Many students across the state were supposed to be back in the classroom Monday, but instead, they spent their first scheduled school day after winter break at home. Dozens of school systems have canceled classes for Monday and Tuesday because of the frigid temperatures.
An arctic blast Thursday night brought strong winds across Georgia and some light snow in the higher elevations. Towns and cities in the North Georgia mountains will likely see icy roads after Thursday’s rain.
After three days of cold, wet weather, Georgians can look forward to sunny and slightly warmer conditions throughout Thanksgiving and the weekend. “It will do nothing but improve from now to then,” said National Weather Service meteorologist George Wetzel on Wednesday afternoon. Wetzel says the winds will start dying down on Wednesday night, leading to cooler temperatures on Thursday morning. Despite a morning temperature drop into the lower 20s, Thursday afternoon will be sunny and clear, with a high near 52 degrees. That’s good news for last-minute travelers.
As we enter the peak weeks of hurricane season, new University of Georgia research explains why some storms don’t fall apart once they make landfall. Andersen and her co-author, Marshall Shepherd, call the phenomenon the “brown ocean.”
The wet, humid weather is behind an explosion in the aphid population in northwest Georgia. Extension service official Keith Mickler says large numbers of small, white bugs seem to be floating around in the air. The insects are Asian wooly hackberry aphids.
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.
Georgia wine growers say this year might not be their best vintage. The heavy rain Georgia has seen this summer isn't ruining this year's harvest. But it will delay grape processing and possibly dilute sugars and flavors that make the best wines.