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Agricultural News for Farmers and Agribusiness in SW Georgia

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Posted by romeethredge on December 4, 2013

Here’s an outlook by Florida State Climatologist David Zierden from Tallahassee.

Weather patterns this year for the upcoming winter are prone to be more variable, with swings between warmer, colder, wetter, and drier periods throughout the season. The reason is that the Pacific Ocean is currently in the neutral phase; meaning sea surface temperatures near the equator in eastern and central Pacific Ocean are close to normal. Winter weather and climate patterns in Florida and the Southeast are heavily influenced by the El Niño/La Niña cycle. With neither El Niño nor La Niña in place this year, the jet streams are freer to meander over North America, leading to greater variability in temperature and rainfall from week to week. When looking at the winter as a whole, the seasonal temperature and rainfall is likely to be close to normal. Instead of the odds being heavily tipped towards wetter and colder or drier and warmer, all possibilities are equally likely in a neutral winter.

Here are his comments about this past summer’s weather.

Rainfall this past summer in the Southeast has been frequent, widespread, and heavy at times. From South Florida to the Panhandle and Southeast Alabama and even western and central Carolinas, both the month of July and the three months of June through August rank among the wettest ever with many stations setting records. Many locations recorded over 30 inches of rain in the three months, over half the annual average. The rainfall was not only heavy and widespread, but also frequent, occurring nearly daily. In the month of July, many locations in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia recorded rainfall on 25 of the 31 days in the month. Unlike many summers with heavy rainfall in Florida, tropical systems were not the primary cause.  

Here’s the link to the Florida Climate Center’s site

Pam Knox, UGA Agricultural Climatologist has this to say ,”With record-breaking low and high temperatures, November’s climate report may offer a fair preview of this winter’s projected, erratic weather patterns.”

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2013 Hurricane Season Review

November 30th marked the official end to the 2013 Hurricane Season. This hurricane season had the fewest number of hurricanes since 1982, with only 13 named storms. Only two of those (Ingrid and Humberto) became hurricanes, and only one storm (Tropical Storm Andrea) made landfall in the U.S. The forecasts at the beginning of the season predicted a very active season, but the number of actual hurricanes and major hurricanes were well below normal.

To find out more about the season, you can read the official press release from NOAA at:

In addition, the National Hurricane Center will be putting together Tropical Cyclone Reports for all of the 2013 storms. Once they have finalized an in-depth report on an individual storm, it will be posted on the following website:



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