March 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 .
Saints add defensive end Spence, XFL INT leader Nichols March 24, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMETAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has agreed to free-agent contracts with defensive end Noah Spence and XFL interception leader Deatrick Nichols.The 6-foot-2, 251-pound Spence returns to the Saints after first joining New Orleans for the final three regular season games of 2019 and one playoff game. The four-year veteran out of Eastern Kentucky began his NFL career when Tampa Bay selected him in the second round of the 2016 draft. His rookie season, when he had 5 1/2 sacks remains his best yet. He played his first three season with the Bucaneers and played about half of last season with Washington. He has played in a 41 career regular season games, during which he has 7 1/2 sacks and four forced fumbles.Nichols spent part of 2020 playing cornerback for the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks and intercepted three passes before the season was shortened after just five games.The former South Florida player was not drafted but was signed as a rookie free agent by the Arizona Cardinals in 2018. He was on the Cardinals’ regular season roster for six weeks that season and played in two games. He also spent the 2019 offseason and preseason with the Cardinals, but was released before the regular season.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Fourteen track and field athletes competed at the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, last week. There were 10 women and four men who qualified following their performance in the West Preliminary qualifying rounds.The highlight of the event was sophomore Randall Cunningham winning the men’s high jump on Friday.“It is great to be a champion,” said Cunningham in a press release. “This is what everyone trains for to come out here and be No. 1 and be a champion, so for it to actually happen for me means the world to me.”Cunningham was able to finish strong in a season slowed down by injuries and problems.“It was exciting to watch Randall come into his own today and jump flawlessly and PR with no misses and so much emotion,” said Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert. “He is proud to be Trojan and we are honored that he represented us with so much charisma, class and tenacity today. He had has a tough year but he never gave up and that is a true sign of a warrior and champion.”On Friday Cunningham started off at 2.09 m in the high jump final and did not miss a jump in the next four measures (2.14, 2.19, 2.22, 2.25). 2.25 also marks Cunningham’s outdoor PR. No one else was able to clear 2.25 m. Cunningham had his first miss at 2.28 m. When he was sure of the title, he raised the bar at 2.29 m, the Olympic “A” Standard, but fouled his last two attempts.The men’s competition started on Wednesday with sophomore Adoree’ Jackson placing fifth in the men’s long jump. Jackson was in third place after the first three jumps with a mark of 7.65 m entering the finals but dropped off the podium before his fourth leap. His final mark of 7.66 m came in the fifth round. Jackson gave USC four points in the team competition and earned All-American status for the second year in a row. Jackson will be back in the same field battling for a spot in the Olympic team.On the women’s side of the competition, USC was able to advance to seven final rounds. Junior Destinee Brown, sophomore Deanna Hill, senior Alexis Faulknor and senior Tynia Gaither set a new school record of 42.90 as they finished second in the 4×100 m relay.In the women’s long jump freshman Margaux Jones and Faulknor weren’t able to finish in scoring positions, ending the event in ninth and 10th place, respectively. Jones earned second-team All-America honor.Senior Tera Novy finished seventh in the women’s discus throw, becoming a two-time All-American. She marked 57.70 m in her third attempt and wasn’t able to improve in the final throws.Stepter finished sixth in the 400 m hurdles final with a time of 55.30, earning her second All-American honor in the event.Sophomore Nick Ponzio competed in the men’s shot put. He placed twelfth overall with a mark of 18.80 m, earning second-team All-America honors.On Friday, junior Ricky Morgan Jr. ran in the 400 m final after earning a spot on Wednesday. He finished seventh in 46.63, earning first-team All-America honors.“Track and field is full of ups and downs, but it is our responsibility is to capitalize and come through in championship situations,” said Smith-Gilbert.
training: “We must prioritize health before everything and see how we can advance. We hope that we can return to normal, although we do not know how this will affect the return of the competition. There is some fear among the playersCoronavirus: “When you see most of the players who have been infected, as is the case with Pepe Reina, I spoke to him and he told me how bad it was …”.Charitable initiative: “It started as something small, but it has quickly grown to something nationally and internationally. The most beautiful thing is to see the number of supportive people. We are delighted with how everything is going, and hopefully continue raising funds to accumulate as much money as possible” .Sergio Rodríguez: “A luxury to meet Sergio Rodríguez again in a charity event and made to be close to the canaries who need it the most”. Offers: “I have to speak to the club, I have a contract until June 30. I am open to hear other offers”.Betis: “Betis? I don’t know, a meeting with Chelsea is pending.” Pedro Rodriguez went through the microphones of “The Stringer” of Cadena SER to talk about their future, the possibility of signing for Betis and about their solidarity initiative to help Canarian families disadvantaged by the coronavirus social emergency situation.