March was drier and warmer than normal across Georgia, ushering in projections for a warmer and wetter than normal spring. Warm conditions statewide caused early blooming of many trees and flowers, leading to very high pollen counts, which were not helped by the lack of rain needed to wash away the pollen. Early blooming in the northeastern part of the state led the National Weather Service to start issuing frost warnings there earlier than usual because of farmers’ concerns about the fruit trees. In spite of the cold weather in late March, most fruit trees across Georgia were not affected by frost, and a good and flavorful peach crop is expected this year unless a very late frost occurs in April. The lack of rainfall caused abnormally dry conditions across the state. This allowed farmers to get into the fields to plant and apply chemical, but dry conditions caused some concerns for germinating crops. Wet conditions in the southwest corner of the state hampered farmers’ ability to work in the fields and led to the development of some fungal diseases by the end of the month. The outlook for April does show colder temperatures in the beginning of the month, but a return to warmer conditions later. Precipitation is expected to be above normal for the first half of the month, but drier conditions may return in the last two weeks. Warmer MarchGeorgia saw well above normal temperatures in March, ranging from 3 to 6 degrees above the 1981-2010 average. In Atlanta, Georgia, the monthly average temperature was 60.5 degrees Fahrenheit, 6.2 degrees above normal; the Athens, Georgia, average was 59.9 F, 5.6 degrees above normal; the Columbus, Georgia, average was 61.9 F, 4.1 degrees above normal; the Macon, Georgia average was 61.1 F, 4.3 degrees above normal; the Savannah, Georgia, average was 65.0 F, 5.8 degrees above normal; the Brunswick, Georgia, average was 64.9 F, 4.6 degrees above normal; the Alma, Georgia, average was 63.6 F, 3.4 degrees above normal; the Augusta, Georgia, average was 60.8 F, 4.9 degrees above normal; the Albany, Georgia, average was 63.7 F, 4.5 degrees above normal; the Rome, Georgia, average was 56.8 F, 4.7 degrees above above normal; and the Valdosta, Georgia, average was 64.7 F, 4.6 degrees above normal. Multiple records for daytime high temperatures were set on March 15 across the state. Atlanta reported 85 F; Athens, 86 F; Alma, 87 F; and Columbus, 87 F, breaking the old records of 82 F, 85 F, 86 F and 86 F, respectively, all set in 2012. Macon also tied its record of 87 F on the same day, and Augusta, Savannah and Brunswick tied records on or near that date. Brunswick also broke a record high on March 14, recording 84 F, which surpassed the old record of 83 F set in 1975. PrecipitationThe highest monthly total precipitation recorded by the National Weather Service was 6.17 inches in Valdosta, 1.30 inches above normal, and the lowest was recorded in Brunswick at 1.56 inches, 2.32 inches below normal. Atlanta received 2.21 inches, 2.60 below normal; Athens received 1.95 inches, 2.48 inches below normal; Columbus received 2.56 inches, 2.90 inches below normal; Macon received 2.64 inches, 1.91 inches below normal; Savannah received 5.01 inches, 1.28 inches above normal; Augusta received 3.18 inches, 1.00 inch below normal; Alma received 2.87 inches, 1.88 inches below normal; Albany received 4.77 inches, 0.28 inches below normal; and Rome received 4.86 inches, 0.09 inches below normal. Savannah set a daily precipitation record on March 27 when 3.98 inches fell at the airport, far surpassing the old record of 2.57 inches for that date set in 2005. The highest single-day rainfall recorded by Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) volunteers was 4.57 inches, measured one mile north of Pooler, Georgia, in Chatham County on March 28, followed by two other Pooler observers who measured 4.25 and 3.98 inches on the same date. The highest monthly rainfall recorded by CoCoRaHS volunteers was 7.89 inches, measured south of Donalsonville in Seminole County. This repot was followed by 7.25 inches in Thomasville in Thomas County and 7.09 inches measured in Bainbridge in Grady County. CoCoRaHS volunteers also recorded 2.0 inches of snow near Dillard in Rabun County and Nelson in Pickens County on March 4. This was the only day of the month with snow, so these are also the monthly totals. Severe weather was observed on five days in March. The most notable was a brief tornado touchdown eight miles west of Pelham in Grady County on March 31. The tornado caused some damage to trees and powerlines. For more information on Georgia weather conditions, see the “Climate and Agriculture” blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/climate/ or visit at www.gaclimate.org. Email weather and climate impacts on agriculture to share to [email protected]
