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As part of the Southeast Climate Extension project whose goal is to advance climate extension in agriculture, we have developed a new website which should serve as a clearinghouse for information on climate and weather in Georgia.  The website is:  www.GaClimate.org

The website provides the following information:

  1. A daily blog post on climate and weather from our agricultural climatologist, Pam Knox.
  2. A news feed of climate-related stories relevant to agriculture.
  3. Links to Extension fact sheets on climate (see link at top of page)
  4. A glossary of relevant terms (see link at top of page)
  5. State maps of 14 environmental parameters including soil temperature, soil moisture, air temperature, precipitation, wind direction, etc. from the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network (GAEMN).  The maps are created by Dr. Ian Flitcroft’s group with data collected from GAEMN weather stations.  The maps can be copied for use in presentations, etc. by right-clicking on the map. The maps are:
    1. 12 maps showing current conditions
    2. 14 maps showing yesterday’s average conditions
  6. Links to a variety of useful tools such as a Degree Day Calculator, Freeze Risk Probabilities, Chilling Hours Calculator, and many others.
  7. Current drought conditions in Georgia from the U.S. Drought Monitor
  8. El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate phase forecast.Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 10.15.55 AM (3)

The website is fully accessible from all internet-capable devices including smartphones.  When accessing the website with your smartphone for the first time, it will give you the option of creating an app icon on your phone’s desktop so that you can easily access the site (scroll all the way to the bottom for this option).

Please visit the website, use it frequently, and let us know what else we can add to make it more functional and useful to you in your daily work.  And of course, if you have questions about any of the material on the website, please do not hesitate to ask.  Please distribute this message to your stakeholders.

The Southeast Climate Extension project is led by Dr. Clyde Fraisse at the University of Florida and is funded by a grant from USDA-NIFA.  You can find more information about the project at http://www.agroclimate.org/seclimate

The GaClimate.org website is a cooperative effort between www.AgroClimate.org, GAEMN, and the Southeast Climate Consortium. 

–Dr. George Vellidis

Crop and Soil Sciences Department

University of Georgia

2360 Rainwater Road

Tifton, GA 31793-5766