Fall Drought

first_imgWeather conditions were warmer and drier than normal across most of the state during November, causing drought and extremely dry conditions to again expand across Georgia.While most of Georgia will experience rain in early to mid-December, drier conditions are projected to return by the end of the month.Only Georgia’s coast and the Savannah River basin remained free from drought conditions by the end of November. But even those areas, affected by hurricanes Matthew and Hermine earlier in the fall, were abnormally dry by the end of the month.The dry weather allowed farmers to plant onions and harvest cotton and peanuts. However, dry conditions made it impossible for farmers to successfully plant winter grains or forage crops. Those who did saw their plants germinate and then shrivel from the lack of rainfall.Forest fires in north Georgia and beyond caused respiratory distress in livestock in mid-November, and outpatient visits by people with respiratory issues increased due to the heavy smoke in the area. Some farmers reported being reluctant to run their farm equipment for fear of sparking more fires in the dry fields.Irrigation from ponds and streams was curtailed due to the low water levels, and several communities requested variances on water restrictions from the state Environmental Protection Division due to problems getting enough water for their communities.The highest monthly total precipitation reported by a National Weather Service reporting station was 2.98 inches in Atlanta, 1.12 inches below normal.Athens, Georgia, received 2.24 inches, 1.58 inches below normal.Columbus, Georgia, received 2.18 inches, 1.92 inches below normal.Macon, Georgia, received 1.15 inches, 2.17 inches below normal.Savannah, Georgia, received 0.20 inches, 2.17 inches below normal.Augusta, Georgia, received 0.62 inches, 2.20 inches below normal.Alma, Georgia, received 0.28 inches, 2.20 inches below normal.Brunswick, Georgia, received 0.04 inches, 1.99 inches below normal.Rome, Georgia, received 1.77 inches, 3.08 inches below normal.Albany, Georgia, received 1.02 inches, 2.17 inches below normal.The National Weather Service reporting station at the Brunswick airport recorded its lowest November precipitation total in 69 years, with only 0.04 inches of rain. Savannah saw the seventh-driest November in 147 years of record, with 0.2 inches of rain.In contrast to previous months, the driest part of the state was the southeast, which experienced less than 25 percent of normal rainfall.The highest daily rainfall total recorded by Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) Network volunteers was 3.55 inches near Ringgold, Georgia, in Catoosa County on Nov. 30. Two observers near Trenton, Georgia, in Dade County reported 3.27 and 3.10 inches that morning, and an observer in Fayetteville, Georgia, in Fayette County reported 3.02 inches on Nov. 29.These CoCoRaHS volunteers also reported the network’s highest monthly totals, with the Ringgold observer recording 5.12 inches for the month, followed by the two Trenton observers with 4.37 and 3.23 inches, and the Fayetteville observer recording 3.16 inches for the month.Above-normal temperatures were once again the story in most of Georgia in November.Athens’ monthly average temperature was 56.8 degrees Fahrenheit, 3 degrees above normal.Columbus’ monthly average temperature was 59.9 F, 2.6 degrees above normal.Macon’s monthly average temperature was 58.4 F, 2.5 degrees above normal.Savannah’s monthly average temperature was 61.1 F, 1.8 degrees above normal.Brunswick’s monthly average temperature was 63.5 F, 1.3 degrees above normal.Alma’s monthly average temperature was 60.3 F, 0.4 degrees above normal.Augusta’s monthly average temperature was 57.3 F, 2.1 degrees above normal.Albany’s monthly average temperature was 62.2 F, 3.5 degrees above normal.Rome’s monthly average temperature was 54.9 F, 4 degrees above normal.Valdosta, Georgia’s monthly average temperature was 61.2 F, 1.3 degrees above normal.It was the fourth-warmest November on record in 139 years for Atlanta, after 1985, 2001 and 1931.A number of record highs were tied or set in November. Athens broke its record high on Nov. 3, observing 85 F to pass the old record of 84 F set in 2000. Augusta also broke its record high that day, observing 87 F, which surpassed the 86 F record set in 1974. Alma broke its record high on Nov. 29, observing 82 F.Severe weather reported this month included a single high-wind report on Nov. 29 as the cold front began to enter the state, as well as multiple high-wind reports and at least four tornadoes, which were observed near Atlanta on Nov. 30.For more information, please see the Climate and Agriculture in the South East blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/climate or visit www.gaclimate.org. Please feel free to email [email protected] with reports of weather and climate’s impact on Georgia agriculture.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Discusses the Impact of Funding Increases in Delaware County during “Schools that Teach” Roundtable and Tour