Sweden’s Stena group has acquired a 75 percent stake in 7 Seas LNG & Power bringing it into is a group of companies under the operating name of Stena Power & LNG Solutions.Based in Grimstad, Norway, Stena Power & LNG Solutions will offer to the market the proprietary Jetty-Less LNG to power solutions, built on flexible commercial structures.In its statement, Stena said the new unit is capable of providing turnkey deliveries of the patented LNG and power technology, including the complete technical management.Svein Hellesmark, founder of 7 Seas LNG & Power, and chief technology officer (CTO) of Stena Power & LNG Solutions, said, “During our discussions with key interested clients over the last years, it had become clear that the Jetty-Less solutions would be even more attractive to our customers if the solutions could be offered on a turn-key or lease structure.”Philip Fullerton, managing director, Northern Marine Group, said that the company is continuing its investment in new technology within the LNG space.“This investment supplements our innovative small-scale LNG designs developed by our subsidiary Tritec Marine,” he said.
SUPER SENIORS: Central Michigan has benefited heavily from its seniors. Kevin McKay, David DiLeo, Dallas Morgan and Rob Montgomery have collectively accounted for 64 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 72 percent of all Chippewas points over the team’s last five games.TERRIFIC TAHJAI: Tahjai Teague has connected on 24.6 percent of the 65 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also made 59.7 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: The Chippewas are 0-8 when they score 67 points or fewer and 13-8 when they exceed 67 points. The Cardinals are 0-8 when allowing 70 or more points and 16-5 when holding opponents below 70.PERFECT WHEN: Central Michigan is a perfect 6-0 when it turns the ball over nine times or fewer. The Chippewas are 7-16 when they record more than nine turnovers. The Ball State defense has created 13.1 turnovers per game in MAC play and 12.7 per game over its last three.DID YOU KNOW: The Central Michigan offense has scored 78.9 points per game, the 20th-highest figure in Division I. Ball State has only averaged 68.8 points per game, which ranks 223rd nationally.___ Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCentral Michigan (13-16, 6-10) vs. Ball State (16-13, 9-7)John E. Worthen Arena, Muncie, Indiana; Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Ball State looks to extend Central Michigan’s conference losing streak to nine games. Central Michigan’s last MAC win came against the Bowling Green Falcons 92-82 on Feb. 4. Ball State lost 69-63 to Toledo in its most recent game. C. Michigan looks to end streak vs Ball State For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com March 2, 2020
JoJo Marasco leads Syracuse’s group of four players earning All-American recognition from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association on Thursday.The first-team pick, Marasco, is joined by defender Brian Megill, midfielder Luke Cometti and midfielder Henry Schoonmaker. Megill earned second-team honors while Cometti and Schoonmaker were named honorable mentions.Megill was a second-team All-American last season and Marasco was an honorable mention in 2011.Marasco averages a little more than one goal and two assists per game, leading the Orange offense with 58 points on the season. His 38 assists this year set Syracuse’s single-season record for a midfielder.Marasco is a Tewaaraton Award finalist, too.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCometti, Marasco’s first midfield linemate, is the team’s joint leading scorer with attack Derek Maltz. Each player has 30 goals. Cometti dominates off the ball, slipping into catch-and-shoot spaces around the crease.Schoonmaker leads SU’s second midfield line, often drawing the same defender as Marasco does on the first line. The pacy midfielder has 23 points from five assists and 18 goals, nearly all of which he’s scored with his jump shot.Megill, who captains the team alongside Marasco, has won 48 ground balls and caused 22 turnovers this year. He holds the Orange’s all-time record for career turnovers with 100.Syracuse takes on Denver at 5 p.m. Saturday in the final four at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm Contact Jacob: jmkling[email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_