Hot and Humid

first_imgJuly saw the return of normal summertime temperatures to Georgia, but those normal summertime temperatures are still punishingly hot.Despite the heat, farmers were pleased with the rainfall amounts and say they expect very good harvests of crops like cotton, soybeans and peanuts. The heat and high humidity fueled scattered summer thunderstorms, and hail and strong winds caused some damage to fields scattered around the state.Brunswick, Georgia, saw the highest average monthly temperature: 83.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 0.05 of a degree above normal. Athens, Georgia, saw the lowest monthly average: 79.7 F, 0.9 of a degree above normal. No daily temperature records were set in July.Across the state, average temperatures ranged from 1 degree below normal to 1 degree above normal, depending on the area of the state.Albany, Georgia, had a monthly average of 82.9 F, 0.5 of a degree below normal.Alma, Georgia, had a monthly average of 83 F, 1 degree above normal.Atlanta had a monthly average of 80.8 F, 0.6 of a degree above normal.Augusta, Georgia, had a monthly average of 81.1 F, 0.5 of a degree above normal.Columbus, Georgia, had a monthly average of 82.4, 0.1 of a degree below normal.Macon, Georgia, had a monthly average of 81.3 F, 0.5 of a degree below normal.Savannah, Georgia, had a monthly average of 83 F, 0.4 of a degree above normal.Rome, Georgia, had a monthly average of 80.5 F, 0.9 of a degree above normal.Valdosta, Georgia, had a monthly average of 80.5 F, 0.9 of a degree below normal.Precipitation was scattered across the state in July.Atlanta saw the highest monthly total precipitation, according to National Weather Service reporting stations: 8.04 inches, 2.77 inches above normal. The lowest was in Augusta: 3.13 inches, 1.20 inches below normal.Athens received 4.98 inches, 0.51 of an inch above normal.Columbus received 5 inches, 0.24 of an inch above normal.Macon received 6.37 inches, 1.42 inches above normal.Savannah received 5.54 inches, 0.06 of an inch below normal.Alma received 6.15 inches, 0.82 of an inch above normal.Brunswick received 4.74 inches, 0.66 of an inch above normal.Valdosta received 7.52 inches, 0.89 of an inch above normal.Albany received 7.19 inches, 1.73 inches above normal.Rome received 3.22 inches, 1.10 inches below normal.Two precipitation records were set this month at National Weather Service stations.Atlanta reported a daily value of 3 inches in precipitation on July 14, breaking its old daily record of 2.77 inches, set in 1954. Alma reported 2.7 inches of precipitation on July 7, breaking its old record of 1.68 inches, set in 2000. Alma also reported that 2.5 inches of its July 7 total fell in one hour, the highest all-time one-hour rainfall total recorded in Alma in July.The highest daily rainfall total recorded by Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network observers in July was 4.14 inches, which was recorded near Loganville, Georgia, in Gwinnett County on July 14. Two separate locations recorded 3.97 inches: one near Waynesboro, Georgia, in Burke County on July 27 and one west of Savannah in Chatham County on July 21. The highest monthly total recorded was 14.61 inches, which was measured near Darien, Georgia, in McIntosh County, followed by 14.30 inches and 13.84 inches measured by observers south and east of Savannah, respectively.Because of the adequate rainfall and cooler temperatures, no drought or abnormally dry conditions were reported in the state in July.High winds were reported on 15 days during July. Golf-ball-sized hail fell near Athens on July 21 and was accompanied by strong winds that toppled many trees in the area.On the same day, tennis-ball-sized hail was reported in Dacula, Georgia. A 2.5-inch hailstone was the second-largest hailstone observed in July in Georgia since records began in 1950. The Dacula hailstone tied with a 2.5-inch hailstone reported on July 14, 2004, in Blue Ridge, Georgia. The largest hailstone ever reported in Georgia was a 2.75-inch hailstone reported on July 20, 1998, in Austell, Georgia.An EF-1 tornado was observed on Oatland and Whitemarsh Islands near Savannah in Chatham County on July 27. A report is available from the National Weather Service: outlook for August and for August through October shows slightly enhanced chances for above-normal temperatures in most of the state through October and equal chances of above-, near- or below-normal temperatures in August.For more information, visit the Climate and Agriculture in the South East blog at as well as Facebook at Southeast Ag Climate and on Twitter at @SE_AgClimate. Please feel free to email your weather and climate impacts on agriculture to share on the blog to [email protected]last_img read more


