Florida is Burning Up: Learn What Forest Landowners are Doing About It

Abigail Taylor Top Posts, Weather

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Drought has been making news in Florida, fueling more than 2,100 wildfires burning 170,000 acres since the start of the year according to The Florida Forest Service. And with up to a 12-inch rain deficit throughout the state and temperatures predicted to continue above normal, relief may not be in sight, even if…

Threat of Wildfire Lingers as Florida Drought Continues

Abigail Taylor Environment, Top Posts, Weather

The threat of wildfire is still eminent in Florida as the dry spell continues. Despite slight rainfall recently in some regions of the state, it was not enough to eliminate the risk of fire or to lift burn bans in some counties. On May 15, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and the Florida Forest Service…

UF-Developed Tools to Help Cope with Weather

Abigail Taylor Top Posts, Weather

By Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Florida weather is unpredictable. While you cannot control the weather, you can use UF/IFAS-developed weather databases to improve farming, home irrigation and flood control. Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have written a new Extension document that summarizes several weather data…

Areas of Florida Experience Extreme Drought

Abigail Taylor Environment, Top Posts, Weather

Although some rain passed through Florida recently, the state is still suffering from severe drought in certain areas. Furthermore, according to a map released by the U.S. Drought Monitor on May 4, areas north of Lake Okeechobee have moved in to the "extreme" drought level. Florida has been experiencing water shortage issues due to the…

UF/IFAS Experts Help Growers Ready for Tonight’s Cold Snap

Kelsey Fry Top Posts, Weather

Date:March 15, 2017 By:Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Growers are bracing for a cold snap tonight that could cost them thousands of dollars in damage. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension agents and researchers are here to help. A hard freeze warning is in effect from 2 a.m. to…

Wildfires Plague Florida During Dry Spell

Kelsey Fry Environment, Top Posts, Weather

Wildfire season is currently at a high in Florida. Just last week, over 6,000 acres burned in Collier County. The fire left a portion of Interstate 75 shut down, and mandatory evacuations were ordered. Florida wildfires occur due to various reasons. Human intent is one of the main reasons, but dry weather and lightning strikes…