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Schools That Teach Upper Darby, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today continued his “Schools That Teach” tour in Delaware County, where he heard from teachers and administrators in the Upper Darby School District about their plans to ensure that education funding from his 2015-16 budget goes directly into the classroom.“Pennsylvania ranks near the bottom in the country in state funding for K through 12 education and my proposed budget makes historic investments at all levels – early childhood education through higher education,” said Governor Wolf. “After years of funding cuts that resulted in the loss of educators, increased class sizes, and cuts to valuable programs, I want to ensure that the new funding in my budget reaches the classroom and directly impacts student achievement. Focusing on education will allow us to lay the foundation for long-term economic growth.”In a roundtable discussion at Stonehurst Hills Elementary School, Governor Wolf heard from school leaders and stakeholders about their plans to use increased funding for professional development and for the restoration of programs and personnel, particularly reading specialists and math coaches.“This is an important opportunity for districts to have comprehensive conversations about how to invest this funding on proven resources and programs that will improve student learning,” Governor Wolf said. “What is being proposed here in the Upper Darby School District is a prime example of a plan that will ensure this historic education investment reaches the classroom while providing clear benchmarks to measure the results of student achievement.”“When this district had the proper resources and funding, we were improving the academic standing of our students, which, in turn, had a positive impact on the morale of the district and community,” Upper Darby School District Superintendent Dr. Richard Dunlap said. “With proper funding and resources, we believe that we can achieve student success that would mirror, or even surpass, the success that we recognized prior to the state budget cuts.”In March, Department of Education Acting Secretary Pedro Rivera sent a letter to superintendents in all 500 districts detailing accountability measures to ensure the education funding proposed in Governor Wolf’s 2015-2016 budget is spent directly on students in the classroom to allow them to compete in a modern economy. In the letter, Acting Secretary Rivera called on districts to submit plans to ensure this new investment reaches the classroom and to measure results for Pennsylvania’s students.MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan – 717.783.1116# # # May 21, 2015center_img Governor Wolf Discusses the Impact of Funding Increases in Delaware County during “Schools that Teach” Roundtable and Tourlast_img read more

O’Neill: Romania game “massive”

first_imgMichael O’Neill believes his Northern Ireland side are one win away from turning their Euro 2016 dream into a reality. O’Neill’s men have been one of the surprise packages of the qualifying campaign, with Sunday’s 2-1 defeat of Finland making it four wins from five matches. That leaves them second in Group F, four points clear of Hungary and just a point shy of table-topping Romania. Anghel Iordanescu’s side come to Windsor Park on June 13 and O’Neill believes success then would go a long way to ensuring a first major tournament in 30 years. “The message is simple. We have given ourselves a fantastic chance, and we have to make sure we take our chance again in June,” he said, after Kyle Lafferty’s brilliant brace in Belfast. “The Romania game becomes massive now. If you can win that game, then it would be hard to think we won’t get to the Euros. “It takes on extra significance. Do we feel 18 points will be enough? Possibly. “If we can get to 15 points with four games to go, that has to be our target at this moment in time. We will have the chance to go top of the group against Romania.” The game comes at an awkward time, with the English and Scottish seasons having broken up for the summer, but O’Neill hopes that does not have a major impact. He is relying on dedication from his players and two friendlies – one against Qatar on May 31 and another against Wales – to get his side in shape. The Wales game has yet to be confirmed by the two associations, but O’Neill is already treating it as a done deal. “We have two good warm-up games before that so preparation will be excellent,” he said. “Our preparation in June will be vital, and the warm-up games against Qatar and Wales will be crucial. “But players finish their seasons in May, and there is an onus on certain players to maintain their own fitness.” If fit Aaron Hughes is sure to become his country’s most capped outfield player in that run of fixtures, with his current tally of 95 leaving him level with David Healy. He had to make do with bench duty against Finland, with O’Neill making the tough choice to pair Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley in the middle while favouring Conor McLaughlin at right-back. “Leaving out Aaron was maybe the most difficult decision I have had to make in my three years, in terms of team selection,” the manager confessed. “Everyone knows what Aaron Hughes is about and what his qualities are as a player and individual. I sat with Aaron a few nights ago and talked about his situation at Brighton. “He hasn’t played much club football in recent tines, and he fully understood where I was coming from. “And Aaron being Aaron, he took it in his professional style. He is still a huge part of this squad, but now we have competition for places which is good. “Jonny (Evans) showed what a top class player he is, and he showed it at Hampden against Scotland the other night. So it is good. “But it is only a matter of time before Aaron gets his 96th cap and goes on to win 100.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse falls to No. 5 North Carolina in overtime despite ending scoring drought in season finale

