It’s a Sign! Shopping for a History Lesson on the Baltimore Streets of Hairspray Live!

first_imgSHOP: Bud’s DudsNAMESAKE: Winston “Buddy” Deane is the real-life Baltimore dance show host that provided John Waters with the inspiration for Corny Collins and much of the plot of Hairspray. The Buddy Deane Show aired on Baltimore station WJZ-TV and, like “The Corny Collins Show,” featured a “committee” of popular dancers and set aside one day a week to feature black dancers. Waters gave Deane, who died of a stroke in 2003, a cameo in the 1988 film as a TV reporter. Photos by Paul Wontorek for SHOP: Divine Pet FoodNAMESAKE: Divine, the great drag icon who originated the role of Edna Turnblad in the 1988 John Waters Hairspray film (and died just a month after the film’s release.) Waters fans will notice the extra irony of the neon flamingo on the sign, as Divine’s most outrageous/disgusting/unforgettable cinematic scene happened in his Pink Flamingos and involved… um, just Google it. SHOP: Crazy Dickie’sNAMESAKE: This electronics spot is a nod to a man who’s been a regular on the stage for almost 50 years: Dick Latessa. The 87-year-old star of plays and musicals won a Tony for originating the role of Tracy Turnblad’s father Wilbur in Hairspray on Broadway. As the owner of the Har-Dee-Har Hut says, “You know how many times I’ve been called crazy? But I say, ‘Yeah, Crazy.’ Crazy like a loon!” SHOP: Greenblatt’s Baltimore CrabsNAMESAKE: Robert Greenblatt, the Chairman of NBC Entertainment who has spearheaded TV entertainment for Broadway fans with shows like Smash and the live broadcasts of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz and, now, Hairspray. Fun fact: Greenblatt also did high school theater in Rockford, Illinois with Broadway’s Marin Mazzie and Joe Mantello and is a Tony-winning producer of shows like 9 to 5 and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. When Tracy Turnblad sings and dances down the streets of Baltimore in the NBC broadcast of Hairspray Live! on December 7, viewers can see some touching tributes on the storefronts of production designer Derek McLane’s realistic street scene. When visited the set of the TV event on the NBCUniversal lot, we couldn’t help but notice that tucked between iconic plot spots like the Motormouth Records, the Har-Dee-Har Hut and Mr. Pinky’s Hefty Hideaway are faux stores with a real connection to the great legacy of filmmaker John Waters, the original Broadway production and more. SHOP: O’Donnell’s GemsNAMESAKE: TV viewers may think the jewelry store is named after Rosie O’Donnell, who will play the butch health ed teacher, but the true inspiration is Mark O’Donnell (no relation!). A comedy writer, O’Donnell made his Broadway debut with his Tony-winning book for Hairspray. He went on to adapt John Waters’ Cry-Baby for the stage, but died at the age of 58 in 2012. The sign has double meaning; there’s no arguing that Hairspray is a true O’Donnell gem. SHOP: Ruth’s PlaceNAMESAKE: Blues diva Ruth Brown, the first “big, blonde and beautiful” Motoromouth Maybelle in the 1988 film. Astute Broadway fans who saw Brown in her Tony-winning turn in the 1989 revue Black and Blue may remember already hearing of this hotspot. When sending a customer looking for a handout out of her thrift shop in the showstopping song “If I Can’t Sell It, I’ll Sit On It,” Brown sang, “This is not Saint Vincent de Paul’s place, this is Ruth’s place!”See all these hot spots for yourself when Hairspray Live! airs on NBC on December 7, 2016 at 8PM. SHOP: Waters PlumbingNAMESAKE: Filmmaker John Waters (at 70, also around “since 1946”) is obviously the inspiration for this storefront. With it’s towering display of plungers, we can’t help but find it a fitting tribute for one of our favorite potty-mouths. SHOP: Edie’s Farm Fresh Eggs & DairyNAMESAKE: Edith Massey, the late Baltimore barmaid that John Waters made a cult star when he cast her in films including Multiple Maniacs, Female Trouble, Desperate Living and Polyester. But it’s her role as Divine’s mom Edie in Pink Flamingos that’s honored here. No film fan can erase the image of Masey in her undies sitting in a baby crib crying about wanting her damn eggs! View Commentslast_img read more

