Saturday, May 25 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:43:55 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Extreme drought conditions continue in most of Georgia and we're just now about to enter what's typically the driest time of the year.
Stream flows remain low across south Georgia and record monthly low groundwater levels were reported in the Upper Floridian aquifer in several counties.
Man-made rain in the form of irrigation continues in Lee County, rain showers from a week ago have dried up and as temperatures again climb, it's leaving south Georgia dry.
"That soil moisture is beginning to diminish now. Farmers that planted late or their corps that came up late, basically dry land farmers, they might still like to have some more rain," said Doug Collins, UGA-Extention Agent, Lee County
Along New York Road where peanuts have already been turned in the field the last thing they want now is rain.
"Once peanuts are dug they need some dry weather, to dry so they can be picked," said Collins.
The third hottest summer ever for most of south Georgia wreaked havoc for farmers, who irrigated to the point of drying wells for some, and meant an early crop for others.
"A lot of the peanuts that bloomed earlier we're able to start putting on peanuts because it was too hot until the peanuts developed enough canopy to keep it cool at ground level," said Collins.
Digging Deeper we learned the Flint River and ten other rivers and creeks in south Georgia were at dry or near dry levels today. Extension Agents say we'll need a lot of recharge in the aquifer over the winter to make up for dry conditions seen this year, that in some case ruined crops.
"Our dry land corn crop for the most part failed and we didn't get emergence on a lot of our peanuts and cotton because of the dry weather," said Collins.
With a La Nina winter and spring forecast that means below normal rainfall and above normal temperatures it could spell trouble next year.
The dry conditions have also lead to increase wildfire activity across the state. Smoke from the Honey Prairie fire in southeast Georgia could be visibly seen on satellites Tuesday morning.