As daily temperatures warm into the 90’s with triple digits not far behind, air conditioning expenses go up. But it's likely there will be little to no money available to help the state’s low income residents with their energy bills this summer.
Daytime summer temperatures were warm, but not abnormally so for most of the state from June through August. An exception was in west Georgia, where Columbus had its warmest-ever daytime summer readings. But in reviewing average nighttime temperatures, state climatologist David Stooksbury found records or near-records were set most everywhere.
A Georgia scientist makes the case for a disease-spreading parasite. "I don't subdivide nature into useful and non-useful animals. For me, everything has to be there," says Lorenza Beati of Georgia Southern University. Researchers hope to prevent disease by studying that bane of summer, the tick.