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse had been scoreless for 521 minutes and 41 seconds before finally finding the back of the net Sunday afternoon.But against the No. 5 team in the country, one goal just wasn’t enough.Despite scoring for the first time in five games and four weeks, Syracuse (5-10-4, 2-7-1 Atlantic Coast) lost its season finale, 2-1, in overtime to No. 5 North Carolina (12-2-2, 9-0-1) before a crowd of 563 fans at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday. The Tar Heels scored in the sixth minute of overtime, ending the Orange’s season with despair.“Obviously we’re disappointed with the loss. I thought that we did enough to come away with at least a tie,” SU head coach Phil Wheddon said. “In fact, we had those chances in the first half that should have been converted and then we come away with the win.”The game reflected some of the overarching themes of the season as the team once again struggled to create offensively, recording only three shots. The team finished with only one win — a 3-0 win over Boston College on Oct. 4 —in its last eight games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange approached the UNC game with a different offensive game plan that previous games. Because of UNC’s pressing style of defense, Wheddon said his team knew it wouldn’t have the time or space to play a more possession-based game, the game plan was to play more balls over the top and ahead to attackers because of UNC’s pressing style of defense.“We had to bypass the midfield and get the ball forward quickly, which I thought we did,” Wheddon said.Senior forward Alexis Koval thought that the approach worked well, but was still unsatisfied with the team’s performance in the finale.“We did have a couple more opportunities and we just didn’t finish it,” Koval said. “We still need to work on our final-third (passing), but overall it was just the missed opportunities.”SU freshman forward Alex Lamontagne had some good opportunities to tie the game for SU in the first period, following the Tar Heels score 16:38 into the game.Within less than two minutes, two of Lamontagne’s shots went awry. On the first chance in the 23rd minute, she used her speed to separate herself from all of the other players and with two defenders trailing her, she shot from the top of the 18-yard box. But the ball went about 10 feet over the top of the goal.Soon after, Lamontagne created an opportunity for herself in the box, dribbling around a few defenders. She shot again, but this time the ball went left of the goalpost.Syracuse only mustered one second-half shot, but it found the elusive back of the net.The Orange’s Stephanie Skilton was about 10 yards away from the net with two defenders on her, so she threaded a ball diagonally forward to Maya Pitts who was waiting at the top of the 6-yard box. Pitts quickly shot it and the ball snuck past UNC’s Lindsey Harris to even the score in the 72nd minute.“We took our chances — or we tried to,” Pitts said, referencing the team’s capitalization of their limited opportunities.With the Orange failing to create offensively after Pitts’ goal, Paige Nielsen’s score in the sixth minute ended the contest.When asked what he thought about the season as a whole, Wheddon said he was “disappointed,” the same adjective he used to describe the loss.“If we fought like (we did today) every game and had that intensity every game, it probably would be a different story,” Wheddon said. “But it goes without saying that we just aren’t finishing our opportunities and that’s been our nemesis all season long.” Comments Published on November 2, 2014 at 5:50 pm Contact Liam: [email protected]last_img read more

USC becomes member of IIE’s Syria Consortium

first_imgUSC will offer scholarships for up to five Syrian graduate students and one undergraduate student who are unable to continue their education in their home country due to the unrest in the region, the University announced Monday.The announcement follows a university pledge on March 28 to uphold a resolution passed by the Graduate Student Government in October 2015. The resolution called for USC to join the more than 50 higher education institutions as a member of the Institute of International Education Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis, which connects displaced Syrian students with university funding sources.“The University of Southern California is proud to deepen our work with the Institute of International Education by joining the IIE Syria Consortium, furthering our contribution to one of the most pressing humanitarian issues around the world,” Vice President for Strategic and Global Initiatives Anthony Bailey said in the press release.Students who receive the scholarships, offered to those who meet USC admission standards, will arrive on campus in Spring 2017. Full-tuition scholarships for master’s degrees will be offered by the Price School for Public Policy, Viterbi School of Engineering and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. In addition, one full-tuition scholarship will go to an undergraduate student in any major, and the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences will provide additional funding for Ph.D. candidates.The civil war in Syria, which began in 2011, has displaced more than half of the country’s population. The Obama administration agreed to accept 10,000 refugees in 2015, many of whom will be resettled in the Los Angeles area through organizations such as the International Rescue Committee. Many of those who come to the United States will be looking to resume their education, a process that the University has an obligation to support, said Vice Provost of Academic and Faculty Affairs Elizabeth Graddy.“A university with the stature and profile of USC must ensure that students and scholars of all backgrounds are afforded the opportunity to be part of a culture of academic excellence,” Graddy said in the press release. “Our participation in the IIE Syria Consortium speaks to our commitment to the public good and to our status as a global university by assisting those whose educations have been hindered by turmoil and warfare.”Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the civil war in Syria began in 2012. It began in 2011. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more