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first_imgGeorgia’s warm and dry weather continued in October. Drought in southeast Georgia increased and record-high temperatures were tied or set at many locations. Temperatures across the state were warmer than normal almost everywhere. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 65 degrees F (2.5 degrees above normal), in Athens 63.4 degrees (1.6 degrees above normal), Columbus 68 degrees (2.2 degrees above normal), Macon 64.6 degrees (.7 degree above normal), Savannah 69.1 degrees (2 degrees above normal), Brunswick 70.6 degrees (1 degree above normal), Alma 68.4 degrees (.1 degree below normal), Valdosta 69.6 degrees (2.2 degrees above normal) and Augusta 64.2 degrees (1.1 degrees above normal). The highest monthly rainfall total from National Weather Service reporting stations was 3.33 inches in Atlanta (.22 inch above normal). The lowest was in Alma at .16 inch (2.63 inches below normal). Athens received 1.42 inches (2.05 inches below normal), Brunswick .41 inch (3.5 inches below normal), Valdosta .57 inch (2.45 inches below normal), Columbus 1.48 inches (.85 inch below normal), Macon .95 inch (1.42 inches below normal), Savannah .6 inch (2.52 inches below normal) and Augusta .67 inch (2.53 inches below normal). The highest single-day rainfall from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network stations was 3.65 inches at Carrollton in Carroll County Oct. 28. An observer south of Greensboro reported 3.6 inches. An observer southeast of Athens reported 3.31 inches on the same day. Another observer in Richmond Hill reported 3.35 inches Oct. 25. The highest monthly totals were 5.63 inches near Dillard in Rabun County and 5.4 inches near Peachtree City in Fayette County.The last week of the month was a very active time for severe weather. Three tornadoes were observed. Two tornadoes were reported Oct. 24 in far northwest Georgia, one in Dade County and the other in Catoosa County. A small tornado was reported Oct. 27 in Cherokee County. The severe weather caused problems for drought-stricken trees in southwestern Georgia, making them susceptible to broken limbs and uprooting.It is interesting to note that the last time a strong La Nina (similar to this year) occurred with no hurricane landfalls on the United States was 1973. Since 1900, this is the first time we have had a hurricane season of ten or more storms without one hitting the U.S. as a hurricane.The dry conditions continued to affect harvests and yields of several Georgia crops. There were a few small and scattered areas of frost in some rural areas. Daytime temperatures continued to be warm, but, due to the dry conditions, overnight low temperatures were more moderate. High temperatures were tied or set at many locations during the last week of October due to persistent southerly flow from the Gulf of Mexico. New records included 91 degrees at Brunswick Oct. 26, smashing the old record of 85 degrees set in 1963.Several airport locations recorded their warmest or near warmest May through October on record, including Savannah, Atlanta and Columbus. Almost all of Georgia was below normal in rainfall. The southeastern coastline was the driest. The only two areas with above-normal rainfall were in the counties west-southwest of Atlanta and a small region in the mountains of northeast Georgia. The heaviest rains fell during the last week of the month when a record-setting low pressure center in the Midwest brought a strong cold front through the South, dropping rain and severe weather through the region.last_img read more

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Bacolod City gov’t mulls mall closures but pharmacies, banks, grocery stores to stay open

first_imgRobinsons Place Bacolod will also beclosed temporarily on Friday, but its establishments that offer basicnecessities similar to those stated in Leonardia’s order would remain open./PN Photo shows the Bacolod City Government Center façade and fountain area. WIKIMEDIA BACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio Leonardiahave recommended temporary closure of all malls in this city, but withexception to those providing essential services, in a bid to slow the spread ofthe coronavirus disease (COVID-19). “Mall here can voluntarily reduce thenumber of days that the establishments will be open for business,” Leonardiasaid SM City Bacolod has announced that itsmall operations will temporarily stop starting Thursday until further notice,but its supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, hardware, and select restaurants willremain open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.center_img Exempted from closure, according tothe mayor, are drugstores; supermarkets; medical clinics and laboratories;government offices; bakeries; banks; and convenience stores which shouldcontinue operations as they are providing essential services. “They can continue to operate but witha skeletal staff, and preferably manned by those residents of this city so thatthose staff who reside outside this city shall no longer need to come in herefor stricter quarantine measures,” Leonardia explained, saying the clear andpresent danger in the health and life of the people posed by COVID-19 cannot beoveremphasized. Leonardia on Wednesday issued anExecutive Advisory No.1 enjoining all mall owners to consider  “as soon aspossible” to voluntarily close (fully or partially) their establishments untilthe health threat is averted.last_img read more

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