By David Emory StooksburyUniversity ofGeorgiaThe very wet summer of 2005 has caused the risk of flooding to beusually high across Georgia.Soil moisture and stream flows are already very high for themiddle of August. Most reservoirs and ponds are at or near thesummer full pool.Heavy rainfall can lead to rapid flooding, as there is minimalstorage capacity left in the soils, rivers and reservoirs.A special concern is the potential impact of a widespread rainevent associated with tropical weather. Localized floodingassociated with individual thunderstorm complexes is also morelikely this summer.The elevated flood risk is expected to remain for the foreseeablefuture.InsuranceMost insurance policies for homes and businesses don’t coverlosses caused by flooding. An additional policy is required.Information about the federal National Flood Insurance Programmay be found at www.fema.gov/fima/nfip.shtm.It takes 30 days fora new policy to start, so it’s important to start the programbefore flooding is forecast.Another problem associated with wet soils is falling trees. Treeswith poor roots due to disease, damage or poor growth are morelikely to fall over. Trees will rotten trunks and limbs are alsomore like to cause damage.Since it’s very hard to determine the health of a tree’s roots,trunk and branches by simple inspection, it’s best to have acertified arborist inspect trees.Soaked soilsSoil moisture is extremely high for August. It’s at the 99thpercentile north and west of a Valdosta-to-Macon-to-Lincolntonline and south and east of a Columbus-to-Carrolton-to-Blairsvilleline. This means that in 99 of 100 years, we would expect soilsto be drier than they are now.For the remainder of the state, soil moisture is generallygreater than the 90th percentile, except in the extreme northwestcorner. At the 90th percentile, we would expect the soils to bedrier in 90 of 100 years than they are now.Streams and rivers across Georgia are extremely high for August.On Aug. 10, daily record flows were recorded on the Oconee Rivernear Athens, Apalachee River near Bostwick, Broad River nearBell, Little River near Washington, Alcovy River near Covington,Ocmulgee River from Jackson to Macon and Spring Creek near IronCity.Most of the other major rivers in the state are at or above the90th percentile in flow for the middle of August.Tropical threatsBecause of the increased threat of flooding, Georgians need tomonitor the development of tropical systems over the next severalmonths.The best way to keep updated about weather conditions and weatherwarnings is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationweather radio. NOAA weather radios are available at most storesthat sell electronics.Recent rainfall information is available from the GeorgiaAutomated Environmental Monitoring Network (www.georgiaweather.net)of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.More information on preparing for a flood and recovery can befound at http://interests.caes.uga.edu/disaster/preparation/articles.htmand http://interests.caes.uga.edu/disaster/recovery/articles.htm.(David Emory Stooksbury is the state climatologist and aprofessor of engineering and atmospheric sciences in theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Representative Sid Michaels Kavulich October 16, 2018 Flag Order, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag at the Capitol Complex and throughout all public buildings and grounds throughout the state lowered to half-staff to honor the passing of Pennsylvania State Representative Sid Kavulich.“Rep. Kavulich was passionate about life, whether it be sports or public service,” Governor Wolf said. “The people of Northeastern Pennsylvania have lost a dedicated community advocate and we all have lost a tremendous friend. Our thoughts are with Sid’s family, especially Linda and his children, and all of his colleagues and constituents.”Representative Sid Kavulich, 62, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2018. He represented the 114th Legislative District from 2011 to 2018 in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.The Commonwealth flag shall continue to be lowered due to previous order, through sunset on the day of interment. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute.
