According to the University of Georgia Extension Climate and Agriculture Blog and National Weather Service, July through September is expected to better wetter than normal due to the active tropical season.
It has already been a wet June for parts of Georgia. According to the University of Georgia Weather Network, Tifton, Georgia received 4.88 inches from June 1 to June 20. However, the prospect of a wet summer is welcomed news for other parts of Georgia that haven’t received much rainfall. Valdosta, Georgia has only received 1.31 inches during the months’ first 20 days. Cordele, Georgia has only received 2.27 inches.
Increased rainfall would likely mean more fungicide sprays for pecan growers against scab disease. But it would also provide much-needed rainfall for producers gearing up for the fall season.
Pam Knox, University of Georgia Extension Agricultural Climatologist, also reported that temperatures are expected to be warmer than normal due to the long-term trend towards warmer temperatures.
Early winter predictions call for warmer and drier conditions due to the expected return of La Nina later this year.