Warm, Dry March

first_imgMarch 2015 was warmer and drier than usual for most of Georgia. While the warmth encouraged rapid growth of planted corn and other crops, cold conditions late in the month may have caused some damage to fruit blossoms. The warm and dry conditions also increased soil moisture shortages across the region. Planting is in high gear across the state. Soil temperatures increased quickly due to the warm and dry conditions, and observers in southern Georgia reported rapid growth in planted corn. However, dry conditions were a concern for some farmers worried about germination. Abnormally dry conditions expanded from 9 to 42 percent of the state over the month, according to the National Drought Monitor. Frost hit the northern half of Georgia late in the month. Some damage to fruit blossoms in bloom at the time was expected to occur, but no estimates of damage were available at the time this report was written. If you have damage to report, please email Pam Knox at pknox@uga.edu. The outlook for April shows that warmer- and wetter-than-normal conditions should occur across most of Georgia for at least the first half of the month, with wetter-than-normal conditions expected to continue through June under the influence of the current El Niño. This should help to alleviate current dryness. Warmer-than-normal conditions have a slightly above average chance of occurrence over summer and fall based on long-term trends in temperature. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 57.6 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.3 degrees above normal; in Athens it was 56.8 F, 2.5 degrees above normal; in Columbus it was 60 F, 2.2 degrees above normal; in Macon it was 58.4 F, 1.6 degrees above normal; in Savannah it was 62 F, 2.8 degrees above normal; in Brunswick it was 62 F, 1.7 degrees above normal; in Alma it was 62.1 F, 1.9 degrees above normal; in Augusta it was 58.3 F, 2.4 degrees above normal; in Albany it was 63 F, 3.8 degrees above normal; and in Valdosta it was 64.6 F, 4.5 degrees above normal. In Athens, for most of the month, both maximum and minimum temperatures were above normal values. Athens set a record high of 87 F on March 16, breaking the old record of 85 F set in 2012. Savannah set a record high of 87 F on March 11, surpassing the old record of 85 F set in 1990. Several record highs were also tied during the month. Cold temperatures near the end of the month also set records. On March 29, Macon set a new daily record low of 27 F, breaking the old record of 30 F set in 1966. The highest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations was 3.04 inches in Augusta (1.14 inches below normal) and the lowest was in Savannah at 2.02 inches (1.71 inches below normal). Atlanta received 2.98 inches (1.83 below normal), Athens received 2.79 inches (1.64 below normal), Macon received 2.28 inches (2.27 below normal), Columbus received 2.46 inches (3 below normal), Albany received 2.17 inches (2.88 below normal), Brunswick received 2.37 inches (1.51 below normal), Alma received 2.51 inches (2.24 below normal) and Valdosta received 2.50 inches (2.37 below normal). No daily rainfall records were set in March this year. The highest single-day rainfall, as recorded by Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) stations, was 1.93 inches near Lake Park in Lowndes County on March 23, followed by a Thomas County observer in Thomasville reporting 1.88 inches on the same date. The highest monthly total rainfall was 7.49 inches, observed east of Helen in White County, followed by 5.18 inches measured near Cherry Log in Fannin County and 5.17 inches measured near Ringgold in Catoosa County. Several observers reported a small amount of snow on March 6. In March, there was only one day of severe weather recorded in the state. On the last day of the month, strong winds and scattered hail were observed at a number of locations around the state. This is the first time since official records began in 1950 that there was not a single tornado observed in Georgia in March. For more information, please visit gaclimate.org .last_img read more

Chilean Skiing Has A Promising Future

first_imgBy Dialogo February 17, 2010 Chile, which has competed in fourteen Winter Olympic Games and never won a medal, aspires to ascend the Olympic podium in a few years in skiing, a sport with a “promising future” in the country, according to Luis Alberto Santa Cruz, president of the Chilean skiing federation. “At these Olympic Games (Vancouver-2010) we have three representatives, but in the near future we hope to have more, given the work that is going on with children and young people throughout the country,” Santa Cruz explained to AFP. “We’ve been working, and today we have around a thousand boys and girls between nine and fourteen years old training in various places. I believe that the future of skiing in Chile will be promising,” he emphasized. At the Whistler satellite location, where the Alpine skiing competitions are being held, Chile is represented by Jorge Mandru, Maiu Gayme, and the young Noelle Barahona, all of whom have experience at the previous Winter Olympics in Turin in 2006. According to the official, the three are competing in the downhill, Super-G, giant slalom, and combined events. Mandru and Gayme have already tried their luck in the downhill race and finished in 49th and 56th place, respectively. In both cases, they finished behind their results in Turin, although Santa Cruz explains that the conditions in the Italian city were very different from those at the Canadian site. “The two Games can’t be compared, since 55 competitors participated in Turin, and here there were 64, on a much more difficult course,” the federation president concluded. The best finish by a Chilean skier at the Winter Olympics was in the Japanese city of Nagano in 1998, where Thomas Grob finished eleventh in the combined event. Santa Cruz specified that there are high hopes in Vancouver for Barahona, a nineteen-year-old from Santiago, who has been training in Whistler for over a month and who was the youngest athlete at the Turin Games. He emphasized that in Chile “there’s a tradition of winter sports, above all Alpine skiing, since we have 5,000 km of snow-covered mountain ranges and good places to practice these sports.” Nevertheless, he indicated that in order to achieve a real leap forward, the material conditions in these centers need to be improved, as well as the transportation facilities that could make them accessible to the majority of those interested in the sport. He indicated that with the support of the Chilean Olympic Committee, the sports ministry, and private sponsorship, “it was possible to obtain resources for the preparation of these kids who are here in Vancouver, but we need a regular source for this assistance.” Chile’s efforts to develop this pursuit earned the country the right to host the Junior World Ski Championships, which will be held at Termas de Chillán, 1,600 meters above sea level and 490 km south of Santiago. Nevertheless, the Chilean official dismissed reports that have appeared on the Internet about the possibility that Chile could be a candidate to host the Winter Olympics. “That’s absolutely false. We have not been able to determine who put that page up on the Internet, but as president of the Chilean skiing federation, I categorically deny that Chile aspires to organize the Winter Olympic Games, or even to be a candidate for them,” he stressed.last_img read more

