Late Frost

first_imgWhile the ice storm that hit parts of Georgia in February damaged timber stands and cut power to thousands of homes and businesses, it left most of Georgia’s spring-blooming crop undamaged. Some peaches took a minor hit from cold conditions late in the month in central Georgia due to temperatures below 26 Fahrenheit, but the cold conditions hit before most trees had bloomed. Therefore trees are not expected to have major damage from February temperatures. However, Georgia growers are not out of the woods yet. These “roller coaster” winter weather conditions are expected to continue for the rest of the season due to the absence of El Nino or La Nina conditions in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Neutral conditions are expected to continue through early summer with a possible development of El Nino later in the year. Gardeners should note that late frosts, while still rare, are more likely during neutral winters and springs like this one. This threat of late frost can be hard to remember when the winter chill is punctuated by unusually warm days that are perfect for getting out into the landscape. Record high temperatures were set in Atlanta on Feb. 2 with 74 degrees, edging out the 73 degrees set in 1986, and in Brunswick on Feb. 20 with 83 degrees, beating the old record high of 82 degrees in 1991. The record high temperature of 82 degrees was also tied in Augusta on Feb. 20. Atlanta also reported a record high nighttime temperature of 59 degrees on Feb. 19, beating the old record of 57 degrees set in 1890. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 47.3 degrees (0.1 degrees above normal); in Athens it was 47 degrees (0.2 below normal); in Columbus it was 50.8 degrees (0.3 below normal); in Macon it was 49.4 degrees (0.6 below normal); in Savannah it was 55.2 degrees (2.2 above normal); in Brunswick it was 55.1 (0.6 above normal); in Alma it was 54.2 (0.0 above normal); and in Augusta it was 48.2 degrees (0.7 below normal). While parts of the state were wetter than normal, others received less rain than normal. The highest monthly total precipitation recorded by a National Weather Service reporting station was 5.41 inches in Columbus (0.97 inches above normal) and the lowest was in Savannah at 1.70 inches (1.09 inches below normal). Atlanta received 3.81 inches of precipitation (0.86 below normal); Macon received 4.60 inches (0.24 above normal); Alma received 1.91 inches (1.89 below normal); Augusta received 3.73 inches (0.19 below normal); Athens received 3.96 inches (0.52 below normal); and Brunswick received 1.89 inches (1.58 below normal). The highest single-day rainfall reported by a Community Collaborative Rain, Hall and Snow Network volunteer was 3.08 inches near Albany in Lee County on Feb. 12. Two observers near Ringgold in Catoosa County reported 3.08 and 3.03 inches on Feb.3. The highest monthly total rainfall was 6.91 inches, observed southeast of Dalton in Whitfield County, followed by 6.87 inches measured near Grovetown in Columbia County. CoCoRaHS volunteers also observed snow in several areas of north Georgia over the week of Feb. 12-14. Snow accumulation was recorded as far south as Macon, with the city recording snow on Feb. 13 for the first time. Ringgold saw the highest recorded daily snowfall that same day with 9.5 inches. Also on Feb. 13, an area in Chattooga County east of Summerville saw 6.8 inches. The highest monthly snow totals were 12 inches and 11.6 inches at the same two stations in Catoosa County and Chattooga County, respectively. The same weather system that brought snow to some parts of north Georgia brought a severe ice storm to central Georgia the same week. A detailed account of this storm can be found at Some areas of the state near Augusta experienced well over an inch of ice from the storm. Many schools were closed for several days due to the treacherous conditions. An estimated one million customers in Georgia were without power for part of the storm. In the Augusta area some customers were without power for up to a week after the storm ended. Georgia Power reported replacing 66 miles of lines in hazardous conditions due to the storm. One of the hardest hit industries by the storm was the forestry industry. About 70,000 acres of trees, mostly pine, were damaged by the ice, with a value in excess of $65 million. In Augusta, over 100,000 cubic yards of tree limbs were collected and chipped. The Eisenhower tree, a famous loblolly pine at the Augusta National Golf Club, was destroyed by the storm and had to be removed.last_img read more

