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Agricultural News for Farmers and Agribusiness in SW Georgia

Dry October

Posted by romeethredge on November 11, 2013

October is usually dry and it was again this year even after a very wet summer. At the Donalsonville weather station we got half an inch in the whole month when we normally get over 2 inches for the month of October. You can see on the chart from , the October rain for the past 2 years and the historical average. Fullscreen capture 11112013 104815 AM

We are still on track for a record rain year however, with 69.55 inches recorded at the airport for the year so far and our average for this point in the year 45 inches, so we are still 24 inches ahead for the year.

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Here’s some more info from across Georgia from UGA Climatologist, Pam Knox.

After an extremely wet summer, Georgians saw the return of abnormally dry conditions in October.

Some areas of the state saw less than 25 percent of their normal rainfall during October, and other areas saw only one day of measurable rainfall. The only exceptions were in the metro-Atlanta area and a small area near the coast, halfway between Savannah and Brunswick.

The abnormally dry conditions prevented farmers from planting small grains and compounded damage to pastures that were stressed by heavy rain during the summer months. Conditions also stopped peanut harvest in some areas and delayed planting of winter pastures. Frosts and freezes ended the growing season across the northern region of the state and affected some areas in central Georgia as well.

The dry conditions also resulted in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reducing outflows from their reservoirs along the Savannah River basin.

While farmers worked around the dry conditions, they were still coping with the effects of the abnormally wet summer.

The cool spring, followed by frequent rains, made pecans susceptible to scab and reduced the expected yield from 90 million pounds to 65 million pounds. Farmers noted that they had to spray about 20 times to keep the scab in check, compared to a typical eight to 10 times per season.

October’s highest monthly total precipitation reported by National Weather Service stations was 2.57 inches in Atlanta (still .84 inches below normal). Savannah received the least amount of rain with only .23 inches (3.46 inches below normal); Augusta received .36 inches (2.91 below normal); Athens received 1.27 inches (2.28 below normal); Columbus received .45 inches (2.13 below normal); Alma received .72 inches (2.31 below normal); Brunswick received 1.17 inches (3.29 below normal); and Macon received .61 inches (2.18 below normal).

Savannah experienced its eighth driest October in 143 years, and the driest October since 2001, when only .16 inches of rain were observed. Columbus experienced its tenth driest and tenth warmest October in 67 years of record. No extreme temperatures or daily precipitation records were broken.




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