Bee Hobbyists.

first_img “That’s happening in Cherokee County,” Fonseca said. “I can tell by the number of swarm calls I get. The callers see swarms as a problem. But I see them as great, because I know we’re increasing the wild bee population.” Most of the beekeepers in Georgia’s metro areas are hobbyists. But some are tapping into the business of bees. “When we started, no one in the county had a business based on bees,” Fonseca said. “One of our keepers, B.J. Weeks, has gone into full-time business. His honey is sold in every Kroger store in north Georgia. Others are selling small amounts in specialty shops.” Causing a buzz in schools Grim future Results are showing TAKING A CLOSER LOOK through the safety of an observation hive lets this student see how bees build their honeycombs. 4-H Clubs and UGA-led beekeeping clubs are learning more about bees and their importance to agriculture and home gardening. Clubs keep hives alive The beekeeping program seems to be showing results. “Once people understand the bees’ role, and once you tell them the vegetables aren’t setting fruit from lack of pollination, they get interested,” Fonseca said. “We have increased the number of hives from about 30 to more than 500.” Having more managed bees generally increases wild bee populations. That helps wild fruit and flower production that supports wildlife. North of Atlanta, the Cherokee Beekeepers Club has about 50 active beekeepers. And the number is growing. “When I came here, people were getting out of beekeeping because their hives were going down,” said Marco Fonseca, a county agent with the UGA Extension Service. “Very few knew the mites were the cause of the problems.” Fonseca helped organize the Cherokee Beekeepers Club with a goal of teaching members how to care for the hives. They also have school bee programs. Local schools can get an observation hive for their library or science class. “Not only is the school program teaching students about bees and their relationship to flowers and food production, but beekeepers are getting involved in the school,” Fonseca said. “The added reward of working with children kept the beekeepers involved,” he said. “They now do a part of the whole program. We assign bees to a school, and the beekeepers keep a check on the bees and work with the teachers.” F. Peppers, UGA, CAEScenter_img F. Peppers, UGA CAES “There’s no doubt there’s a limit in bee pollination in Georgia,” said Keith Delaplane, an Extension Service entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “That’s the big problem for home gardeners,” he said. “Most gardeners and farmers will tell you they don’t see the bees they used to. Many aren’t seeing the yields they used to, either.” Swarmingÿ to bees “Now,” he said, “we have an annual training program that spiraled into year-round education and management practices.” Last year more than 100 residents entered honey in the county fair. “We have a quality control and marketing program on how to make good honey and how to present it,” Fonseca said. For more information on honey bees, check the extension entomology Web publications at Or attend the Beekeepers Institute May 22 at the Biological Science Building on the UGA campus in Athens. To sign up, call your county Extension Service office.> Georgia’s wild bee population has been all but wiped out by parasites. A resurgence in hobby beekeeping is helping bees, gardeners and farmers alike, say University of Georgia experts. Few bees = few veggies BUZZING WITH ACTIVITY, both in the hive and the classroom. These Arnold Mill Elementary School 4-H’ers are learning more about honeybees from Marco Fonseca, upper left, an Extension Service agent in Cherokee County. Fonseca explains how bees relate to flowers and food production. Since the 1980s, Georgia’s wild bee population has been under attack by tracheal mites and varroa mites that have decimated the population. New threats are still emerging. “The future for our wild bee population is pretty grim,” Delaplane said. “You always find new colonies because beekeepers’ colonies split and swarm. But they can no longer self-sustain.” Once the bees split from the beekeeper, they survive only about a year in the wild before they die from parasites. “You can argue that bees are no longer wild animals,” Delaplane said. “They’re domestic, because they require care to stay alive for the long term.”last_img read more

