Published on 12/20/01

2001 in Review: Weather

Freezing Temperatures Threaten Blueberry Crop (January 4, 2001) - Georgia's freaky freezing temperatures haven't hurt the state's blueberry crop yet. But if warm weather arrives soon, it could set up this year's blueberry crop for significant freeze damage later.

Bitter Winter Threatens Elderly Most (January 10, 2001) - The oldest Georgians have a hard time remembering a colder winter than this one. They have a hard time contending with the icy cold, too, that threatens their very lives.

Drought Expected to Continue, Likely to Worsen (February 22, 2001) - The drought that has gripped Georgia since May 1998 is expected to continue and will likely worsen during the spring and summer.

Cooler, Drier Winter Giving Way to Dry Spring (March 15, 2001) - The winter months of December, January and February were cooler than normal in most of Georgia, while drier-than-normal conditions continued to aggravate moisture deficits statewide.

Drought Has Many Farmers Mulling Future (May 22, 2001) - If any farmer could make a profit farming, it would have to be Jimmie Lee Moss. But in the fourth straight year of a drought, the Irwin County farmer now questions whether his children and grandchildren should follow in his dusty footsteps.

Rains Benefit Georgia Row Crops (June 19, 2001) - Threatened by another year of continued drought, farmers are relishing the timely relief that recent rains provided most of Georgia's major row crops. Overall, experts say this is the best crops have looked in three years.

Rainy Summer Giving Way to Drought? (July 24, 2001) - Julian Williams is facing an old enemy that just won't go away: drought. "We're in bad need of some rain now," Williams said as he cut a customer's pasture for hay.

Drought Becomes Visible Again in Georgia (August 29, 2001) - A dry August has allowed Georgia's long-running drought to become visible again as pastures, row crops, lawns and gardens suffer from lack of water.

Threat of Drought-fueled Wildfires High (November 9, 2001) - The deepening drought in Georgia is creating high serious wildfire problems, record low stream flows and low reservoir and groundwater levels.

Days Without Rain Near Local Records (November 21, 2001) - The number of consecutive days with little or no rainfall is reaching record levels in Georgia. Preliminary analysis by the Office of the State Climatologists indicates that Columbus has broken its record of days with 0.01 inches or less of rain.

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