Cops: Levittown Man Uploaded Child Porn to Computer

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Levittown man was arrested Monday after police allegedly found files on his computer depicting girls as young as 5 and 8 years old engaging in sexual acts with a man, Nassau County police said. Charles Powers, 54, was arrested at his Tower Lane home and charged with multiple counts of promoting sexual performance by a child and possessing a sexual performance by a child. Police said Powers allegedly uploaded several files containing child pornography from a live Internet video chat website onto his personal computer between November and January. According to investigators, the files allegedly contained images of several young girls between the ages of 5 and 8 engaging in sexual conduct with a man. Powers will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Middle Island Crash Leaves 2 Teens Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two teenagers were killed and a third was injured when their car crashed into a bus in Middle Island over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.Giovanni Rivette, 16, of Coram, was driving a Hyundai Accent northbound on County Road 21 when he blew a red light and crashed into a Thomas Built Bus for Rides Unlimited of Nassau and Suffolk that was heading eastbound on Whisky Road at 3:50 p.m. Friday, police said.Rivette and one of his passengers, 19-year-old Reynaldo Pena of Coram, were taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where they were pronounced dead. A second passenger in the Accent, 17-year-old Tyrique Copeland of Coram, was treated for minor injuries.The driver of the bus and his 18 passengers were not injured.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-852-8752.last_img read more

Isle of Capri property changes hands for $2 million

first_img112 Amalfi Drive, Isle of Capri- riverfront living at its best. 112 Amalfi Drive, Isle of Capri sold for $2 million.A GOLD Coast buyer has splashed $2 million on a stylish riverfront property on the Isle of Capri.The four-bedroom residence at 112 Amalfi Drive offers stunning interiors, a resort-style entertainment patio and views across wide water.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoOther luxury features include a media room, infinity edge pool, intercom and secure gatehouse.Ray White Broadbeach agents Sam Guo and Julia Kuo handled the sale.The property last changed hands for $1.75 million in 2011.Isle of Capri is a prestigious island in Surfers Paradise known for its lavish waterfront properties.last_img read more

Make Dinagyang 2020 trash-free, revelers told

first_imgKeeping the city clean duringDinagyang is part of city government’s desire to “level up” everyone’sDinagyang experience, he stressed. “Makibotlag kita tanan kay kadamo sang ila plano para sa  kalingawan sang mgaIlonggo sa ngalan sang aton patron,Señor Santo Niño,” said Treñas. “Ginapangayoko gid ang kooperasyon sang tanan. Palihog lang, ang ini nga Dinagyang himuonta nga pinakatawhay,” said Treñas./PN He also cited the cooperation of citygovernment departments and the Iloilo City Police Office for maintaining peaceand order. The mayor said this year’s DinagyangFestival will be the biggest and he cited the IFFI, the new group tasked to manageDinagyang and other festivals of the city.  “As your Local Chief Executive, together withthe Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI), we will do our best to give youthe kind of fun and festival you deserve. But I hope you will also help us inkeeping our city clean,” said Treñas.center_img Dinagyang is the Hiligaynon word forrevelry or merrymaking. The festival started in 1967. A replica of the SantoNiño de Cebu was brought from Cebu to the San Jose de Placer Church. The imagewas enthusiastically received by the Ilonggos who danced on the streets ofIloilo City. Disposing garbage properly, hestressed, “because it is not someone else’s responsibility to pick up yourlitter.” Treñas said he is proud of the IFFIand its plans for this year. ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñasappealed for everyone’s cooperation to make this year’s Dinagyang Festivalthrash-free.last_img read more