Burnt Landscapes.

first_imgWater restrictions aren’t the only threat to green Georgialawns. The searing summer heat is scorching landscapes acrossthe state.”There are three indicator plants you can look at to seeif your landscape is taking a beating from the heat,” saidWalter Reeves, a University of Georgia horticulture educator.Check Indicator Plants”When you’redriving down the road, if you see a tree that’s yellow from topto bottom, it’s a yellow popular showing signs of drought,”Reeves said.”If you have hydrangeas or impatiens in your flower beds,they’re the poster plants for drought stress,” he said. “Ifthey’re looking droopy, water all your plants. The hydrangeaswill recover, but other plants are likely suffering.”Flowers aren’t the only plants suffering. Turf is having atough time, too.”Keep watering turf if you want to keep your fescue,”Reeves warned. “Bermuda and others go semidormant and turna little yellowish, but they will recover pretty well at the firstrainfall. They protect themselves. But fescue just dies.”Water Turf an Inch per WeekHe recommends about an inch of water per week. Water earlyin the morning for the best use of water.The best thing you can do to help turf through a hot, dry summer,Reeves said, is start it right.”Fescue that’s yellowing and dying right now has a one-to two-inch root system,” he explained. “Those withdeeper root systems, in yards where the homeowner tilled deepand put down rich organic matter, are doing better.”If the summer heat and drought continue, UGA extension horticulturistGary Wade offers these landscape-saving tips:Landscape-Saving Tips* If your annuals and perennials are stressed, cut them backabout halfway. If they wilt badly, cutting them back will helpthem survive.”There’s no use to try to keep the foliage going in thisheat. And you’ll have to sacrifice some flowers,” Wade said.”Reducing the top will place less demand on the rootsfor water,” he said. “The plants will come back beautifullyin a few weeks, and they will likely bloom again this fall.”* The same is true for woody ornamentals like gardenias orhydrangeas. Cut them back to half or a third of their normal size.”They will come back,” Wade assured. “They won’t be setting the blossom buds until later this summer. So pruning now shouldn’t affect next year’s flowers.”Decide Which to Save”If the heat and dry weather continue more than 20 dayswithout a break, people have to make a decision,” Wade said.”They need to decide what they need to save in the landscape.”That’s a tough decision for gardeners who have nursed theirlandscape throughout the summer. Here’s how to decide.”Think of replacement value,” Wade said. “Savevaluable trees or shrubs, and water them. Herbaceous plants andturf can be replaced.”The Art of Watering TreesWatering trees may seem daunting, but it’s not if you do itright.”You only need to water about 25 percent of the root areaof a tree or shrub for the water to be used by the whole plant,”Wade said. “Once the water is absorbed, it moves throughoutthe plant.”Set your watering hose under the tree several feet out fromthe trunk. Turn it on at low pressure so the soil has time toabsorb it. Let it run 15 or 20 minutes to saturate an area underthe tree. “That should be sufficient,” he said.Don’t forget to check your mulch, too. “Adding more mulchcan help save the moisture already in the soil,” Wade said.(Photo by Sharon Omahen, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

May Compost.

first_imgFor some, compost makes the soil in the garden and the flower beds richer and better able to handle the drought. For others, it’s a miraculous way to make solid waste disappear and extend the life of a landfill.Regardless of your perspective, compost doesn’t just happen. But a pair of University of Georgia events in early May can help you make composting work for you.Bioconversion Center Open HouseIt all starts with the UGA Bioconversion Center’s open house May 3 in Athens, Ga. From 8 a.m. until noon, visitors can see exhibits on home composting, and on composting yard waste, municipal solid waste, food waste, biosolids and equipment. Composting equipment will also be demonstrated.Visitors can talk to UGA scientists and other experts, too. And the open house is free. The Bioconversion Center is on Simonton Bridge Road near the end of South Milledge Avenue.For those who need more, the center will follow the open house with a compost facility operator training.Compost Facility Operator TrainingFrom 1 p.m. May 3 until noon May 5, people in large-scale government and commercial composting can learn the theory and practice of large-facility design and operation.The course will cover a range of topics. Among them are microbiology, mathematics and computations, equipment choices, product quality evaluation, regulation and compliance, odors and nuisance control, end-user market development and state support agencies’ role.The training fee is $95. Enrollment will be limited to the first 25 who register. Late registrants can be placed on a waiting list for the next training.To sign up, check with Cathy Felton at (706) 542-3086 or read more