Women in Command

first_imgBy Roberto Caiafa/Diálogo March 27, 2017 One of Daniela Lopes Rocha da Costa’s traits is her pioneering spirit. This Minas Gerais native was in the first female class to serve in the Minas Gerais Military Fire Brigade (CBMMG, per its Portuguese acronym) in 1993 when she enlisted as a private. She was also the first woman in the unit to become a helicopter pilot, as an officer in 2005 when she won first place in the selection of new pilots. In 2011, with her career in full swing and a transfer to CBMMG’s Chief of Staff, Costa stepped away from operational missions and assumed new duties at the seat of state government, known as Administrative City. Twenty-four years later, now as Major Daniela, she achieved a new distinction. At the beginning of 2017, Costa, a mother of two, and married to a military firefighter, was appointed to command the Air Operations Battalion (BOA, per its Portuguese acronym), becoming the first female firefighter in all of Brazil to lead a public safety aviation unit. That milestone was reached just as BOA and its helicopters, known as Archangels, are about to complete 10 years of operation under the slogan “Flying to Save Lives.” On a visit to the unit’s hangar in Belo Horizonte, the capital of the state of Minas Gerais, Maj. Daniela spoke with Diálogo about the challenges her unit faces at this new juncture. “CBMMG’s BOA now has about 50 military service members dedicated to air operations for rescue, prevention, forest fire fighting, and support, as well as the vital task of air medevac, in partnership with the Secretary of Health of Minas Gerais. This is a service in which a twin-turbine helicopter, configured as an aerial Intensive Care Unit, is utilized with a doctor and nurse from the Emergency Mobile Response Service (SAMU, per its Portuguese acronym). That aircraft is one of the Esquilo helicopters in our fleet, which are based in the administrative region of Pampulha, in Belo Horizonte. The other aircraft, also a type B2, is flying out of the new operations base in the Varginha municipality, in the south of the state of Minas Gerais, which was opened in June of 2016.” The company (the first outside of Belo Horizonte) has a team of nine military firefighters – two pilots, two copilots, and five other service members who support the helicopter’s operation. CBMMG’s intent, when it decided to set up this new unit, was to improve the quality of medical services and reduce response times while serving the population in the southern part of the state. But BOA’s expansion efforts don’t stop there, explains Maj. Daniela. “We are in the final process of receiving a couple of Helibras Esquilo helicopters–the B3 types, which are more modern. Military Firefighter Captain Karla Lessa, one of our pilot officers in charge of maintenance, has just returned from the factory where these helicopters are made, in Itajubá, in the state of Minas Gerais, where a conference is being held on all of the specifications that these aircraft need to meet before CBMMG takes receipt of them. More equipment means a demand for more personnel. Therefore, we are going to train 13 helicopter pilots through the end of the year, enabling safety and high availability during operations.” According to statements made by the governor of Minas Gerais, Fernando Pimentel, these helicopters are being procured so that other regions will also have air service from the Fire Brigade and from SAMU. “We have four aircraft on the way, with two of them in the process of having their purchase formalized, and the other two still in the bidding process. Our objective is to place one multi-mission firefighting helicopter in each of the regions of Minas Gerais, which is a vast territory with 853 municipalities. Many of those municipalities have less than 5,000 inhabitants and they present huge challenges for maintaining a permanent health care infrastructure,” he said. “One of BOA’s longstanding desires is due to become reality by the end of 2017 – our new change of address. Our current hangar has barely been able to accommodate three helicopters and one small, lightweight airplane. Even with the creation of the new company in Varginha and the transfer of an Esquilo helicopter there, the space available here is not exactly ideal. Through an agreement between the state government and an aviation company, we are moving to a larger and more functional hangar that is capable of absorbing the increased number of personnel, which will more easily house all of our aircraft, without depriving us of the airport at Pampulha, an airfield that has served us well due to its centrality.” International Women’s Day Diálogo visited CBMMG’s BOA hangar on International Women’s Day to introduce the first military firefighter/helicopter pilot to command an air unit of this type in Brazil, and also to highlight the presence of an all-female team of professionals who were fit to be integrated into real-world missions. CBMMG’s BOA has a long tradition of having women in its force, and some of them — such as Capt. Karla Lessa, the first firefighter pilot to command an air medevac helicopter — stand out for their pioneering spirit. Among the crew, Military Firefighter Lieutenant Sílvia Amélia de Souza Paula is considered a “legend” by her peers and subordinates. In the history of the battalion, she has been there practically from the start, performing the daily mission of flying to save lives, both safely and efficiently. On the medical team were Nurse Minela Miranda and Dr. Maria Olímpia dos Reis, both from SAMU. These professionalswere qualified as crew members and assigned by the Secretary of Health of Minas Gerais to serve in Air Medevac, in partnership with the CBMMG’s BOA. “With this team, we can take off and respond as usual to any situation because everyone aboard is capable of carrying out the mission. It’s always important to highlight that there is no distinction between men and women when it comes to carrying out the duties of military life. You have to be qualified for that. And getting there is something that happens only after a lot of studies, physical training, and a whole lot of dedication,” Maj. Daniela concluded.last_img read more

