Fueled by warmer-than-normal temperatures, summer thunderstorms blanketed the state this June, producing heavy rain and flooding in some areas while leaving other areas dry.The wet conditions early in the month forced some farmers to switch from peanuts to soybeans or cotton. As things dried out later in the month, farmers hurried to get their last crops in the ground and spray for weeds and fungal diseases whenever the rain allowed.Hay showed strong growth from all of the rain and the increase in sunshine from May’s cloudy conditions, and producers worked hard to harvest it during the drier periods. The wet weather also caused some problems with wheat sprouting, reducing quality and prices.While the thunderstorms did not spawn any tornadoes, high straight-line winds were reported on June 20. Some of those were isolated incidents, but many covered significant swaths of the state. Hail was observed on three days but was mostly small in size.Sadly, a Texas teenager died when a June 25 storm caused a tree to fall on a tent at a Boy Scout encampment in Newton County, Georgia.Despite the heavy rainfall in some areas of the state, some counties in the southern half of Georgia received less than their normal rainfall, but no drought or abnormally dry conditions were reported.The highest monthly total precipitation recorded by a National Weather Service station was 7.28 inches in Athens, Georgia, 3.1 inches above normal. The lowest was in Savannah, Georgia, where the station recorded 2.57 inches, 3.38 inches below normal.Alma, Georgia, received 4.45 inches, 0.93 of an inch below normal.Albany, Georgia, received 3.08 inches, 1.86 inches below normal.Atlanta received 3.86 inches, 0.09 of an inch below normal.Augusta, Georgia, received 5.19 inches, 0.47 of an inch above normal.Brunswick, Georgia, received 3.52 inches, 1.32 inches below normal.Columbus, Georgia, received 5.74 inches, 2.02 inches above normal.Macon, Georgia, received 3.32 inches, 0.74 of an inch below normal.Rome, Georgia, received 4.71 inches, 0.61 of an inch above normal.Valdosta, Georgia, received 5.79 inches, 0.27 of an inch below normal.One precipitation record was set on June 24 when Augusta received 1.57 inches of rain, breaking the old record of 1.35 inches set in 1884.The highest daily rainfall total was reported by a Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) observer was 7.75 inches near Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia, in White County. This rain fell on the afternoon and evening of May 31, but was properly reported as a 24-hour total on the morning of June 1. A lot of local flooding was seen with this downpour.This was followed by 5.55 inches recorded at Thomson, Georgia, in McDuffie County on June 27 and 3.64 inches reported on June 3 in Darien, Georgia, in McIntosh County.The Sautee Nacoochee observer also had the highest monthly total with 12.33 inches reported. It was followed by 12.08 inches measured at Winder, Georgia, in Barrow County and 9.24 inches in Ringgold, Georgia, in Catoosa County.While the state was slightly warmer than normal in June, no temperature records were broken. Brunswick tied its record highs on June 11 with 98 degrees Fahrenheit, which previously occurred in 2009, and on June 23 with 96 F, which previously occurred in 1950.Monthly averages in select cities were as follows: Albany, 82.7 F, 2.1 degrees above normal; Alma, 82 F, 2.3 degrees above normal; Athens, 79.3 F, 1.8 degrees above normal; Atlanta, 79.8 F, 2.5 degrees above normal; Augusta, 80.4 F, 1.8 degrees above normal; Brunswick, 82.5, 2.2 degrees above normal; Columbus, 81.5, 1.6 degrees above normal; Macon, 80.5 F, 1.6 degrees above normal; Savannah, 82.1 F, 2.3 degrees above normal; Rome, 79 F, 3 degrees above normal; and Valdosta, 80.1 F, 0.7 of a degree above normal.The outlook for July shows that warmer and wetter conditions are likely to continue, although cooler temperatures may return later in the month. For the July through September period, the climate predictions continue to lean toward above-normal temperatures. Precipitation forecasts show equal chances of above, below or near-normal rainfall due to the expected switch from neutral to El Nino conditions later in summer. This could help suppress the development of tropical storms in the Atlantic Basin.For more information, see the Climate and Agriculture in the South East blog at site.extension.uga.edu/climate/. Email [email protected] to share your weather and climate impacts on agriculture on the blog.
Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNThere’s plenty of strategy that goes into putting together a winning ticket, and the best place to start is the BetQL Mobile App. Our Trending Picks and Public Betting tools are a massive advantage when you’re making bets, regardless of bankroll size. For more gambling and MLB DFS advice, follow me on Twitter (@DFSBenj).MORE ROTOQL: DFS Lineup BuilderOpening day MLB odds, picks, betting trends*All screenshots are from the BetQL Trending Value Bets Page** All lines are subject to change. The best way to stay up to date on the current lines is to become a BetQL subscriber.New York Mets at Washington NationalsPitchers: Jacob deGrom (RHP) vs. Max Scherzer (RHP)Money-Line: Mets +115/Nationals -135Run-Line: Mets +1.5 (-200)/Nationals -1.5 (+170)Total: O/U 6.5The travel down to DC to take on the Nationals in what will be the first pitchers duel of the 2019 MLB season. CY Young winners Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer will face off in a game that is tied for the lowest total on the slate. Both of these pitchers had success last season against the opposition, with deGrom going 2-1 with five earned runs and 25 strikeouts in 20.1 innings vs. Washington in three starts, and Scherzer going 1-0 with six earned runs and 18 strikeouts in 14 innings vs. New York. The Mets boosted their lineup in the offseason with the addition on IF Jed Lowrie , who is coming off a career year with the A’s. Washington meanwhile, lost star OF Bryce Harper but have an excellent roster of talented young talent, including superstars in the making Juan Soto, Victor Robles, and Trea Turner. It’s always a tough game to handicap with two ace pitchers on the mound, and the BetQL models give a very slight edge to the Mets to nab a win as +115 ML underdogs.BetQL Model Pick: Mets ML +115Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia PhilliesPitchers: Julio Teheran (RHP) vs. Aaron Nola (RHP)Money-Line: Braves +165/Phillies -195Run-Line: Braves +1.5 (-125)/Phillies -1.5 (+105)Total: O/U 8The NL East is shaping up to be one of the most competitive divisions in baseball now that the Phillies are true contenders after consecutive offseasons of upgrading their lineup with a mix of established stars (Bryce Harper and Jean Segura) and young talent (Rhys Hoskins). The Braves are the defending division champions and won’t be sneaking up on anybody like the 2018 “Baby Braves” did. This opening day matchup between these two is excellent on paper, with Braves tossing RHP Julio Teheran for his sixth straight opening day start, and Philly rolling with emerging star pitcher Aaron Nola. The home-team Phillies are rightfully the favorites in this matchup, after Teheran posted an ERA over 5.00 last season vs. PHI, but the BetQL models see a lot of value on Atlanta at +165 ML underdogs. Atlanta owned Philadelphia last season, going 12-7 straight up.BetQL Model Pick: Braves ML +165Houston Astros at Tampa Bay RaysPitchers: Justin Verlander (RHP) vs. Blake Snell (LHP)Money-Line: Astros -135/Rays +115Run-Line: Astros -1.5 (+130)/Rays +1.5 (-150)Total: O/U 6.5The pitching duel between Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer will get all of the attention in the National League, but the American League features a pitching duel that is every bit as interesting as 2018 AL CY Young winner Blake Snell takes on 2011 AL CY Young winner Justin Verlander (Verlander was the runner-up last season). Snell was absolutely dominant at home last season, posting a sub-1.50 ERA and an incredible 85-percent RotoQL consistency rating in 13 home starts. Verlander was excellent on the road last season and especially crushed early 2018, only allowing two earned runs through his first six road starts. The Astros as the better team here, but the Rays might be the most underrated team in all of baseball. Take the home underdogs with their star pitcher on the mound at plus money (+115).BetQL Model Pick: Rays ML +115Boston Red Sox at Seattle MarinersPitchers: Chris Sale (LHP) vs. Marco Gonzales (LHP)Money-Line: Red Sox -210/Mariners +175Run-Line: Red Sox -1.5 (-120)/Mariners +1.5 (+100)Total: O/U 7The Red Sox open up their World Series defense by traveling across the country to face the Mariners. This will be a matchup between two lefties, as Boston will start with Chris Sale on the mound and Seattle will opt to go wit Marco Gonzales. The Red Sox are huge favorites in this spot as -200 road ML favorites, and it’s no surprise that this game has one of the lower totals (7) on the slate given Sale being on the mound and that the Red Sox somewhat struggled as a team last season against lefthanded pitching. It’s hard not to like the Red Sox in this game with the talent disparity both on the mound and in the lineups, and the BetQL models like Boston enough to recommend taking them on the run-line at -120. BetQL Model Pick: Red Sox RL -1.5 (-120)Check out BetQL Mobile App’s Trending Picks and Public Betting tools before making all your bets, and follow me on Twitter (@DFSBenj) for even more NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA daily fantasy and sports betting content. Opening day is here, and the RotoQL/BetQL team is back for another season to break down and preview the betting angles and picks you should consider for each slate of MLB games. Thursday features some excellent divisional matchups (and money line/run line/run totals), as AL East rivals New York and Baltimore go head-to-head while the Mets and Nationals square off in an early-season pitching duel between two of the best in the game in Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer.The day doesn’t let off the gas in terms of great matchups for us to target with the defending NL East Champs Braves taking on the Phillies in what will be Bryce Harper’s first regular season game with his new team. Another pitching duel looks to be taking shape in Tampa between aces Blake Snell and Justin Verlander in a game that has the joint lowest run total on the slate at only 6.5. Finally, the defending World Series Champions Red Sox start their title defense out on the West Coast against the revamped Mariners as massive -200 ML favorites with their ace Chris Sale taking the mound.
The controversial no-call stems from the play in which officials missed Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman interfering with Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis in the final minutes of the meeting. Because of the blown call, the game went into overtime, where the Rams kicked a field goal to win, 26-23, and punch their ticket to Atlanta for Super Bowl 53. Related News Bengals’ receiving corps takes another hit with John Ross hamstring injury It’s been six months since the infamous no-call in the NFC championship game, but the Saints still aren’t over it.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and three officials from January’s matchup have been called for questioning under oath by a Louisiana judge after attorney Antonio LeMon filed a lawsuit over the game, The Associated Press reported Monday. Le’Veon Bell tweets ‘overdue’ apology to fantasy football owners Jerry Jones says Cowboys could win Super Bowl without rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott However, other suits over the botched call haven’t exactly been successful and a petition started by fans demanding the NFC championship game be replayed was laughable, so it’s unlikely this will go over any different.Expect the league to file appeals that could delay or cancel the questioning altogether to avoid admitting once again what has already been stated: that a human error was made. The report noted the two sides will convene in September and “pick a mutually agreeable date for depositions in New Orleans.” The suit is seeking $75,000 in damages, which will be donated to charity.