Lost Crops.

first_img Some Georgia cornfields look deceptively healthy, but have almost no corn. The Grady County farmer and an insurance company representative declared almost 90percent of his corn too far gone to try to save. “It’s a bad feeling, having todestroy it,” he said, “because you put all your inputs (seed, fertilizer, etc.) into it.”The lingering drought destroyed the corn he worked long and hard to grow. Looking back,Godwin didn’t have a fighting chance. His corn plants grew, but produced almost no corn.It looks deceptively healthy, tall and green. But it doesn’t have nearly enough ears tomake it economically feasible for him to even harvest the crop.He would be lucky to harvest 18 bushels per acre. But he hasn’t been lucky so far, andhe doubts his corn would get enough rain if he decided to hang on. With such a poor yield,it would cost him more to harvest the crop than he would get when he sold it.Insurance Won’t Cover CostsHe’ll get some insurance money, but he still loses in the end. “I’m not going tocover all my costs,” he said. Godwin hopes to recover some of his losses by salvaging the remaining fertilizer heintended the corn to use. He hopes now it will grow grain sorghum. Then again, the droughtalready claimed one crop on his land, and it could easily destroy the next one, too.Godwin accepted his insurance loss appraisal for his corn.Many other Georgia farmers are having to do the same.Now they have to decide what to do with their insured cotton and peanut crops. Agriculturaleconomists with the University of Georgia Extension Service tell farmers if they expect toproduce 30 percent of a normal yield or less, seriously consider the insurance settlement.Between 31 percent and 50 percent of normal crop is a tough call. Farmers must considerthe quality of the crop, the market price at harvest and how much money is needed tofinish the crop. If a farmer thinks he can make more than 51 percent of his normal peanutor cotton yield, he should strongly consider growing out the crop. Photo: Joe Coursoncenter_img Time has run out for many farmers who have decided to give up on some of their cropsbecause of the drought. Now they must decide what to do next.Roger Godwin of Grady County, in southwest Georgia, is no different. The time came lastweek for him to decide if he should try to save his corn. When he looked at thecornstalks, he was disappointed.”Nothing, nothing,” Godwin said as he felt several cornstalks to find ears ofcorn. “Nothing. Nothing.”A Moment of TruthIt was a moment of truth for Godwin. The time had come to put the corn out of itseconomic misery by mowing it down. “We went right at 10 weeks without a drop of rainduring pollination time, when corn should have been 6 feet tall or better,” he said.”Most of it is doing good to be 5 feet tall.”last_img read more

Peanut month

first_imgBy Morgan RoanUniversity of GeorgiaPull out your favorite peanut product in celebration of March as National Peanut Month. The Georgia Peanut Commission is celebrating peanut month by giving samples of peanuts and peanut recipes to tourists who stop at Georgia Welcome Centers. The promotion, “Travel Light, Pack Peanuts” encourages travelers take along peanuts as a fun and healthy snack. Representatives from the peanut commission will also travel to the Valdosta and Savannah welcome centers to fry peanuts for tourists. Georgia farmers rely on peanutsGeorgia is one of nine states that rely heavily on peanut production. About 10 percent of the world’s peanut crops are produced by these nine states: Georgia, Texas, Alabama, Carolinas, Florida, Oklahoma, Virginia and New Mexico.This national celebration began in 1941 as National Peanut Week. It was extended to a month-long celebration in 1974. Even our 39th President Jimmy Carter, who was a peanut farmer from Georgia, contributed greatly to the celebration and popularity of this food.Peanuts can be used in more than 300 different ways, but almost half of the nation’s peanut crop goes into peanut butter.They are healthy in small amounts Aside from being a popular snack food, peanuts have high nutritional value and may even reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease and cancer when eaten in small amounts.“A small handful or about one-fourth cup is all that is needed,” said Connie Crawley, an Extension Service nutrition and health specialist with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “They are also a good source of protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, folic acid, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.”Peanuts may be high in fat, but they contain “good” fats, said Crawley.“They are mostly made of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that help lower bad cholesterol,” she said. “And they are naturally cholesterol free and low in saturated fat.”Crawley says unsalted, dry roasted peanuts are the best choice.Peanuts are believed to have originated as a food source in Brazil or Peru about 950 B.C. The demand for peanuts increased in the U.S. during the Civil War when soldiers relied on them as a food source. Today, Americans eat about 2.4 billion pounds of peanuts each year.last_img read more

