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Areas of north Georgia received between 1 to 3 inches of snow at the end of January 2014. CAES News
January 2014 Climate
With a record-setting cold snap and snow-snarled highways in north Georgia, January 2014 went into the record books as one bone-chilling month.
Ice covers plants outside the University of Georgia Extension office in Thomas County after the winter storm on Jan. 28, 2014. CAES News
Don't Prune Yet
A hard freeze sure can make landscapes look bad. The best advice for now is the “wait and see approach.” Give the plants time to recover, oh let’s say, until spring. No good will be done from pruning away what you think is dead; it may still be alive.
Since 1990, Georgia has experienced almost annual fluctuations between drier than normal and wetter than normal years. CAES News
2013 Weather Recap
With 65 inches of rain observed statewide, conditions in Georgia were much wetter than usual in 2013. The state as a whole received its third largest annual total precipitation since state records began in 1895.
Amicalola Falls inn Dawson County froze into a beautiful spectacal during the winter cold snap that blew through Georgia Jan. 6 and 7. This photo was taken the afternoon of Jan. 7. CAES News
Below freezing temps
Even the most thick-blooded Georgians donned winter coats, hats and gloves Jan. 6 and 7 as a cold front blew across the state, dropping temperatures -- down to single digits and negative degrees in some places -- from the mountains to the coast.
Some parts of Georgia saw record-breaking warm temperatures just days before Christmas due to a wave of warm air. CAES News
Warm December
December was warm and wet across most of Georgia, a change from the cold and dry conditions that dominated November. Warm daytime high temperatures and higher than normal nighttime lows broke records.
Georgia Organics conference 2014 CAES News
Georgia Organics conference
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialists will be among the organic agriculture experts presenting at the 2014 Georgia Organics Conference set for Feb. 21 – 22 on Jekyll Island, Ga.
CAES News
Winter Climate Outlook
In the last 12 months Georgia saw the tale of drought, one of the wettest springs and summers on record. Then abnormally dry conditions returned. 2013 has been a climatic roller coaster to say the least.
Many parts of Georgia only saw about a quarter of their normal October rainfall during October 2013. CAES News
Dry October
After an extremely wet summer, Georgians saw the return of abnormally dry conditions in October.
With many areas of the state received more than eight inches of rain during the month, July was another abnormally wet and cool month in Georgia. CAES News
July 2013 Climate
With many areas of the state receiving more than eight inches of rain during the month, July was another abnormally wet and cool month in Georgia.
Georgia watermelons harvested for delivery. CAES News
Rainy watermelons
In the first six months of 2013, Georgia received more than 35 inches of rain — more rain than it recorded all of 2012. And because of the heavy rainfall, the state’s watermelon crop has fallen a few weeks behind and faces other potential problems.