In this Issue:
  • May 2017 Weather Summary & June Outlook
  • Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday June 2-4
  • Active Wildfire Season in 2017
  • April Weather Summary & May Outlook
  • March Weather Summary & Planting Season Outlook
  • Florida Forest Service Releases Fire Information App
  • Friday Feature: Destructive Wildfires in the Plains
  • February Weather Summary and Spring Outlook
  • January Weather Summary and Spring Outlook
  • Tools for Assessing Soil Moisture
  • Weather

    May 2017 Weather Summary & June Outlook

    May rainfall brought welcomed drought relief to much of the Florida Panhandle.  The National Weather Service estimates for May rainfall across the Florida Panhandle ranged from 3-10″, with most of the region in the 4-8″ range.  Only the coastal portion of Franklin County had less than 3″, while portions of Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Leon …

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    Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday June 2-4

    Hurricane season officially begins on June 1, so it is time to get ready for loss of power for both family and farm.  Disaster preparedness is something every Florida family needs to take seriously.  The 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins on Friday, June 2, 2017 and ends on Sunday, June 4, 2017.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/02/disaster-preparedness-sales-tax-holiday-june-2-4/

    Active Wildfire Season in 2017

    Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam and the Florida Forest Service announced this week that more than 2,000 wildfires have burned over 150,000 acres in Florida this year, with nearly 125 active wildfires burning as of today, May 8, 2017. Current conditions by …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/12/active-wildfire-season-in-2017/

    April Weather Summary & May Outlook

    April was another dry month for much of the Florida Panhandle.  There were streaks of red where heavy bands of rain came ashore and dropped 5-10″, but much of the region that is shaded beige or tan received less than 5″ of rain in April.  Zones that were yellow or green had less than 3″.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/05/april-weather-summary-may-outlook/

    March Weather Summary & Planting Season Outlook

    Rainfall

    The National Weather Service rainfall estimates ranged from as little as 0.5″ to 4″ across the Florida Panhandle in March 2017.  The western counties had higher totals with 3-4″ in the tan sections, and 2-3″ in the yellow.  The eastern counties ranged from 1.5-2″ dark green, 1-1.5″ green, and isolated ares of only 0.5-1″ …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/04/07/march-weather-summary-planting-season-outlook/

    Florida Forest Service Releases Fire Information App

    On February 20, 2017 Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service announced the release of “FLBurnTools,” a new mobile app to inform the public about drought, wildfire danger and wildfire activity. Prescribed burn practitioners can also use the app to plan and submit authorization requests. The “FLBurnTools” app …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/17/florida-forest-service-releases-fire-information-app/

    Friday Feature: Destructive Wildfires in the Plains

    On Monday March 6, unique weather conditions including a passing cold front, high winds, and low humidity fueled raging wildfires from Texas to Colorado that burned over 1 million acres.  In the wake of these extremely fast moving fires, thousands of cattle and seven people were killed.  This week’s featured videos  provide an overview of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/17/friday-feature-destructive-wildfires-in-the-plains/

    February Weather Summary and Spring Outlook

    February was considerably drier than January across much of the Panhandle.  There were a few areas that received over 5″ (red), while large portions had 4-5″ (light brown), or 3-4″ (tan).  The eastern portion of the Panhandle received the lowest totals ranging from 1-3″ for the month.

    The Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) stations …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/03/february-weather-summary-and-spring-outlook/

    January Weather Summary and Spring Outlook

    Compared to December, January was pretty mild up until Sunday January 22, 2017, which was a scary, and really stormy day with high winds, tornado warnings and heavy rains as a cold front rumbled across the Panhandle.  The unusually warm temperatures fueled a storm system that was more typical of late March or April than …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/03/january-weather-summary-and-spring-outlook/

    Tools for Assessing Soil Moisture

    The exceptionally dry fall, followed by above average rainfall in December surprised many and it has been problematic for those trying to plant and manage winter cover or forage crops. Many might be wondering if their soils have enough moisture reserve to support a cover crop if you decide to try a late planting. This …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/06/tools-for-assessing-soil-moisture/

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