Impossible pumpkins

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaThere’s a good reason most farmers don’t even think of growingpumpkins in south Georgia. It’s always been almost impossible todo. But a new pumpkin variety could soon change these growers’outlook on Halloween.”Most of the pumpkins traditionally grown commercially in Georgiaare Cucurbita pepo types,” said George Boyhan, aUniversity of Georgia horticulturist in Statesboro, Ga. “They’rein the same species as summer squash. And they’re highlysusceptible to viruses and other foliar diseases.”UGA horticulturists have been developing a new pumpkin fromplants in another species, Cucurbita moschata. It’s thesame species as butternut squash, Boyhan said.”We selected a squash that has a good jack-o’-lantern appearance,in terms of shape and color,” he said. “It has a much higherlevel of disease resistance, particularly to viral diseases.”Pumpkin’s rootsThe new pumpkin got its start from seeds that UGA horticulturistsGerard Krewer and Marco Fonseca and Union County Extension agentTim Jennings collected in the wilds of Brazil. They were there in1996 and ’99 on UGA exchange trips to help small farmers.Since ’96, Boyhan, Krewer and UGA horticulturist Darbie Granberryhave been making improved selections for adaptation to Georgiaconditions.The result, Boyhan said, is a pumpkin farmers will finally beable to grow in south Georgia.Field day debutThe scientists will be showing off the new pumpkin Oct. 21 in atwilight field day at the UGA Vidalia Onion and VegetableResearch Center near Reidsville, Ga.The field day will start with a look at pumpkin research plots at5:30 p.m. The center’s organic Vidalia onion plots will also beon display. A sponsored dinner will cap the event at 6:30.In the research plots this year, the difference betweenconventional pumpkins and the new variety was striking. “Theother plants absolutely melted” from foliar diseases, Boyhansaid. The new plants, though, were thriving.The new variety is one farmers could grow in north Georgia, too,where the state’s small pumpkin crop is grown entirely now. “Butthe whole purpose of this variety is to give south Georgiagrowers a pumpkin they can grow, too,” Boyhan said.Coming soonBoyhan expects to have seed available to a limited number ofgrowers for the 2005 season. Sufficient supplies for virtuallyall growers should be ready in 2006.Farmers who are already growing produce for you-pick, roadsideand other local markets have long struggled to grow pumpkins,said Jeff Cook, a UGA Extension Service agent in Tattnall County.”There’s a lot of interest in pumpkins among our you-pickgrowers,” Cook said. “They’ve been asking us, ‘When are we goingto get a pumpkin with more resistance?'”In Tattnall County’s 18-grower cooperative, “Farm FreshTattnall,” several farmers already grow pumpkins every year, Cooksaid. But they struggle.”It’s very labor-intensive,” Cook said. “You have to get outthere and spray every few days, and you never know whether adisease might wipe you out. Those guys are very interested in apumpkin with disease resistance.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Rattlesnake weed