James tops IMCA Modified opener at Cottage Grove

first_imgBricen James won the season-opening IMCA Modified feature Saturday at Cottage Grove Speed­way. (Photo by Tina Gargurevich, Wings Off Photography)By Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (March 31) – Six months ago, Bricen James’ future in racing was an unknown.Saturday night, he stood in victory lane after winning the season-opening IMCA Modified feature at Cottage Grove Speedway.Craig Hanson was quick out of the gate and stayed in the lead until Collen Winebarger got past on lap four. Winebarger remained out in front for some time before he bicycled in turns one and two, allowing James to pass him via the inside line.James kept hold of first place but had to master restarts due to several cautions.  James kept all challengers in check and went on to collect the checkered flag.  It was an emotional triumph be­cause six months ago he nearly had a career-ending injury in a Sprint Car last September.John Campos got second, followed by Dustin Cady in third.last_img read more

McIlroy shoots stunning round of 61

first_imgRory McIlroy shot a stunning 11-under-par round of 61 to storm to the top of the leaderboard at the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina. Press Association It was the Northern Irishman’s lowest round on the PGA Tour, beating the 62 he made here in 2010 – the previous course record at Quail Hollow. McIlroy had looked on target to shoot a sub-60 round – only six players have ever scored 59 in a PGA Tour event – but he had to settle for pars on the final two holes Despite that, McIlroy’s remarkable display left him with a four-shot lead heading into the final day, with Webb Simpson his nearest challenger after the local hope carded a 68. American Robert Streb, who led after the first round and was joint-top with Simpson at the halfway stage, is a further three shots back in third place. McIlroy told Sky Sports of his round: “It was incredible, it was nice just to get on a run like that. “I felt like every shot I looked at, I was comfortable over it and I really putted well today, that was the thing that pleased me most. “I rolled the ball really really nicely, and I don’t think I’ve rolled it like that in quite a while, so it was nice to see a lot of putts drop. “And to break my own course record here is pretty nice.” The four-time major winner, who felt he played too conservatively in the second round and felt he was rewarded for going for more pins today, is now clear favourite to become the first two-time winner of the event. He is also on course to smash the existing overall tournament final record of 16 under, set by Anthony Kim in 2008. And McIlroy insists he has no intention of letting up on the final day. He added of his hopes for Sunday: “More of the same would be nice obviously! But just keep it going. “Even though I’ve got a lead there’s no reason why I shouldn’t go out there and be aggressive and try make as many birdies as I can. “I’m obviously playing well and I feel like this is a course where I can shoot another low score on. ” In joint fourth place are Brendan Steele (68) and Patrick Rodgers (70) on 10 under, while Phil Mickelson, who shot a 66 on Friday, is back in a group on eight under after after a damaging treble-bogey seven on the 18th left him with a 71. The world number one started the weekend three shots off top spot but he produced a record-breaking display in his third round to overhaul all his rivals. McIlroy parred his first two holes before going on to pick up 11 birdies – including nine in 10 holes at one stage – in a second successive blemish-free round to move to 18-under par for the tournament. last_img read more

Delaware St. looks to end streak vs BCU

first_imgSUPER SENIORS: Bethune-Cookman has benefited heavily from its seniors. Cletrell Pope, Isaiah Bailey, Wali Parks, Malik Maitland and Leon Redd have collectively accounted for 70 percent of all Wildcats points this season, though their output has dropped to 41 percent over the last five games.CLAMPING DOWN: The Hornets have allowed only 81.7 points per game across 10 conference games, an improvement from the 88.5 per game they gave up to non-conference opponents.JUMPING FOR JOHN: John Crosby has connected on 36.8 percent of the 136 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 6 of 23 over his last five games. He’s also made 74.4 percent of his foul shots this season.YET TO WIN: The Wildcats are 0-7 when they score 65 points or fewer and 12-6 when they exceed 65 points. The Hornets are 0-20 when allowing 71 or more points and 3-1 when holding opponents below 71.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Wildcats have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Hornets. Delaware State has an assist on 29 of 81 field goals (35.8 percent) over its previous three games while Bethune-Cookman has assists on 41 of 80 field goals (51.3 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Both Bethune-Cookman and Delaware State are ranked at the top of college basketball when it comes to tempo. The Wildcats are ranked 10th in Division I with 75.4 possessions per game this season while the Hornets are ranked seventh with 76.4 offensive opportunities per game. Associated Press Delaware St. looks to end streak vs BCU February 16, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBethune-Cookman (12-13, 6-5) vs. Delaware State (3-21, 2-8)Memorial Hall, Dover, Delaware; Monday, 7:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Bethune-Cookman looks to extend Delaware State’s conference losing streak to five games. Delaware State’s last MEAC win came against the Coppin State Eagles 77-68 on Feb. 1. Bethune-Cookman came up short in a 66-58 game at Maryland Eastern Shore in its last outing. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more