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.
Meanwhile, Kenny Stills and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross aren’t seeing eye-to-eye with Ross’ support of President Donald Trump and Cowboys Jerry Jones used a rather gross analogy to describe how the contract situation with some of Dallas’ star players are going.Those stories and more in Wednesday’s edition of NFL News and Notes. Related News Panthers’ Efe Obada praises Christian Wade’s journey to NFL: ‘He was a pro long before I was’ Antonio Brown: ‘I got circumcised on my feet’ after cryotherapy mishap Jerry Jones uses a weirdly gruesome analogy to describe Cowboys contract issues Three things that matterColts GM says Andrew Luck now has ankle issueChris Ballard said he wasn’t ready to declare that quarterback Andrew Luck is ready for the regular-season opener after he revealed Luck now has an ankle issue. The Colts general manager said the calf injury Luck has been dealing is separate from the ankle problem, which he attributed to years of wear and tear.”The issue right now is the side-to-side stuff,” Ballard said, via ESPN. “Kind of rolling of the ankle. Anything back-and-forth, he’s good. Standing there throwing, he’s good. Moving in the pocket, those are the kind of things we have to get him better at.”Ballard said Luck doesn’t have to be 100 percent to play, but there is a chance that Luck will miss the opener against the Chargers. Jacoby Brissett has been taking first-team reps in practice and has experience starting for the Colts — he played the majority of the 2017 season when Luck was out with a shoulder injury.’Generational talent’ makes Kyler Murray worth Josh Rosen trade, Cardinals GM saysArizona general manager Steve Keim received a lot of criticism for his decision to draft quarterback Kyler Murray No. 1 overall in this year’s draft just one year after the team drafted Josh Rosen No. 10 overall.However, Keim told The Ringer that Murray is a “generational talent” and that having him on the team is worth the struggles the Cardinals have undergone in the past couple of seasons.“You have to make the tough decisions and avoid the outside noise — ‘Why’d you give up on this guy? Why would you trade this guy?’” Keim said. “It’s unprecedented. I took [Rosen] in the top 10. I just felt that [Murray] was a generational talent that I just couldn’t pass up.”Should the Cardinals have another disastrous season, Keim’s time with the team could be in jeopardy.Golden Tate says doctor gave banned meds to other playersThe Giants receiver was handed a four-game suspension after he self-reported himself for taking clomiphene, which was in his fertility medication. Tate said his doctor reassured him that the medicine should not cause any issues when it came to illegal substances, but a positive test proved otherwise.While Tate said he was accepting of his punishment, he added that he was considering suing the doctor for not properly doing his research and job.”I think ultimately just because the doctor had said, ‘No, it’s not a banned substance and I have prescribed it to other NFL guys.’ If the doctor said I’m not sure, I 100 percent would have looked into it,” Tate told reporters Wednesday. “If the doctor had never said he had given it to any other NFL players, I 1,000 percent would have looked into it. I have gone through the TUE process for a couple medicines and I completely understand it.”If Tate’s claims are true and other players have unwillingly ingested banned substance via the fertility drug, the league could have a mess on its hands.Two things that don’t matterJerry Jones’ weird analogy to describe the Cowboys’ contract issuesThe Cowboys owner used a strange and rather gruesome analogy to describe the team’s contract situations with quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and receiver Amari Cooper.”Picture you were a driver of a car and you had a wreck and your hand was almost severed off, but you didn’t understand your anatomy,” Jones said, via The Dallas Morning News. “You look down, you’re spurting blood, you open the door, and run to the woods, and either die bleeding to death or shock. The educated man looks down, knows his anatomy, squeezes and knows his best chance is to wait for help. That’s because he’s been there a lot and done that. So I’m squeezing and waiting for help.”Essentially, Jones is minding the Cowboys’ salary cap and doesn’t want to have to release anyone due to massive contracts paid to other players, but the bottom line is all three of his offensive stars still don’t have new deals. Neither the salary cap, nor Dallas’ situation is new.Kenny Stills says he’ll ‘agree to disagree’ with Dolphins owner Stephen RossThe Miami receiver talked to Ross on the phone after he publicly called out Ross for holding a fundraiser for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. Stills, a known social activist, said Ross’ support of Trump contradicts the mission statement of his nonprofit, the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE). Apparently, the conversation didn’t leave the two seeing eye-to-eye, with Stills telling reporters (via The Palm Beach Post): “We agreed to disagree and that was it. There’s not much to argue about. He has his feelings about it and he stands firm in that, and I respect that. But I disagree and I told him there’s no hard feelings. There’s no beef and let’s win some games this year.” Andrew Luck’s calf injury in March didn’t cause much alarm because the regular season was months away, but flash forward to August and Luck is at risk of missing the Colts’ season opener.The quarterback is suffering from an ankle issue, which has shelved him for the preseason and has held him out of full practices. Will he be ready when Sept. 8 rolls around? Stills said he still plans to kneel during the national anthem this season, but his willingness to play under an owner whom he has different political beliefs from reflects his loyalty to the team and shouldn’t affect them in the long run.One video you have to seeTom Brady isn’t taking any smack talk from Mike Vrabel — a former Patriots teammate. The Patriots and Titans had a joint practice Wednesday, which led to the Patriots quarterback getting a little saucy with the Titans head coach.Must be football season pic.twitter.com/wF0MUpfPf4— Cris Collinsworth (@CollinsworthPFF) August 14, 2019Wednesday tweet of the dayJust in case you forgot what a giant man running back Derrick Henry is, here is photographic evidence. Henry towers over former Alabama teammate Damien Harris, who isn’t a tiny man, either.Derrick Henry is an enormous human. Here he is next to former Bama teammate Damien Harris (5-10, 216). pic.twitter.com/Sc6cHKz3u6— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 14, 2019