Over the years, many of Wisconsin’s athletes have moved on to productive careers in professional sports. With so many prominent Badgers making a living at the next level, you’re sure to recognize many of the players in this list. Well-represented in all four major sports, let’s take a look at former Badgers that are making their mark on the professional world of athletics. Football: J.J. Watt (DE, Houston Texans) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2009-2010In his nine seasons in the NFL, Watt has established himself as one of the most dominant defensive players in recent memory. Watt has a variety of skills that allow him to line up in a handful of defensive positions, making it difficult for opponents to game plan against him. During his career, Watt has racked up numerous individual awards including five Pro Bowl appearances and three Defensive Player of the Year awards — the most among active NFL players. Destined for a spot in Canton once his career is over, Watt still searches for one prize that eludes him — a Super Bowl ring. Only time will tell if he achieves the ultimate team goal.Watt’s time at Wisconsin was limited following his freshman season at Central Michigan and his early departure for the NFL. Yet Badger fans will remember his crucial contributions during the famous upset of the then No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes at Camp Randall. T.J. Watt (OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2015-2016T.J. is the youngest of three Watt brothers and looks to be following in his older brother J.J.’s footsteps as one of the league’s premier pass rushers. After being selected in the first round in the 2017 NFL draft, Watt has lived up to expectations, collecting 34.5 sacks in three seasons with the Steelers. This past year, Watt was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl and at only age 25, it appears Watt will wreak havoc for opposing quarterbacks for years to come. During his time with the Badgers, Watt underwent a lengthy transition to offensive linebacker following his original recruitment as a tight end. Despite multiple injuries and learning curves along the way, Wisconsin continued its long tradition of crafting NFL-caliber linebackers and developed Watt into a tour de force in the NFL. UW Athletics: Profile of UW Club Baseball’s team president, JJ LambThe coronavirus pandemic has affected us all in different ways. For myself and most other people, it means sitting inside Read…Russell Wilson (QB, Seattle Seahawks) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2011Wilson has been one of the league’s most consistent quarterbacks during his career with the Seahawks. A fearless leader, Wilson does whatever it takes to win games which can be shown through his career 66.8 winning percentage, second-best among active quarterbacks with over 40 career starts. Following Marshawn Lynch’s retirement after the 2015 season, Wilson was forced to take on a larger responsibility in Seattle’s offense and has developed into one of the league’s best quarterbacks, throwing for 121 touchdowns and only 34 interceptions in that span. While Wilson only came to Wisconsin with one year of eligibility left after his transfer from North Carolina State, his impact on the program was immense. Wilson is still considered to be one of, if not the lone best quarterback in Badger history.Basketball: Frank Kaminsky (F/C, Phoenix Suns) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2011-2015Following a historic career at Wisconsin, Kaminsky was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the ninth pick in the 2015 NBA draft. Kaminsky spent four years in Charlotte, then signed a two-year contract with the Phoenix Suns. Though his season was shortened with a stress fracture in his right knee, Kaminsky was productive when on the floor with Phoenix, averaging 11 points per game on close to 35% shooting from long-range. As Kaminsky enters the 2020-21 season as a restricted free agent, it will be interesting to see where the versatile forward lands. Sports video games to try during quarantineThere’s simply no way around it, it’s a tough time to be a sports fan. All large gatherings necessary for Read…Hockey:Joe Pavelski (C, Dallas Stars) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2004-2006A native of Plover, Wisconsin, Pavelski has been a consistent goal scorer in the NHL for both the San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars. In five of Pavelski’s 15 seasons, the center has netted over 30 goals and, in the 2013-14 season, he made his first All-Star appearance. Before the 2019-20 season, Pavelski agreed to a three-year $21 million contract with the Dallas Stars. Prior to the NHL suspending play due to COVID-19, Pavelski netted 14 goals and 17 assists in 67 games played. Brian Elliott (G, Philadelphia Flyers) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2003-2007 In 2006, Elliott, along with Pavelski, won the National Championship for the Badgers and received a spot on the 2006 Frozen Four All-Tournament Team. Elliott has continued his success in the NHL as he has been named to two All-Star teams and received the 2011-12 William M. Jennings trophy for allowing the league’s lowest number of goals. Jennings is currently in his third year with the Philidelphia Flyers. Women’s Soccer:Rose Lavelle (Midfielder, United States Women’s National Team/Washington Spirit) — Years Played at Wisconsin: 2013-2016Lavelle enjoyed a tremendous career at Wisconsin and received a handful of national recognition, being named an All-American in three of her four years with the Badgers. Lavelle was named to the United States 2019 World Cup team and appeared in six of the United States’ seven matches. Lavelle was extremely effective when on the field for the U.S., scoring three goals in the World Cup including a clutch goal in the 69th minute in the final against the Netherlands that secured the U.S.’s second consecutive World Cup title. Football: Top recruits, developing talent leave Badgers primed to reload in key positions for 2020 seasonAs the 2020 NFL draft approaches at the end of next month, Badgers Jonathan Taylor, Zack Baun, Chris Orr and Read…It is clear to see that, with such strong athletics programs year in and year out, Wisconsin has developed an extensive network of alumni that represent the Badgers at the next level of competition. With sports currently on hold, it’s always worth a look back at the memories each of these talented individuals has created for Badger fans around the nation.