first_imgBy Mark CzarnotaUniversity of GeorgiaBecause of its name, many people think Florida betony (Stachysfloridana) escaped its Florida borders to become a problemweed in turf and ornamentals from North Carolina to Texas.Actually, we’re not 100-percent certain of the plant’s origin.Wherever it came from, though, it’s hard to control in your yardand garden.Florida betony is a winter perennial. Like most plants in theLabiatae family, it has a square stem with aromatic, oppositeleaves. Sometimes called Florida hedgenettle, its flowers areusually pink and have a classic mint-like structure.Unlike its relatives, Florida betony produces unique tubers thatlook like the rattles of a rattlesnake, giving it the”rattlesnake weed” name by which it’s sometimes known.Have a rattle?These “rattlesnake” tubers can grow to more than 3 feet long insoils with a high sand content. Many people relish them for theircrisp, succulent flavor. Who knows? Maybe one day we’ll befiguring out how to grow Florida betony instead of killing it.Florida betony is dormant during the hot, humid summers of theSouth. In most of Georgia, it starts growing in early to midfall, slows in the extreme cold of winter and continues untillate spring.We don’t have a lot of information on controlling betony. Inturfgrass, though, products containing atrazine, 2,4-D, dicambaor mecoprop provide good selective control.Ornamental choicesIn ornamentals, dichlobenil, sold under the trade name Casoron,provides excellent control of Florida betony in selectestablished woody ornamentals.Products containing the active ingredient glyphosate, such asRoundup, can provide some control if sprayed or applied directlyto the betony without contacting desirable plants.Consider using glyphosate if you’re going to put new ornamentalplants in an area containing betony. Spray a 5-percent solutionof glyphosate, using a product that’s 41-percent glyphosate orgreater, one week before you cultivate the area. Repeatapplications to eliminate survivors will be necessary.All of these products work well if you use them according totheir labels. If you prefer the nonchemical route, maintaining agood 4- to 6-inch layer of pine bark or pine straw shouldeventually smother the betony.New productsMany new herbicides have been introduced to the turfgrass market.Preliminary testing has shown that some provide excellent controlof Florida betony.In 2004 and 2005, the University of Georgia ran trials in severalplaces with heavy Florida betony infestations. The sites averaged41 betony shoots per square foot during both years.In these tests, these herbicides provided greater than 70-percentcontrol two months after being applied: Monument(trifloxysulfuron), Manor (metsulfuron), Revolver,(foramsulfuron) and Speedzone (carfentrazone, 2,4-D Ester,mecoprop and dicamba).Unfortunately, all of these products are labeled only for use inturfgrass. For now, frustrated gardeners will still have to relyon hand-pulling, mulch, Casoron and glyphosate to keep this weedymenace at bay.Anyone for some fresh betony tubers in your salad?(Mark Czarnota is an assistant professor of horticulture withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Untrue bird flu rumors

first_imgBy Jim CrawfordUniversity of GeorgiaPoultry and poultry products are getting some bad press and are thesubject of untrue rumors linked to Asian Bird Flu.As a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent, I want toassure you that eating eggs and other poultry products is safe inspite of the rumors you may have heard. As a matter of fact, theGeorgia Poultry Federation wants you to know the truth about avianinfluenza. Not in U.S. yetThe type of avian influenza occurring in Asia is called H5N1 HPAIhighly pathogenic avian influenza. We have never had this strainin the United States and do not have it now.The disease is currently causing a major outbreak in multiple Asiancountries. It is extremely deadly to poultry, has spread to wildbirds in those areas, has caused more than 100 infections in humansand has resulted in some human deaths.Actually, the transmission of Asian bird flu from birds to humansis extremely rare. Furthermore, the truth is that almost allinfected people have had close, direct contact with live poultryinfected with Asian bird flu.Most of the poultry in Asian countries is produced in smallbackyard or village flocks. This puts people there in frequentcontact with these birds and their feces and other secretions.The sheer number of backyard flocks and infected wild birds makesthe task of controlling this disease very difficult. The problemin Asia also presents a real challenge because the virus is presentin such a large geographical region. These underdeveloped areasare not able to make a large-scale eradication effort. U.S. industry preparedYou can take comfort knowing that considerable effort has been madeto prevent the introduction of asian bird flu into U.S. poultry. Officials here have also prepared a response should the virus enterthe U.S.Unlike Asian poultry, U.S. poultry production units require verylittle handling of poultry. And the U.S. doesn’t import anychicken, turkey or other poultry products from Asia. The freshpoultry you see in grocery stores is produced in the U.S., exceptfor a very small amount produced in Canada.If you’re still concerned, consider that like all microorganisms,the avian influenza virus is killed by the heat of normal cooking. Even if this disease was introduced into the U.S., there is nodanger of getting it from properly cooked poultry.So, are eggs safe to eat? Absolutely. If laying-hens develop avianinfluenza one of the first symptoms is that they stop laying eggs.If the virus was discovered in the U.S., the effected farm would beimmediately quarantined. Besides, table eggs are washed andsanitized before they are sold in grocery stores. If the viruswere present on the shell, it would be inactivated by thesanitation process.So, go ahead and enjoy your eggs for breakfast and your Sundayfried chicken dinner without fear of avian influenza.last_img read more