Onyekuru Calls Odemwingie for Advice

first_imgHenry Onyekuru has reportedly sought for the advice of Osaze Peter Odemwingie over his potential move to England this summer.Arsenal, Birmingham City, Newcastle United and West Ham United have been heavily linked with a move for the 20-year-old Nigerian winger.Odemwingie, who now plays in the Indonesian top division with Madura United, lifted the lid that Onyekuru “rang me up asking for help and advice” about moving to England when news first broke about interest in him from Scottish giants Celtic.The former West Brom man also took time to explain that Onyekuru is in hot demand considering the stats he amass for himself with Belgian side KAS Eupen last season.“I think the numbers speak for themselves. I don’t know him much really. He rang me asking for help and advice in the last window in January. He told me there was an option with Celtic and options here and there.“I said if you want to play in the Premier League, which is where every player should aim at at some point in his career, coming to Scotland means you’re one step closer and people will easily send scouts to watch you there.“And the work permit issue will be less difficult because he is still part of the UK.“There is interest in him because he scores a lot of goals. I don’t know if in England physicality might be a problem for him, but he’s quite mobile and quick so maybe he can do it over here,” said the 35-year-old forward to the Birmingham Mail.Onyekuru who scored 24 goals for Eupen last term will now make a decision on his future in the coming days after reports suggest he has been issued a United Kingdom visa this week. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


A Heartland Approach to Energy Efficiency

first_imgAfter a tornado decimated the town in 2007, many builders and designers involved in the reconstruction of Greensburg, Kansas, aimed for green standards that included energy efficient performance significantly above code requirements. But as a recent New York Times feature noted, it doesn’t take a natural disaster – or the threat of one – to propel Kansans toward energy conservation.Instead, folks in this part of the Midwest, where roughly half the population is skeptical about climate change, have been motivated by initiatives that highlight potential savings on energy costs and the prospect of reducing dependence on foreign sources of fossil fuels – and on the use of fossil fuels in general.An important developer of these initiatives has been the Climate and Energy Project, an energy efficiency advocacy group based in Lawrence, and collaborating organizations such as Kansas Interfaith Power & Light, which encourages environmental stewardship among Kansas congregations, and local utilities.A power-saving playThe Climate and Energy Project, for example, sponsored a competition among six towns whose residents where challenged to implement energy-conservation measures, including the adoption of renewable-energy strategies. The remarkable thing is that the competition, called the Take Charge Challenge, produced significant, positive results: energy-use reduction of 6 million kWh – about 5% overall – by the time the yearlong competition ended last spring. What’s more, an annual reduction of 7 million kWh was locked in through the installation of permanent energy-saving measures such as interruptible thermostats, more-efficient air-conditioning systems, and relatively low-cost weatherization improvements. Utilities subsidized some of the improvements, including the cost of compact fluorescent lamps.As noted in a recent Fine Homebuilding post, the Take Charge Challenge was included among 14 case studies presented in a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report published last month, titled “Driving Demand for Home Energy Improvements.”The Climate and Energy Project, the Times story added, will use a recent grant from the Kansas Energy Office to coordinate another competition, this one among 16 cities in 2011.last_img read more


San Beda loss woke up Letran, says Quinto

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Maybe, the Lord really wanted those games for us,” he said.The Knights will next brace for contenders San Sebastian and Lyceum for their upcoming games next week. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “This started from the game against San Beda. They woke us up so that we’ll get a chance to the Final Four,” he said.From a 1-3 record, Letran has nabbed wins over Arellano, St. Benilde, and the latest, a 63-61 squeaker over Perpetual on Friday to rise to solo third place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThrough that stretch, the Knights have also unearthed valuable contributors from the bench like Jeremiah Taladua, King Caralipio, and Christian Balagasay.Quinto himself has found a way to be more effective as he let senior Rey Nambatac took much of the mantle. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Bong Quinto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter three straight wins, Letran seems to be finally getting its groove  midway through the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.Bong Quinto believes that the Knights’ disheartening 81-74 loss to San Beda two weeks back was the turning point for them as they took the defeat to their fierce rivals to heart.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical adviserscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo #KicksStalker: Kyrie Irving, Kobe Bryant collaborate for Kyrie 3 ‘Bruce Lee’ “I saw that the defense of our opponents is really focusing on Rey, so I thought that I needed to help him and I do that on defense,” he said.The 20-year-old, though, isn’t letting up on his offense and on Friday, Quinto tallied 14 points, nine rebounds, and three assists, including the game-winning drive with 12.6 seconds left to push his side up by two.But Quinto still shared the credit to Nambatac, who trusted him the rock in the waning seconds of the game.“Maybe it just so happened that I got the ball. It wouldn’t have happened if Rey didn’t trust me enough, so I didn’t want to fail him,” he said.Quinto is optimistic that just like this game, chips will continue to fall on Letran’s way going forward.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


