08
MAR
2016

Climate Hub developing alerts for pests, heat stress, El Niño, and more

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by Sarah Wiener The USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub (SERCH) is focused on providing current and applicable climate information to land managers. One of the ways SERCH is accomplishing this is through a tool called SERCH LIGHTS, which is an email alert system that notifies subscribers when a climate-related threat is predicted for their location of choice. The prototype for SERCH LIGHTS is a drought alert that notifies subscribers when drought conditions are expected to change in the...
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18
FEB
2016

Climate Change and Drought

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by Steve McNulty I have given hundreds of presentations to land managers over the years related to climate change impacts and management options. Almost without exception, someone from the audience will approach me after a talk and say, “I don’t know if I believe in climate change, but I really enjoyed your talk.” I don’t focus my talks on “climate change,” rather in the important impacts of climate change, such as drought. Not all land managers are convinced of the reality of...
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16
FEB
2016

No Easy Answers

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by Steve McNulty The other week I attended the annual meeting of the Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association (MACA), and the news was not good. Palmer Amaranth is moving through the Delta region and becoming increasingly herbicide resistant. Commodity prices are down, while supply and equipment prices are up. MACA President Winston Earnheart summed up how consultants can survive, and even thrive, during these tough times in four words: “diversify expertise” and “think critically.”...
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02
FEB
2016

Climate Vulnerabilities of Loblolly Pine, Part II: Precipitation

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by John Hastings This is the second in a two-part blog series by John Hastings, graduate student at North Carolina State University’s Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. John can be reached with questions at jmhastin@ncsu.edu. Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) is the most commercially important tree species in the Southeast U.S. where it occupies over 29 million acres and more than half of the standing pine volume. In addition to being important for soil stability and wood product...
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01
FEB
2016

Southeast Climate at a Glance – 2015 Annual Summary

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by Aurelia Baca Highlights Following a record warm December, 2015 wrapped up with more abnormal climatic conditions. Nearly every state in the Southeast experienced much above normal temperature conditions (Fig. 1) and above average precipitation totals (Fig. 2). Florida, however, was around the precipitation average. Additionally, there were some significant climate anomalies throughout the year. A strong El Niño formed across the equatorial Pacific and peaked towards the end of the year....
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15
JAN
2016

Southeast Climate at a Glance – December 2015

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by Aurelia Baca Following a mild November, December 2015 was also warm and wet across the region. The entire Southeast experienced above average temperatures and precipitation totals during December. In fact, many states set new temperature records. Specifically, nine states set December records for their statewide average temperature, maximum temperature, and minimum temperature. Temperature Summary December temperatures were much above average with some locations reaching the 70s and 80s....
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06
JAN
2016

Caribbean Climate Sub-Hub Releases First in a New Video Series

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by Sarah Wiener, with text and video credits to Caribbean Climate Sub-Hub The Caribbean Climate Sub-Hub (CCSH) recently released the first of four videos, this one covering cattle and dairy farming in the Tropics. The video focuses on adaptation practices for tropical dairy producers. Drought and heat have hit Caribbean producers hard and have had particularly damaging effects on the livestock and dairy industries. As grasses died over the summer due to lack of rain, producers in the US...
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05
JAN
2016

Climate Vulnerabilities of Loblolly Pine, Part I: Temperature

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by John Hastings This is the first in a two-part blog series by John Hastings, graduate student at North Carolina State University’s Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. John can be reached with questions at jmhastin@ncsu.edu. Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) is the most commercially important tree species in the Southeast U.S. where it occupies over 29 million acres and more than half of the standing pine volume. In addition to being important for soil stability and wood...
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21
DEC
2015

SERCH Director Featured on the NC State Extension Master Gardeners Radio Show

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by Jennifer Moore Myers Take a listen as SERCH Director Steve McNulty talks about weather forecasts for the upcoming year and gives tips for home gardens or small farms on the NC State Extension Master Gardeners radio show and podcast.
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