Nowhere in Georgia is now classified as Level 4, extreme drought, which is dangerous.
The rain the area has received since the beginning of January is helping to ease dought conditions that have plagued Athens and most of Georgia since last summer, and months before. The cisterns are full and the rivers are rising. In January, says climatologist Pam Knox of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Athens got 7.36 inches of rain, putting us .6 ahead of the normal amount of 6.76 inches. "And we're expecting rain later this week, so that should help," Knox said. "Right now, we're a little above normal." In Central Georgia, dought conditions have lessened, thanks to the rain, moving from Level 4, exceptional drought, to Level 3, extreme drought. The acquifer levels are still low, Knox said, adding that it will …
Gov. Deal tosses out longtime expert David Stooksbury and assistant Pam Knox
Monday, September 12, 2011
A tornado seems to have hit the State Climatologist's Office. For more than a decade, UGA professor David Stooksbury has also served as Georgia's state climatologist. He and assistant Pam Knox have been the go-to guys for all things weather--drought, rainfall, El Nino, La Nina, tornadoes, climate change. They kept massive amounts of data on their website, with links to NOAA sources and other valuable sites for everyone interested in weather, from folks planning to plant to folks planning a picnic. Late last week, Gov. Nathan Deal replaced the Dynamic Weather Duo with men from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. On Sunday, Stooksbury said with a smile that he had learned more about what transpired from an article in the AJC than …