Deepening Drought.

first_img`Blame Long Drought on La Niña´ But the summer is expected to be hotter than normal. For the northern third of the state, the temperature probabilities are 41 percent above normal, 34 percent normal and 25 percent below normal. For the rest of the state, it’s worse: 48 percent above normal, 34 percent normal and 18 percent below normal. There, the outlook is for a slightly greater chance of below-normal precipitation. CPC’s long-lead March temperature outlook is for a 48-percent chance of above-normal, 34-percent chance of normal and 19-percent chance of below-normal temperatures. Long-term Outlooks Major Concern The La Niña pattern most affects our current climate. This pattern is marked by abnormally cold surfaces in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. The current La Niña is in a mature stage. But CPC computer models and statistical predictors expect it to slowly weaken over the next several months. For June through August precipitation, the outlook is a climatology forecast. This means the chances of normal, above- and below-normal precipitation are about equal. For March, the CPC outlook is for equal chances of above-normal, normal and below-normal precipitation in all but the southern quarter of the state. An outlook only slightly below normal is still a concern in south Georgia because of the long dry period and the winter’s low soil-moisture recharge. During these times of soil-moisture deficits, plants depend on the reserves that collected during the winter. But this winter built up few reserves. The outlook from the federal Climate Prediction Center is for an increased probability of below-normal precipitation and above-normal temperatures statewide for March through July. Since Jan. 1, the southern half of the state is more than 3 inches below normal. Some places along the Florida border have had a soil-moisture deficit all year. Soil-moisture Deficits The March-through-May precipitation outlook is for a 23-percent chance of above-normal, 34-percent chance of normal and 43-percent chance of below-normal precipitation across all but the extreme north Georgia mountains. There, the outlook is slightly better. South Georgia Outlook Worrisome The temperature outlook for March through May is for a 41-percent chance of above-normal, 34-percent chance of normal and 25-percent chance of below-normal temperatures statewide. CPC reports that the subsurface temperature pattern in the equatorial Pacific is starting to evolve into the buildup stage for an El Niño (abnormally warm Pacific surfaces) pattern. The buildup usually takes one to two years. Recent rains have helped the soil moisture across parts of the state. However, Georgia is entering the prime growing season with little soil-moisture reserve. Even with recent rains, stream flows across the state remain well below normal. Hotter Summer Means Drier, Too The drought that started in May 1998 is expected to continue and worsen in Georgia through at least early summer. Even with normal weather, Georgia normally loses more soil moisture through evaporation and transpiration than it gains through precipitation during the peak of the summer growing season. Warmer-than-normal weather will increase soil moisture losses to evapotranspiration. And with above-normal evapotranspiration, plants depend even more on the already-low soil-moisture reserve. This change in the ocean temperature pattern is the first sign that the drought’s end may be in sight. However, we can’t expect much of a chance of relief before late summer.last_img

Mr. William Eugene Roark

first_imgMr. William Eugene Roark, age 62, of Pleasant, Indiana, entered this life on December 21, 1953, in Hamilton, Ohio, the son of the late, Jesse and Harriett “Hattie” (Baker) Roark. He was raised in Hamilton, Ohio and attended the New Miami High School in New Miami, Ohio. William was a former construction worker in Hamilton, Ohio. William resided in the Pleasant, Indiana community the past 2 years and in the Vevay community for 12 years. William enjoyed playing cards, especially Euchre, word search puzzles and watching TV. William passed away at 5:35 pm, Thursday, October 13, 2016, at his residence in Pleasant, Indiana.William is survived by: his son: Billy Roark and his wife: Melissa of Hamilton, OH; his grandchildren: Perry and Zachary Roark; his brothers: Robert Ray Roark and his wife: Sharon of Vevay, IN, Larry Roark of Hanover, IN, Jeff Roark of Bennington, IN, Steve Roark and his wife: Pamela of Bennington, IN and Joey Roark of Bennington, IN; his sisters: Lou Collins and her husband: Kenneth of Hamilton, OH and Rosetta Combs and her husband: A.C. of Hamilton, OH and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents: Jesse and Harriett “Hattie” (Baker) Roark and his sister and his brother: Marie and Gregory Roark.No services are being held at this time.Memorial contributions may be made to William Eugene Roark Memorial Fund % Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

GHPL Week 8: “We have to beat King Faisal for Olympics fans”- Gladson Awako

first_imgGreat Olympics midfielder, Gladson Awako, says he and his team mates will have to get a good result in their Week 8 tie at King Faisal to please the team’s fans.Olympics lost at home to WAFA in Week 7 by a lone goal to leave them 14th on Ghana Premier League table on 7 points.The loss was Olympics’ 4th of the season and their second reverse at home.Ahead of their match, Awako is urging the he fans to keep faith with the team so they will get a good result at the Baba Yara Stadium.“Great Olympics are not happy at all and it was very clear during the match against WAFA. I could see their displeasure as they sat in the stands.I want to assure and promise them. We face King Faisal today in Kumasi and it will be a difficult match because they are struggling.However, I want the fans to stay behind us and support us. No matter what, we are going to get a positive result today. We are either getting a point or we are getting a victory.”Olympics will head into the match without a head coach after Prince George Koffi resigned on Tuesday. His assistant, Seth Hoffman, will handle the team in Kumasi until a new head coach is named and according to sources close to the team, the new coach will be unveiled before the end of the week.last_img read more