Cool conditions early in April delayed the growth of watermelon seedlings and caused yellowing of some corn plants. Wet fields in the southern half of the state delayed planting and caused problems for corn seedlings and other plants in heavy, wet soils. Hay harvest was delayed and quality was reduced due to conditions that were not suitable for curing. Fungal diseases were a problem in some crops in the wet areas and blue mold developed in greenhouses, which is fairly rare. Warmer weather later in the month helped reduce those problems. Dry conditions in northern Georgia caused delays in planting dryland fields. Fruit producers worried about frost early in the month, but most areas escaped any damage since the coldest conditions were confined to the northeast mountains.Heavy rains fell in the southern half of Georgia in April, while the northern portion of the state mainly quite dry, leading to the development of moderate drought in the northeast counties. Wet conditions plagued the southern half of Georgia in April, leading to problems for some farmers. In the northern half of the state, below-normal rainfall led to the development of moderate drought in 20 counties in the northeastern part of the state.The highest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations was 7.63 inches in Macon (4.67 inches above normal). The lowest was in Rome where 1.90 inches (2.15 inches below normal) were reported. Atlanta received 3.15 inches (0.21 below normal), Athens received 2.57 inches (0.58 inches below normal), Columbus received 6.94 inches (3.39 above normal), Augusta received 4.42 inches (1.58 above normal), Savannah received 2.26 inches (0.81 below normal), Alma received 3.32 inches (0.51 above normal), Brunswick received 2.65 inches (0.16 above normal), Valdosta received 5.82 inches (2.95 above normal) and Albany received 6.87 inches (3.23 above normal). Most of Macon’s monthly rainfall fell in the first 24 hours, when 5.21 inches was recorded. This smashed the old record of 2.63 inches set in 1982. Augusta and Alma also broke daily records on that date, receiving 3.92 inches and 1.35 inches, respectively. This broke old records of 2.14 inches set in 1936 and 1.18 inches set in 2005.The highest single-day rainfall from Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) stations was 5.48 inches southwest of Moultrie on April 2, followed by 5.37 inches received near Kathleen in Houston County and 5.21 inches recorded 18 miles south of Donalsville in Seminole County. Eight stations reported single-day rainfalls of 5 inches or more on that date. The highest monthly total rainfall was 12.18 inches recorded north of Macon, followed by 10.17 inches near Tifton. Drought returned to the state late in April when the National Drought Monitor declared a D1 (moderate) drought in Georgia’s northeast counties.Severe weather was reported on five days and several tornadoes were observed in central and south Georgia on April 1. A NWS report on these storms can be read at www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc/?n=morningtorsofapril1,2016. A second round of tornadoes hit Georgia on April 6. Six people in mobile homes were injured in these storms. Temperatures across most of the state were above normal in April, with the exception of a streak of cooler conditions in southern Georgia where rainfall was high. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 64.1 degrees Fahrenheit (2.1 degrees above normal), in Athens, 63.4 degrees F (1.7 degrees above normal), in Columbus 65.2 degrees F (0.6 degrees above normal), in Macon 63.8 degrees F (0.4 above normal), in Savannah 66.9 degrees F (1.3 above normal), in Brunswick 67.5 degrees F (1.0 above normal), in Alma 65.9 degrees F (0.2 below normal), in Augusta 63.8 degrees F (1.1 above normal), in Albany 66.9 degrees F (0.8 above normal), in Rome 61.6 degrees F (1.8 above normal) and in Valdosta 67.9 degrees F (2.0 degrees above normal). Atlanta, Athens, Savannah and Augusta tied their record high temperatures on April 29, matching records that go back as far as 1894.The outlook for May through July shows a slightly enhanced chance of wetter and warmer than normal conditions. El Nino continues to decline and neutral conditions are expected to return shortly. NOAA has posted a La Nina watch for later in the year, which could mean warm and dry conditions in the latter half of the growing season. The Atlantic tropical season is also expected to be more active than usual in the absence of an El Nino, especially if La Nina develops quickly.For more information, see the “Climate and Agriculture” blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/climate/ or visit www.gaclimate.org. Share your weather and climate impacts on agriculture by emailing [email protected]
WIMBLEDON 2017*Â Pliskova in shock defeat by RybarikovaSecond seed Novak Djokovic moved into the third round with a straight-set win against Adam Pavlasek at Wimbledon.The three-time champion raced to a 6-2 6-2 6-1 victory in just over 90 minutes on Court One against the 22-year-old.Djokovic, 30, rarely looked troubled against the world number 136 from the Czech Republic, who was making his debut at the Championships.The Serb will play Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis, after the world number 589 beat Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro.In victory, Djokovic completed his first full match of the Championships, after his first-round opponent Martin Klizan retired after 40 minutes.The world number two took a while to settle, despite breaking Pavlasek twice in the first set, but his class shone in the second and third sets.