Ex-Southold Clerk Admits Stealing $230K from Court

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former senior Southold Town Justice Court clerk has admitted to stealing $230,000 in fines, bail money and other revenue from the court to pay for her personal expenses.Christine Stulsky pleaded guilty Wednesday at Suffolk County court to grand larceny.Prosecutors said the 65-year-old New Suffolk woman began stealing the money in  2009 while performing her duties of depositing fines and balancing the court’s bank accounts.Judge John Collins is expected to sentence Stulsky on March 11 to six months in jail and five years’ probation, with drug and alcohol conditions.She has also been ordered to pay the stolen funds back and will make her first payment of $50,000 this week.Stulsky, who started working for the court in 1980, resigned following her arrest last year.last_img read more

Osimhen To Undergo Further Tests To Determine extent Of Injury

first_img Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 21-year-old however remains doubtful for this weekend’s crucial clash against Olympic Marseille. Osimhen has scored 12 goals and registered four assists in 23 league appearances for Lille this season. Read Also:Osimhen streched off in Lille win over Angers Lille occupy fourth position in the French Ligue 1 table with 40 points from 24 games. Osimhen, who scored Lille’s first goal in the game was replaced by new signing Nico Gaitan 10 minutes from time due to a muscle injury. According to reports in France, the Nigerian forward will go through further medical examinations to ascertain the severity of his injury.Advertisementcenter_img Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen will undergo further tests on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury he picked up in Lille’s 2-0 away win against Angers SCO at the weekend. Promoted Content7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesWill 7 Largest Wet Markets In The World Survive After Pandemic?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldHow Couldn’t You See The Impact Of These Women On Our Lives?last_img read more

Pipe lining project to close State Road 156 in Switzerland County

first_imgSwitzerland County, In. — The Indiana Department of Transportation announced that contractors will close two segments of State Road 156 in Switzerland County this month to complete replacement of two culverts and replace pipe lining on a third culvert as part of $1.7 million construction project.State Road 156 will be closed to all but local traffic on or after March 24 at the following locations:Between Upper Goose Creek Rd. and N. Branch Rd.Between Concord Rd./Sand Run Rd. and Wade Hill Rd.Th Construction is expected to be complete and closed segments reopened in approximately 45 days, weather permitting.e official state highway detour routes will follow State Road 56 and State Road 250.last_img read more

Football News Mauro Icardi stripped of Inter Milan captaincy amid exit speculation

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Milan: Mauro Icardi has been stripped of the Inter Milan captaincy in favour of goalkeeper Samir Handanovic amid speculation the Argentina forward is set to leave the club, the Italian outfit announced on Wednesday. “The club can confirm that Samir Handanovic is the new captain of the team,” the Serie A outfit tweeted. The switch comes as Icardi, 25, has yet to sign a new contract amid protracted negotiations between the club and his wife Wanda Nara, who also acts as his agent.The Argentine has been left out of the team’s Europa League round of 32, first-leg game at Rapid Vienna on Thursday.ALSO READ | Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala’s body to be returned to Argentina on FridayIcardi, valued at 100 million euros ($113 million), has been linked with a move away from Italy to Spanish giants Real Madrid or Chelsea in England.The forward — joint top scorer in Serie A last season with 29 goals — has scored 15 this season in all competitions, but has gone seven Serie A games without a goal.”Nobody on the team puts him in a position to play well,” complained Nara recently.”The contract is still very far away from being signed. “There are some very important clubs interested in signing him.”There are the two biggest clubs in Spain, with whom we have excellent relationships, plus an English team and a French one.” Inter are third in Serie A, 20 points behind champions Juventus, and five points ahead of city rivals AC Milan in fourth.Luciano Spalletti’s side returned to winning ways last weekend against Parma having taken just one point from their three previous Serie A games.Spalletti had after the game demanded a swift conclusion to the contract negotiations.ALSO READ | World cup winner Gordon Banks dies at 81The former Barcelona academy recruit joined Inter in 2013 from Sampdoria, scoring 122 goals in 208 appearances, with his contract running until 2021.Handanovic, 34, arrived in 2012 from Udinese.  last_img read more

