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2000 in Review: Weather
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Feb. 4: 0023 UGA Not Just Talking About Weather 00A8 . With the winter's icy surge in late January, the rest of us know now that accurate weather information isn't just for farmers.

Feb. 22: 001F Blame Long Drought on La Niña 00B8 . While you can't blame La Niña for the weather on any given day, it is responsible for the general pattern that began in Georgia in May 1998.

May 16: 002A No End Seen as Drought Worsens in Georgia 00B2 . There is no sign of relief as summer nears. With very little rain and temperatures in the 80s and 90s, soils statewide are drying fast.

June 6: 002A Drought Information at Fingertips On-line 00A5 . As towns and counties impose water-use restrictions, the need for information has never been more dire, or easier to get.

June 28: 002B Drought Damaging Rural Counties' Economies 00AE . "I've never seen the subsoil moisture as low as it is now," says Glyndon Register in his powder-dry cotton field near Lakeland, Ga.

Aug. 1: 002B Drought Hits Georgia Farmers' Wallets Hard 00B0 . The drought will cost Georgia farmers an estimated $689 million on their summer crops. Extra irrigation will add another $50 million.

Aug. 8: 002D Drought Not All Bad: Wheat Crop Sets Records 00AF . The drought that destroyed Roger Godwin's Grady County corn crop helped him produce the record wheat yield he'd dreamed for years.

Sept. 21: 0029 Timely Rains Help Georgia Pecan Orchards 009F . Pecan growers gave a sigh of relief as timely September rains fell on state orchards during a critical growing stage.

Oct. 30: 002C Georgia's Climate Returning to More Extreme 0362 . State climatologist David Stooksbury says the long drought is part of a historically more normal climate pattern.

(Brad Haire is the former news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

(Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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