Georgia has seen unusually high rainfall totals this year and that could lead to unusually high food prices later this fall. According to University of Georgia Agricultural Climatologist Pam Knox, many farmers are behind schedule because of the wet conditions.
Preliminary numbers from the National Weather Service show 95 tornadoes nationwide in January alone. Compare that to 16 last year, including twisters spawned by storms walloping north Georgia, and a three-year January average of just 12 storms. But meteorologists say lots of activity early in the year doesn’t mean much.
Lake Lanier is about two feet below full winter pool. But the water level in the massive federal reservoir is still above normal for this time of year. At 1,068 feet, Lake Lanier, which provides water for millions of metro Atlantans, is four feet higher than it usually is for early December.
The first widespread frost of the season could set in Friday night and Saturday morning. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the upper 20’s and lower 30’s for the northern half of the state. Assistant State Climatologist Pam Knox says while it may seem sudden, this first frost is right on time.