Drought’s worse

first_imgBy David StooksburyUniversity of GeorgiaAthens, Ga. — Drought conditions have deepened in much of Georgia. The piedmont and mountain regions north of a line from Troup County, on the western border, to Franklin County, in northeast Georgia, are now in moderate drought, as are southeast and south-central Georgia. The rest of the state remains in a mild drought.Rainfall has been much below normal and the temperature above normal over the past several months. This combination has led to very dry soils, record to near-record low stream flows, low reservoir and farm pond levels and dropping groundwater levels.Rainfall deficits for Jan. 1 through April 3 include Athens at 4.00 inches, Savannah 4.27, Augusta 5.39, Brunswick 6.11, Columbus 6.32, Macon 6.45, Plains 6.77, Alma 6.98, Tiger 7.11, Atlanta 7.74, Tifton 7.84, Blairsville 9.64 and LaFayette 11.21.Much of the rain deficit is due to having had little rain since March 1. The deficits from March 1 through April 3 include Athens at 1.32 inches, Tiger 1.76, Savannah 2.12, Augusta 2.64, Brunswick 2.92, Columbus 3.15, Plains 3.25, Alma 3.28, Macon 3.52, Tifton 3.92, Blairsville 4.01, Atlanta 4.26 and LaFayette 4.47.Little reliefMuch of north and central Georgia received rain on the morning of April 4. Outside of the mountains and the northwest piedmont, most places reported less than a quarter of an inch.Some areas had more than half an inch in the 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. April 4. These include Helen at 0.52 inches, Irwinton 0.53, Fort Oglethorpe 0.57, Cedartown 0.65, LaFayette 0.74, Chatsworth 0.80, Marietta 0.81, Cartersville 0.98, Allatoona Dam 1.10, Dallas 1.30 and Blairsville 1.87.The U.S. Climate Prediction Center’s model shows soil moisture levels north of a line from Troup to Franklin counties and across southeast and south-central Georgia to be at or below the 10th percentile. At this level, the soils would have more moisture than they have now in nine out of 10 years.Across the northwest corner of Georgia, the soil moisture is at or below the 5th percentile. In other words, the soils there would have more moisture than they now have in 19 out of 20 years.Streams lowStream flows statewide are abnormally low for early April, too. Most rivers and streams are at or below the 10th percentile for the date.The U.S. Geological Survey reports record low daily flows for April 4 on the Flint River near Carsonville and Oakfield and at Albany and Bainbridge, the Middle Oconee near Athens, the Ocmulgee near Jackson and at Lumber City, the Altamaha at Baxley and Doctortown and the Little Satilla near Offerman.Stream flows across northwest and northeast Georgia are slightly better than the state as a whole. There, flows are between the 5th and 15th percentile for the date.Over the past two weeks, water levels on the state’s major reservoirs have generally remained constant or have fallen. Levels have fallen to below desired levels for early April at Hartwell and Clarks Hill. They’re steady but below the desired level at Lanier.Water levels have risen slightly but are still below the desired level for early April at Allatoona and Russell. Both West Point and Walter F. George have levels above the guidance for early April.Farm ponds across much of the state are low.The state had less than desirable groundwater recharge this winter, and levels are dropping statewide.Little rain in sightLittle if any relief from the drought is anticipated in the foreseeable future.The spring and early summer following an El Nino winter are typically warm and dry across Georgia. So far, the pattern is holding true and is expected to continue.Updated weather information is at www.georgiaweather.net. This University of Georgia network has 71 automated weather stations statewide.Updated drought information is at the state drought Web site (www.georgiadrought.org). The site includes updated climatic conditions and information on how to deal with the drought.The entire state remains under the level-1 outdoor water-use schedule. Outdoor watering is allowed only from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at odd-number street addresses and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at even-number addresses. It’s banned all day on Fridays.Local water authorities may further restrict outdoor watering.(David Stooksbury is the state climatologist and a professor engineering and atmospheric sciences in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Atletico Madrid reject Juventus €50m bid for Spanish striker

first_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTime Playing Video Games Can Have A Detrimental Effect On You5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksDiscover How Women From Famous Paintings Looked Like In Real Life11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Most Praised Historical MoviesTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksFrom Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became Close10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do It follows a report that Juventus want Morata with their new boss Andrea Pirlo – a former teammate of the Spaniard – keen to push for a deal. However, the striker has a €150m release clause and it does not appear that the club are in any mood to negotiate down on that. The striker previously spent two years in Italy with the Bianconeri – where he scored 15 goals in 63 games, helping them to two league titles and the 2015 Champions League final. Juve have been heavily linked with a move for Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, and it now appears they have made the former Chelsea striker an alternative. La Liga campaigners Atletico Madrid have rejected an offer of €50m from Juventus to sign striker Alvaro Morata, according to Marca. Remarkably, this opening offer from the Bianconeri is lower than the fee Atleti paid Chelsea (€55m) for the striker, whose move was only made permanent this summer following an 18-month loan stint. Morata – whose wife is Italian – is said to have been frustrated at Atleti in recent months and particularly when Simeone opted to play Diego Costa ahead of him on several occasions near the end of last season. Indeed, after football resumed in June, Morata only started six of 12 matches for Los Rojiblancos and was a substitute in the Champions League defeat to RB Leipzig.Advertisement Read Also: Lionel Messi gifts blind boy life-changing glassesThe 27-year old has struggled for consistency with Diego Simeone’s side since his return to the Spanish capital in 2018, however 12 league goals last season may have handed him a second chance in Simeone’s plans at the Wanda Metropolitano.Despite Juve’s attempts to sign the player this summer, the economic reality of Covid-19, coupled with Atleti’s unwillingness to sell, makes any deal unlikely.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

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