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Drought slowly worsens

first_imgBy David Emory StooksburyUniversity of GeorgiaAthens, Ga. –- As the end of June approaches, drought conditions continue in Georgia. A few places have experienced some relief over the past few weeks from locally heavy rains. But as a whole, the drought continues to slowly worsen statewide.Of Georgia’s 159 counties, 104 are now classified as being in extreme drought, 38 in severe drought, 15 in moderate drought and two in mild drought. This compares to early June, when the numbers of counties in extreme, severe, moderate and mild drought were 95, 49, 12 and three, respectively.Extreme drought conditions have expanded into the northeast Georgia counties of Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe and Stephens. They have also developed in Jones County in central Georgia.The extreme drought now exists in Brooks, Colquitt, Tift, Turner, Crisp, Dooly, Macon, Peach, Bibb, Jones, Putnam, Greene, Oglethorpe and Elbert counties and in all counties north and west of that line. Extreme conditions continue in Atkinson, Ben Hill, Coffee, Irwin and Wilcox counties, too.Severe drought conditions continue in Lowndes, Lanier, Clinch, Ware, Bacon, Jeff Davis, Telfair, Wheeler, Montgomery, Toombs, Tattnall, Evans and Bryan counties and in all counties south and east of that line. Severe conditions also exist in Baldwin, Berrien, Bullock, Candler, Cook, Dodge, Glascock, Hancock, Houston, Pulaski, Taliaferro, Twiggs, Warren and Wilkes counties.Moderate drought conditions have developed in Burke County. They continue in Beckley, Emanuel, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Laurens, Lincoln, McDuffie, Screven, Treutlen, Washington and Wilkinson counties.Chatham and Effingham counties have benefitted from local rains and are now in moderate drought conditions. Columbia and Richmond counties remain in a mild drought.Barry’s benefits fadingIn early June, rains from the remnants of tropical storm Barry brought relief to much of southeast, south-central and east Georgia. However, the benefits are quickly subsiding. Over the past two weeks, many areas that received these rains have had less than 60 percent of normal rains. Some places have had less than 30 percent of normal rains.Stream flows in areas that received the rains from Barry’s remnants are slowly dropping. Many of these streams are at or near the 10th percentile. Daily stream flows are expected be greater in nine out of 10 years at the 10th percentile.Rivers near or below the 10th percentile in southeast Georgia include the Altamaha at Doctortown, Ogeechee near Eden, Satilla at Atkinson and near Waycross and Suwannee at Fargo.Across the remainder of the state, stream flows are at or near record low flows for late June. Daily record low flows for June 25 are being set on the Apalachee River near Bostwick, Chattooga (northeast Georgia) near Clayton, Chattooga (northwest Georgia) near Summerville, Coosa near Rome, Coosawattee near Ellijay, Flint at Newton, Middle Oconee near Athens, Ochlockonee near Thomasville and Oconee at Milledgeville and Dublin.It’s getting worseHigh temperatures have reached into the middle to upper 90s across much of the state during the past week, drying soils and stressing crops and livestock as well as people.Soil moisture levels are below the 5th percentile north and west of a line from Brooks to Bibb to Elbert counties. At the 5th percentile, we would expect more moisture in the soils in 95 of 100 years in late June.In the regions that received rains from Barry, the soil moisture is between the 20th and 33rd percentiles. At these levels we would expect more moisture in the soils in four out of five years and two out of three years, respectively, in late June.Groundwater levels remain low statewide for this time of the year. Most monitoring wells are near or below the lowest level expected during the year. Water levels in wells continue to drop, even in the areas that had heavy rain earlier in the month.No widespread relief is seen in the foreseeable future. In July and August, the best hope for widespread drought relief is from tropical weather systems. Without tropical systems, we can expect the drought to worsen over the next two months.If dry conditions continue, high temperatures between 100 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit could become common in the piedmont region of Georgia. Highs between 103 and 108 could be common in the coastal plain. Even the immediate coast and the mountains could have temperatures in the middle 90s.Get updated drought information at www.georgiadrought.org. The state drought Web site includes information on how to deal with the drought.Updated weather information is at www.georgiaweather.net. This University of Georgia network has 71 automated weather stations statewide.(David Emory Stooksbury is the state climatologist and a professor of engineering and atmospheric sciences in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Syracuse fails to capitalize, gets shutout by Bemidji State, 5-0

first_img Published on September 30, 2017 at 6:31 pm Contact Adam: [email protected] | @_adamhillman Syracuse (0-1-1) lost to Bemidji State (1-0-1), 5-0, in its second game of the season at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minnesota. Syracuse was outmatched in almost every facet, getting outshot and penalized more than the Beavers.After a 0-0 draw on Friday, the Orange never found its rhythm in a tough afternoon outing. BSU outshot SU by 10 and consistently fooled senior goalie Abbey Miller en route to a five-goal performance.Forty seconds into the game, the Orange found itself down via an Emma Terres goal. In the first period, the Beavers dominated possession and saw Terres beat Miller twice in 11 minutes. A Bemidji State penalty six minutes into the frame allowed a brief stretch of control for the Orange, but its inability to convert was ultimately Syracuse’s downfall.While only getting outshot by five in the second period, the Orange still failed to execute on the other side of the ice. Syracuse committed two penalties and allowed one goal in the second 20 minutes.Down 3-0 entering the second period, the outlook was grim for SU.Just over a minute into the third period, the Beavers ended any chance of a comeback with an even strength goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile Syracuse tallied more faceoff wins than the Beavers, the Orange’s inability to capitalize on power plays and other quality chances was the difference.The Orange are back in action on Friday, Oct. 6, at 4 p.m. against Wisconsin. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

EPL: Sunderland’s Victory Relegates Newcastle, Norwich

first_imgThe Toffees have picked up only six points from their past 10 league matches and the Spaniard is likely to face an uncomfortable final game of the season in front of disgruntled crowd at Goodison Park.In contrast, Allardyce will be able to take his side to Watford on Sunday unburdened by the relegation fears that have surrounded the club since his appointment in October.Sunderland’s survival was built on several key decisions this season, none more significant than the appointment of Allardyce after Dick Advocaat resigned following eight games without a win to start the campaign.Hardened to the fight from his experiences at Bolton and Blackburn and with time on his side, the 61-year-old has steadily built a disciplined and spirited side, sprinkled with match-winners.It has not always been smooth sailing – notably during a five-game losing streak at the end of last year – but since February they have been more consistent and possessing of far greater fight than their main relegation rivals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sunderland sealed their Premier League safety and relegated Norwich and local rivals Newcastle with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Everton. Norwich’s 4-2 defeat of Watford had no value. Liverpool and Chelsea ended their midweek clash one-all.Defender Lamine Kone struck twice from close range after Patrick van Aanholt scored with a 25-yard free-kick that was misjudged by keeper Joel Robles.Victory capped an impressive revival by Sam Allardyce’s side, who has lost only two of their past 13 games.Everton were dire, heaping more pressure on boss Roberto Martinez.last_img read more