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 [email protected] 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

Chelsea Ladies snap up Chile goalkeeper

first_imgChelsea Ladies have signed Chile international goalkeeper Christiane Endler.The 22-year-old is manager Emma Hayes’ eighth signing ahead of the new season and will provide competition for Marie Hourihan.Endler, who has been voted Chilean footballer of the year three times, moves from the United States, where she has been playing for the University of South Florida Bulls.“I am very happy to be joining Chelsea,’ said Endler, who was born in Chile but has dual nationality through her German father.“I am looking forward to playing in England, meeting the team, and helping the team achieve our goals this season.“For me it is important to adapt well to the team and style of play in England and to give my best for the team and for the Chelsea fans.”Chelsea Ladies begin their season with an FA Cup tie at home to Bristol Academy on Sunday 13 April.They then face the same opposition away from home in their opening FA WSL fixture on Thursday 17 April, with their first home game against defending champions Liverpool three days later.Endler will not be part of the squad for the opening few games as he is not due to link up with her new team-mates until next month.“Christiane Endler is one of the top young goalkeepers in international football and it’s a real coup for us to get her here at Chelsea,” said Hayes.“She has a commanding presence and her all-round game is exceptional. She will provide competition with Marie and is the final piece in our group for this season.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

NU fends off FEU for 1-0 lead in PVL Finals

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University kept its record unblemished but not after overcoming a gritty stand by Far Eastern University, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24, in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Finals Wednesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jaja Santiago dominated anew for the Lady Bulldogs, who shoot for a finals sweep and a perfect season in Game 2 on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Aiko Urdas delivered a pair of clutch hits for NU and FEU committed a couple of costly errors from Heather Guinoo and Celine Domingo to end Game 1.Sato added 12 points while Jasmine Nabor had 46 excellent sets. Urdas finished with eight points and 16 digs.Czarina Carandang paced the Lady Tamaraws, who were without team captain Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza, with 17 points.Pons and Atienza are focused on playing for FEU in the UAAP beach volleyball tournament and likely to miss Game 2 as well.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Santiago, who averaged 26 points per game in the semifinals, picked up where she left off with 23 points, including four blocks and four service aces. “The game was a bit tight but I give it to the evolution of the team,” said NU coach Babes Castillo. “They played a bit relaxed under pressure, though, they have yet to find the balance between being relaxed and assertive.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We will try our best to win. Hopefully, very, very convincingly. We have to limit our errors, we want to be more intelligent and organized,” Castillo said.The Lady Bulldogs blew a big lead twice. The last instance was in the fourth set where the Lady Tamaraws rose from six points down, 21-15, to tie the match at 22 after Risa Sato’s attempt went out. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIEScenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH After frustrating him in NCAA, Thompson looks to turn tables on Amer in PBA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

10 months agoWatford defender Kabasele taken to hospital after collision in Chelsea defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford defender Kabasele taken to hospital after collision in Chelsea defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford defender Christian Kabasele was immediately taken to hospital after colliding with a post in defeat to Chelsea.Kabasele was taken to hospital and given oxygen to numb the pain after being forced off.Despite returning to his feet momentarily, television pictures towards the end of the first half showed the former Genk man being wheeled into an ambulance on a stretcher with the aid of oxygen. With games coming thick and fast over the Christmas period, it is a blow for Watford to lose one of their key men at the back. last_img

In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Dianna Russini

first_imgAn ESPN sign hanging that's very old Twitter/RussiniTwitter/RussiniIn just a few short weeks, Dianna Russini, a 32-year-old former sports anchor for NBC Washington, will be making her debut for ESPN. The news was announced back in mid-May, and Russini recently finished up her last day with her former employer. She’s expected to be an anchor for the Worldwide Leader’s SportsCenter program. How often she’ll be featured is still a mystery.Where is she from? How did she get her career started? Is she single? We’ve got all of those answers and more, along with a few photos of the rising star. In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Dianna Russini >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7last_img

TORONTO MEDIA ARTS CENTRES FEUD WITH CITY ON HOLD THANKS TO USE

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: In the deep tunnel of the city’s intractable-seeming dispute with the Toronto Media Arts Centre over the group’s in-limbo space on Lisgar Street, there appeared on Wednesday an improbable glimmer of light: For those keeping score, Tuesday, June 5, was the make-or-break deadline for the city to either finally approve TMAC’s agreement of purchase and sale on the space — locked in a legal dispute since 2015 — or send them packing (in February, when the city agreed to allow TMAC interim occupancy, it specified in its terms that the sheriff would be dispatched, if necessary).Instead, something remarkable happened: In a joint statement, both the city and TMAC announced that they had extended the hard deadline with a mind, in the words of TMAC board chair Henry Faber, “to work together to ensure things will move forward as positively as possible.” Jennie Robinson Faber and Henry Faber of the Toronto Media Arts Centre are seen last year in front of contested turf: 36 Lisgar St., whose dedicated arts space they’ve gotten access to and, finally, started using. (STEVE RUSSELL / TORONTO STAR) Twittercenter_img Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Nunavut man says triple murder done in selfdefence

first_imgAPTN National NewsChris Bishop, the man convicted of killing three people and wounding two others with a semi-automatic rifle in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, has been granted an appeal.Bishop is scheduled to appear in Nunavut court on Sept. 25.Bishop was sentenced to life in prison in 2010 for the 2007 killings. During the trial, no defence witnesses were called to the stand.Bishop’s lawyer says that the victims were trying to break into his home and that he was justified in firing 30 bullets in his own defence.The three appeal judges will determine if there is enough evidence to justify a new trial.last_img