Monday, March 19, 2007

Berries, Anyone?

Mmmm, I bet that tastes good. How do you eat them? I like to slice them on top of Cheerios. Mouth-watering Georgia strawberries are about the only benefitting from our recent lack of rain. To date, we're behind 5.59" from our normal rainfall. The much-ballyhooed (now there's a word you don't see much anymore) El Nino is reversing. That means the Pacific equatorial waters are cooling down. So our weather patterns are in what we call a neutral phase; neither too hot nor too warm. While the atmosphere adjusts and the jet stream re-aligns, we may not see too much severe weather this spring or a lot of rain either. However, we'll need some soon. March is our wettest month until July and we really need to keep up. So what does that have to do with strawberries?

It turns out that this fruit thrives in dry weather rather than damp. Too much rain can dilute the flavor and increase the development of fungus. When that happens, much of the crop can be ruined. However, this year's bounty is expected to be good thanks to our recent dry and mild weather. There's a really neat web site that is devoted to the effect on weather to agriculture in our state. Its: There, you'll find useful information about how various climate regimes affect agriculture and fishing in the Peach State.

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