GBTI tennis off to impressive start

first_imgTHE eighth edition of the GBTI Open served off last week Friday, and marked the peak of competition season on the Guyana Lawn Tennis Association’s (GLTA’s) calendar.In the Men’s Round 32, Daniel Lopes defeated Jordan Beaton, 6-4, 6-3, Joshua Kalekyezi defeated Surendra Khayyam 6-0, 6-2, while President, Jamal Goodluck defeated Adesh Khayyam 6-0, 7-5.Ronald Murray first defeated Alexandre De Almedia 6-1, 6-1, and set up a clash against Andre Erksine. Erskine looked lethal in his 6-0, 6-0 defeat of Khalid Gobin.Roraima club mates Oswin Coggins and Devon Gonsalves played the match of the evening, as Gonsalves displayed exceptional touch at the net, but was unable to stay focused at the critical point, allowing Coggins to press his style of play and eventually close with a 6-3, 7-6(7/3) win.Khawn Rodney had his challenge against the household name Rudy Grant. It was the joy of the tennis family to see the effort and love for the game displayed by Grant.Grant deployed his tactical launch of drop shots and lobs that flustered Rodney in a few games, but Rodney was able to shake the nerves off and secure the win at 6-4,6-4Kalyca Fraser, who is one to watch, defeated former President Grace McCalman 6-2, 6-1.Saturday night primetime had epic matches that lasted until midnight. All eyes were focused on Nicholas Glasgow/Sandeep Chand and Alexey Almedia/Albert Razick matches.Glasgow showed confidence from the strike of the first point against a fearless Chand. He was able to pull off a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 win.Members of the diplomatic corps, Brazilian Almedia and American Razick had a match of class sportsmanship and quality tennis that lasted over three hours. The senior players made full use of the court strategically and were examples of mental toughness.However, Almedia was able to get the upper hand to defeat Razick 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.In the Boys’ Round 32, Dominic Skeete defeated Tyrese Trim 6-2, 6-4 after meeting twice in less than a month.While on the girls’ side, Kalyca Fraser marches into the semi-final after handling the upcoming junior, Sekai Jones.Alana Chung made her way past Charlese Adams 6-1, 6-1. Sarah Klautky confidently dismissed Margaret Subryan 6-0, 6-0. Nathalie Ramdyhan looked sharped against her best friend, Ciara Pooran, as she also booked a semi-final spot at 6-4, 6-4.Matches continue at the GBTI Recreational Facility, Bel Air, all week from 17.00hrs.last_img read more

Heaslip returns for Wales game

first_imgThere’s no place in the match-day squad for Tipperary’s Tommy O’Donnell despite a strong performance against England. He’s replaced on the bench by Jordi Murphy who drops out of the starting fifteen to make way for the returning Heaslip. An unbeaten Ireland take on Wales this Saturday and will be looking to keep their Grandslam aspirations alive. Paul O’Connell, will captain the side and win his 100th Test cap for Ireland and lines out alongside second row partner Devin Toner.  The front-row is made up of Jack McGrath, Mike Ross and Rory Best. Heaslip is joined in the backrow byPeter O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien.The backline is unchanged with Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton, who will win his 50th cap, paired at half-back and the combination of Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne links up again in midfield. Rob Kearney is joined in the back three by Tommy Bowe and Simon Zebo.Cahir’s O’Donnell is replaced on the bench by Jordi Murphy with the remainder of the replacements unchanged: Sean Cronin, Martin Moore, Cian Healy, Iain Henderson, Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan and Felix Jones.last_img read more

Runner proposes to girlfriend at the finish line of the Great North Run.

first_imgThere was love in the air as New Zealander, Jake Robertson went down on one knee to declare his undying love to Kenyan girlfriend and fellow runner, Magdalyne Masai at the finish line of the Great North Run half marathon in Newcastle. Robertson had just finished the race six seconds behind Olympic legend, Mo Farah.23-year-old Masai who has finished fourth in the women’s race, approached her boyfriend of six years to congratulate him but was left stunned by his sudden romantic gesture as he asked her to be his wife. The crowd cheered as she gladly accepted.Speaking with the media, Jake Robertson (27) said: “I didn’t have it planned or anything. In the last mile it just randomly came to my mind that today was the day. Six years together and I thought it was due time. We’ve been speaking about it for a long time.”Congratulations to the lovebirds! Relatedlast_img read more

Andy Murray signs up for virtual Madrid Open

first_imgAndy Murray will swap his racquet for a controller after he signed up to compete in a virtual version of the Madrid Open at the end of the month.Sixteen men and 16 women will take part in a four-day online tournament from the comfort and safety of their own homes after the real event was postponed because of coronavirus.Prize money of 150,000 euros (£131,700) will be directed to good causes – with the winners able to donate part of it to players currently struggling financially.Those taking part will compete on the Tennis World Tour video game which does not have Murray, 32, as a playable character.He could choose to play as fellow Briton Kyle Edmund, or maybe step out of his era and play as Andre Agassi or even John McEnroe.The virtual tournament will take place between 27 and 30 April. All professional tennis has been cancelled until at least 13 July. Source: BBClast_img read more