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Freeze risk

first_imgBy David Emory StooksburyUniversity ofGeorgiaAthens, Ga. — Compared to recentwinters, the probability of a damaging freeze is higher in early2004 across most of Georgia. This higher freeze risk is becauseof current and expected atmospheric-oceanic patterns.Atmospheric-oceanic patterns have a major influence on the typeof winter we have in the Southeast. The best known large-scaleatmospheric-oceanic pattern is El Nino. Under the El Ninopattern, much of Georgia has a wetter-than-normal winter.The opposite pattern is called La Nina. During a La Nina winter,much of the Southeast is drier than normal.Both El Nino and La Nina patterns tend to keep extremely cold airfrom making it from Canada into the deep South. Thus, damagingfreezes are less likely during El Nino and La Nina winters.No protectionThis winter, though, the atmospheric-oceanic system is in theneutral pattern. It’s neither El Nino nor La Nina. During winterswith the neutral pattern, extremely cold air from Canada isusually able to invade the Southeast.This extremely cold air can cause significant freeze-relateddamage. Between periods of very cold air, the Southeast shouldhave periods of relatively warm air.Across extremely south and coastal Georgia, the likelihood oftemperatures below 20 degrees this winter is at least one andhalf times greater than we would expect during an El Nino or LaNina winter.Across much of Georgia, the probability of temperatures below 14degrees is at least one and half times greater than we wouldexpect during an El Nino on La Nina winter. Temperatures around14 and below can cause extreme damage to Georgia winter crops,especially onions.Maps and detailed expectations concerning the extreme freezeprobabilities may be found on the Web at www.coaps.fsu.edu/climate_center/frz04.html.The extreme freeze probability analysis and maps were produced bythe Southeast Climate Consortium. The consortium is an outreachand research cooperative between the University of Georgia,Florida State University, University of Florida, University ofMiami and the University of Alabama at Huntsville.(David Emory Stooksbury is the State Climatologist of Georgia anda professor of engineering and atmospheric sciences in theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

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Villas-Boas needs time – Redknapp

first_img “They ripped Tottenham apart so many times and (Luis) Suarez is just unplayable at the moment, they just need to get some consistency and they’ll be right up there this season. “Tottenham played well and came back after the Man City defeat, but it just wasn’t their day against Liverpool. They’ve just got to pick themselves up again now.” Villas-Boas has insisted he is the right man to lead Tottenham up the table. Asked whether he feared for his job, the 36-year-old said: “The call to make that decision is not mine, because obviously I won’t resign and I’m not a quitter. “The only thing I can do is work hard with the players to get them back on track. “This is a top-four squad but in our Premier League form we are not there.” Press Association Redknapp was sacked as Tottenham manager in 2012 after failing to qualify for the Champions League and he is not sure that Spurs will do so this season. But the QPR manager believes Spurs chairman Daniel Levy should give Villas-Boas – who also saw his team lose 6-0 at Manchester City last month – more time to prove himself. Harry Redknapp has called on Tottenham to be patient with Andre Villas-Boas after a 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool renewed the pressure on the Spurs boss. Redknapp told talkSPORT: “I think people are over-reacting too quickly. You lose a couple of games now and you’re in trouble, it shouldn’t be like that. “You either think somebody is good at their job or not and when you appoint someone you should give them time and let them do the job. “I’m sure Villas-Boas will pull through it, if you give him time they will come back. “Whether they’ll make the Champions League places this season, I’m not sure, it’ll be very tight. “But it’s far too early for people to start wanting to pull the plug on him, you’ve got to give him time and see what he can do.” Redknapp admitted he was surprised by how easily Liverpool tore Spurs apart. He added: “I really thought Tottenham would beat Liverpool, they had no (Steven) Gerrard and no (Daniel) Sturridge, but Liverpool were just fantastic. “Tottenham had a few injuries in key positions but Liverpool were really excellent, their movement was great and they could have been four or five goals up at half-time. last_img read more