10 months agoValencia coach Marcelino wants to send Batshuayi back to Chelsea

first_imgValencia coach Marcelino wants to send Batshuayi back to Chelseaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia want to cut short the loan of Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.AS says the decision was made a month ago, with the Belgian failing to convince coach Marcelino and Los Che directors.Batshuayi had joined Valencia on a season-long loan, with a permanent option of €35m. But now VCF want to send him back to Chelsea next month.They paid €3m for the 12-month loan.The decision is being driven by Marcelino, who wants a more mobile and aggressive centre-forward to lead his attack. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img


10 months agoMan Utd legend Neville: Pogba best midfielder in Europe

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Pogba best midfielder in Europeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba is the best midfielder in Europe, according to Manchester United legend Gary Neville. Things are looking up for Pobga following the departure of manager Jose Mourinho. The Frenchman looks a different player under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, having scored twice in the 3-1 win over Huddersfield on Boxing Day.And Neville thinks his form will only improve under the Norwegian.He told BBC’s Match of the Day: “You play for Man United and you talk of freedom of expression, exciting football, go out there and score goals, attacking football, play with a smile on your face and it starts with the manager. “Ole over the last couple of games has been really happy, saying the right things. “They had the best player on the pitch and probably the best midfielder in Europe on his day in Paul Pogba who has had a disappointing, horrendous last 18 months at the club because of the fall-out with the manager.”It looked like the shackles were off, playing with that freedom of expression, anything is possible type attitude, playing with arrogance. The passing was back to his best. “Look, he is the best player at the club when he is at his best and with performances like this he should be a 12-15 goal a season person – he hasn’t been that in his career so far but he can be.” last_img read more


10 months agoOFF! Crystal Palace pull out of deal for Liverpool striker Solanke

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say OFF! Crystal Palace pull out of deal for Liverpool striker Solankeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have pulled out of their deal for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke.BBC Sport reports Solanke’s proposed loan move to Crystal Palace is off because of concerns over his fitness.Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed the 21-year-old was a target for the January transfer window on Sunday.But Solanke has not made a first-team appearance for Liverpool this season and was ruled out of recent matches because of a muscle problem.Palace need a striker who is available to play immediately. last_img


Video: Michigan State’s Breslin Center Is Packed, Welcoming Spartans Back After Final 4 Berth

first_imgMichigan State fans pack Breslin Center to welcome Spartans after Final Four berth.They’re throwing quite a celebration party at the Breslin Center tonight. Michigan State’s men’s basketball team, which clinched a berth into the Final Four earlier this afternoon with a victory against Louisville in the Elite Eight in Syracuse, is back in East Lansing. Tom Izzo’s squad was welcomed home by thousands of roaring fans at their arena.   Michigan State is set to face Duke in the Final Four in Indianapolis on Saturday.last_img


Video: Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman Has Iowa In His CFP Field Over Ohio State, Michigan State

first_imgBruce Feldman being interviewed on Fox Sports about his College Football field.YouTubeFox Sports’ national college football writer Bruce Feldman made an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd today. While on the air, Cowherd put Feldman on the spot and asked for his College Football Playoff foursome, as of right now.Feldman declared he would vote for Clemson, LSU, Baylor and Iowa, based off resume. He chose the Hawkeyes over fellow unbeatens Ohio State and Michigan State and went on to highlight Iowa’s win over Northwestern, which beat Stanford, another playoff hopeful.  Feldman did qualify his position as picking who he felt was “most deserving” as opposed to “the best teams.” He said if the latter were his criteria, Iowa would be third in the Big Ten pecking order behind the Buckeyes and Spartans. Somehow, we still don’t think that will make OSU or MSU fans feel any better about his opinion. Here’s the video of Feldman and Cowherd breaking down the CFP. Come for the out-of-the-box projections from Feldman, stay for him accidentally referring to Cowherd as “Clay” when he clearly mixed him up with Clay Travis. last_img read more