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first_imgWhile our neighbor to the northeast, South Carolina, was left reeling from October’s floods, parts of Georgia were left with less rain than normal. Rainfall amounts varied dramatically across the Southeast. For instance, Charleston, South Carolina, received 18.91 inches during October, while four hours away Savannah, Georgia, received just one-tenth of that. The difference is remarkable and shows how localized the rain from the South Carolina flood event was. Georgia luckily avoided most of the problems associated with the flooding in South Carolina. The heaviest rain in Georgia from this event occurred in the northeastern mountains. Local stream flooding occurred in some locations, but was much less than the extensive flooding that occurred in South Carolina. Farmers were generally thankful for the drier conditions they saw last month. Wet conditions helped ease drought conditions in parts of the state but also caused boll rot in some cotton plants and caused hay to rot in the fields. The rest of the month was quite dry, which allowed farmers to harvest cotton and peanuts and cure hay for the winter. At the end of the month, farmers were waiting for rain to return, so they could start planting winter cover crops and small grains. The highest monthly total precipitation recorded by National Weather Service stations was 6.43 inches in Rome, Georgia — 2.57 inches above normal — and the lowest was in Albany, Georgia, at 0.65 inches — 1.94 inches below normal. Atlanta received 2.55 inches, 0.86 inches below normal; Athens, Georgia, received 5 inches, 1.45 inches above normal; Columbus, Georgia, received 1.07 inches, 1.51 inches below normal; Macon, Georgia, received 1.7 inches, 1.09 inches below normal; Savannah, Georgia, received 1.78 inches, 1.91 inches below normal; Augusta, Georgia, received 4.62 inches, 1.35 inches above normal; Alma, Georgia, received 3.26 inches, 0.23 inches above normal; and Valdosta, Georgia, received 1.73 inches, 1.47 inches below normal. Two daily rainfall records were set in October. Alma received 2.51 inches on Oct. 1, breaking the old record of 0.58 inches set in 1989. Brunswick, Georgia, received 3.38 inches on the same date, surpassing the old record of 0.76 inches set in 1957. The highest single-day rainfall amounts recorded by Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network stations were recorded on Oct. 4 in conjunction with the South Carolina flood event. The highest rainfall amount in the state was 5.2 inches, observed northeast of Hartwell, Georgia, in Hart County on Oct. 4, followed by 5.14 inches received west of Dahlonega, Georgia, in Lumpkin County and 4.91 inches received near Sylvania, Georgia, in Screven County. The highest monthly total rainfall was 14.07 inches, observed northeast of Dillard, Georgia, in Lumpkin County. Only two isolated wind damage reports were made in October, both on the first day of the month, but there were a few unofficial reports of wind damage on Oct. 7 in Athens where wind combined with water-logged soil to topple a handful of trees — damaging houses and causing isolated power outages. Temperatures across the state were close to average compared to the western half of the country, which had well-above-normal temperatures. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 64.1 degrees Fahrenheit, 0.8 degrees above normal; in Athens, 62.2 F, 0.8 degrees below normal; in Columbus, 66.5 F, 0 degrees below normal; in Macon, 64.3 F, 0.6 degrees below normal; in Savannah, 68.2 F, 0.3 degrees above normal; in Brunswick, 70.2 F, 0 degrees below normal; in Alma, 68.3 F, 0.1 degrees below normal; in Augusta, 64 F, 0.4 degrees below normal; in Albany, 69 F, 0.9 degrees above normal; in Rome, 61.8 F, 0.6 degrees above normal; and in Valdosta, 70.2 F, 1.5 degrees above normal. In general, the warmest temperatures were in areas where the precipitation was lowest. One daily temperature record was broken in October. Alma reported a low of 39 F on Oct. 19, breaking the old record of 40 F, set in 2009. Macon also tied a record high of 88 F on Oct. 16, matching the observation from 1971. The outlook for November shows an increased chance of warmer and wetter-than-usual conditions across the state, which should aid in the removal of drought throughout the state. For more information, visit the Climate and Agriculture in the South East (CASE) blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/climate/ or visit our new Web page at gaclimate.org. Please feel free to email your weather and climate impacts on agriculture to share on the blog to [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgSubsea services provider Bibby Offshore has appointed Dorothy Shepherd as General Manager for its renewable energy division.In her new role, Shepherd will be instrumental in the delivery of new business in the renewables sector, Bibby Offshore said.The position includes supporting existing business development efforts, while collaborating with Bibby Offshore’s sister companies Bibby Marine Services, which offers SOV and Walk to Work vessels, and Bibby HydroMap, a provider of seabed survey services.Shepherd said: “I am confident my knowledge will help to identify new opportunities in the renewables market and deliver the strategic results required for long-term success.”The appointment follows the formation of Bibby Offshore’s new business optimization team, led by Graeme Wood, as part of the company’s strategic growth strategy.Graeme Wood, Business Optimization Director at Bibby Offshore, said: “Renewables has been a key element of Bibby Offshore’s strategic growth plan for a number of years, and Shepherd’s appointment demonstrates the importance that we attribute to this market as a potential source of revenue in the future.”last_img read more

first_imgDr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh has said that Tuesday’s decision by the Liberian Senate to endorse the December 16, 2014 timetable by the National Elections Commission (NEC) for the Special Senatorial Elections amounts to “lowering itself”.According to Dr. Tipoteh, a twice defeated presidential candidate, NEC through a communication asked the Liberian Senate for approval of a date to hold the Special Senatorial Elections, because the electoral body holds the view that its request was the legal action to take.The Senate, in the view of Dr. Tipoteh, began considering the request of NEC because it was of the opinion that NEC had taken the appropriate legal action.Surprisingly, Dr. Tipoteh pointed out, NEC went ahead implementing its plan to hold elections without the Senate’s approval, by announcing the beginning of electoral campaigning on Thursday, November 20, 2014.More surprising, Dr. Tipoteh observed, is the approval of the request of NEC after that body had begun the implementation of its plan to hold the Senatorial Elections.He insisted, in a text message to this newspaper yesterday, that NEC’s action to proceed with its plan prior to receiving the requested approval of the Senate means that NEC considers the Senate’s approval to be “unnecessary and irrelevant.”Therefore, Dr. Tipoteh concluded that the Senate lowered itself by allowing NEC to proceed with the elections without the approval of the Senate, especially after NEC had publicly sought that body’s approval of its elections plan.Meanwhile, some of the 12 Senators who are contenders for their second term, will be clearing their desks today during the 79th day sitting of the Senate, some, if not all, for the last time. They journey to their respective counties as campaigning kicks off today in earnest.Grand Kru County Senator Cletus Segbe Wotorson, who served as Pro Tempore in the 52nd Senate, is calling it a day after serving in several governments for over 50 years.Senator Frederick Doe Cherue of River Gee, who is one of the renowned lawyers of the country, and Isaac Nyenabo of Grand Gedeh County are also not standing for re-election. Nyenabo has been nominated by President Sirleaf to serve as Ambassador to the European Union and Brussels.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgATHENS (AP). NBA stars Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks battled it out in Athens in a game of streetball Sunday, watched by a crowd of 5,000.Played in an open court in Greece’s largest public high school, the “Antetokounbros Streetball Event” ended 123-123. No overtime was played.Porzingis scored 21 points but was overshadowed by team member Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Giannis’ older brother, who scored 69. The two had played for a few games together last season, when Thanasis was signed by the Knicks on a 10-day contract. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the other team with 64 points. The other players were a mixture of veteran pros and amateurs.On Saturday, Porzingis and the Antetonkoumpo brothers were given a private tour of the Acropolis Museum.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more