June weather

first_imgBy Pam KnoxUniversity of GeorgiaHigh pressure dominated Georgia’s weather in June, leading to temperatures that were well above normal. Lack of rainfall in most areas contributed to general drying of the soils in most counties and put stress on some crops.In spite of the heat, the only record temperatures that were tied or broken this month were in Brunswick. The daily maximum tied at 98 F on the 17th and was broken at 98 F on the 21st.The monthly average temperatures were: Atlanta at 79.8 degrees (3 degrees above normal), Athens at 79.9 degrees (3.6 degrees above normal), Columbus at 81.3 degrees (2.1 degrees above normal), Macon 80.8 degrees (2.8 degrees above normal), Savannah 81.9 degrees (3.1 degrees above normal), Brunswick 82.4 degrees (3 degrees above normal), Alma 81.6 degrees (2.3 degrees above normal) and Augusta 80.3 degrees (2.8 degrees above normal). Rainfall across the state was below normal, according to radar estimates. The only exception was a small area near Jesup in southeast Georgia. More than 10 inches of rain fell in an isolated area in Wayne and Long counties. The rest of the state was 1 inch to 3 inches below normal.The highest monthly total from National Weather Service airport reporting stations was 4.40 inches in Savannah (1.09 inches below normal). The lowest was in Athens at 1.66 inches (2.28 inches below normal). Atlanta received 2.34 inches (1.29 below normal), Columbus 3.79 inches (.28 above normal), Macon 2.82 inches (.72 inches below normal), Alma 2.26 inches (3.23 inches below normal), Brunswick 4.10 inches (.95 inches below normal) and Augusta 3.78 inches (.41 inches below normal). The highest monthly total rainfall from the CoCoRaHS volunteer reporting network during June was 8.49 inches measured near St. Mary in the far southeastern corner of the state. Observers at Clarkesville measured 7.48 inches for the month. Kingsland reported 7.35 inches, and Brooklet measured 7 inches over the month. The highest daily rainfall amount reported by a CoCoRaHS observer was 3.90 inches northwest of Gainesville on June 5. Blairsville reported 3.25 inches on the 18th and Rome reported 3.0 inches on the 5th. Much of the rain in north Georgia came with scattered storms arriving from the northwest in the large-scale circulation around the high pressure that was centered just to the west of Georgia.One tornado was reported. It occurred on June 4 about 6 miles west of Brunswick, when a funnel briefly touched down, causing minimal damage. In addition, there were reports of hail or strong winds somewhere in Georgia on 13 additional dates. In Augusta on the 18th, it was reported that 8,500 households were without power in association with one of these storms.Early in the month, farmers had problems doing field work and crop planting due to wet conditions. Problems with tobacco virus and sprouted wheat were reported by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents. Lack of rain later in the month, combined with the hot temperatures, many crops became stressed, especially in non-irrigated fields.last_img read more