“Overall I managed to impose my own rhythm and play the game I intended to play,” Djokovic, who converted seven of his 18 break points, told the BBC.“It was very warm and hot and not easy to play point after point in some of the long rallies.”Djokovic was Pavlasek’s idol growing up and the Serb added: “I am flattered, it is nice to hear I inspired someone with my tennis and I understand what it feels like.“I didn’t know much about him, I tried to get as much information as I could in the last 48 hours. It was a big occasion for him and I’m sure he can play better but it was all working well for me.”Meanwhile, womenâ€™sÂ third seed Karolina Pliskova is out of Wimbledon after losing in three sets to world number 87 Magdalena Rybarikova.Czech Pliskova, who won the Aegon International at Eastbourne, was beaten 6-3 5-7 2-6 and is the highest-ranked player to exit the women’s draw.Slovakia’s Rybarikova only returned to the tour in February after a seven-month lay-off with injuries.“I am speechless right now,” said the 28-year-old, who has now won 15 of her 16 grass-court matches this summer.Rybarikova, who reached a career-high ranking of 31 in 2013, had surgery on her left wrist and right knee in 2016 and missed the rest of the season after a first-round defeat at Wimbledon last year.Â Â Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Robinson Cano may want to get a more reliable GPS if he wants to help the Mets win more this year.The New York infielder got lost on his way from the airport after the Mets returned home following a 6-4 win over the Marlins on Wednesday and his GPS was to blame for it. “I felt the love,” Cano said. “Once you commit to play for a team, your heart and everything is going to that team. The way I’ve been embraced since spring training, it’s made me feel right away like part of this team. It felt good today to go out and see all those fans, the way they support the team.”Cano is batting .188 through 32 at-bats this season.The Mets are 5-2 and have an off day on Friday before getting back to action with two games against Washington over the weekend. The Mets ran into some problems with their flight Wednesday as they didn’t get back until 3 a.m. ET early Thursday, but Cano’s problems were compounded by the fact he got the wrong directions from his GPS on his drive home, according to the New York Post.It was so bad Cano had to change devices midway through his ride home and didn’t get back to his abode until about 5 a.m. ET. What made matters worse was the first pitch for New York’s matchup with the Nationals on Thursday was scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. Cano then likely would have gotten about four hours of sleep before getting to the ballpark and it showed. He went 0 for 3 in the game as the Mets lost to the Stephen Strasburg-led Nationals 4-0.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNIt didn’t keep Cano though from having a good first experience at Citi Field in New York. The fans gave him a warm welcome in his first game at the ballpark since coming over in a trade with the Mariners during the offseason.
The $2.05 billion Grand Avenue project cleared yet another hurdle Tuesday as a City Council panel signed off on diverting $66 million in local tax money for the project. With just one objection from the business community and assurances the money will not come from existing programs, the City Council’s Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee urged the full council to approve the project. “The funds the city hopes to invest and reinvest are generated by the project itself,” said Councilwoman Jan Perry, who has spearheaded the project for the city. “We are not taking money away from other projects. This is tax revenue that will be generated on the side and going back into the project.” Under the plan, the city would agree to allow the developer, The Related Cos., to retain the hotel bed tax for 20 years and the parking tax for 10 years. Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller said two independent studies justify the investment, which he said will serve as a catalyst to build the project and is similar to investments made in Staples Center and the proposed l.a. live project hotel. But an attorney for the Bonaventure Hotel said there is concern that diverting the bed tax gives an unfair advantage to the new site over existing facilities. Attorney Chris Sutton said the Bonaventure is prepared to take legal action – including the possibility of qualifying a referendum on the issue – to challenge the use of the bed tax for the project. “We don’t believe there is a need for these subsidies for a luxury hotel,” Sutton said. The Bonaventure had also objected to waiving the bed tax for the l.a. live project and the Convention Center hotel. It later dropped its complaints after an agreement was negotiated to allow it to convert some of its rooms into condominiums. Perry said she had not met with Bonaventure officials and had no plans to. “They will do what they do and we will react to it,” she said. The final agreement is scheduled to be considered Feb. 13 by the full council and the county Board of Supervisors. In addition to the hotel and parking tax revenue, the plans call for the Community Redevelopment Agency to contribute $24 million and the county to contribute $4.6 million. The hallmark of the project will be construction of a 16-acre park to connect City Hall to the county Hall of Administration. But the key features will be a 50-story high-rise designed to have luxury condos and affordable housing along with commercial and retail development. Plans call for construction to begin later this year and to be completed in three phases by 2018. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!