in part of Florida and North Carolina, according to the most recent release of the U.S. Drought Monitor. Multiple counties in southern Florida are abnormally dry. The dry conditions start as far north as Brevard, Osceola, Polk and Hillsborough counties and stretch southward to Charlotte, …

How Much Longer Before Neutral Weather Conditions?

Clint ThompsonWeather

By Clint Thompson El Niño flexed its muscle during the winter and early spring. Cold, wet conditions have been prevalent across the Southeast. But how much longer will it last and what exactly are neutral conditions that weather experts project El Niño to transition into? Pam Knox, University of Georgia (UGA) Extension agricultural climatologist, provides an answer. “Think of it …

Typical El Niño Winter Drenched Most of SE

Clint ThompsonWeather

By Clint Thompson Specialty crop growers knew heading into this season that it had the potential to be cold and wet. In certain areas across the Southeast (SE), this year’s El Niño did not disappoint. It was so wet across Alabama, Florida and Georgia that the mostly dry conditions that were present last fall quickly disappeared. In the most recent …

Rainy Season: El Niño Hanging Around

Clint ThompsonWeather

By Clint Thompson Wet weather conditions are expected to remain across the Southeast through April, believes Pam Knox, University of Georgia Extension agricultural climatologist. “It was a really strong El Niño, so it’s going to take a while for it to decay and go away. We can expect impacts like this to linger for probably at least the next couple …

La Niña Effect: Warmer, Drier Conditions Expected Next Winter

Clint ThompsonWeather

By Clint Thompson The cold temperatures and wetter weather conditions that were felt this winter across the Southeast are likely to be replaced with warmer temperatures and drier conditions next winter, believes Pam Knox, University of Georgia Extension agricultural climatologist. It coincides with a La Niña weather pattern that is opposite the current El Niño that’s been observed the last …