Presentation on theme: "Climate Briefing September 17, 2009 Recent climate variability & impacts (What I did on my summer vacation) Forecasting West Africa seasonal rainfall Latest."— Presentation transcript:
Climate Briefing September 17, 2009 Recent climate variability & impacts (What I did on my summer vacation) Forecasting West Africa seasonal rainfall Latest ENSO conditions and forecasts Latest IRI global seasonal forecasts Photo Credit: Cornell University
T1R9, Maine Located in Piscataquis County ------------- There were 843 people – total – living full time in the more than 50 unnamed townships in Piscataquis county in 2004. That’s a cozy average population of about 17 Humans per township. The average moose density is about 18 Moose/township...
View of Mt. Katahdin from the lake shore at the Lyon Lodge… on a SUNNY summer day
http://vegetablemdonline.ppath.cornell.edu/N ewsArticles/LateBlightJune09.html Late Blight… in NY
http://www.longislandhort.cornell.edu/vegpath/photos/late blight_tomato.htm Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
http://www.hort.cornell.edu/department/Facilities/lihrec/vegpath/photos/lateblight_potato.htm Late Blight can also affect soils and tuber development Photo Credit: Cornell University
Phytophthora infestans is an oomycete or water mold that causes the serious potato disease known as late blight or potato blight. It was a major culprit in the 1845 Irish and 1846 Highland potato famines. The organism can also infect tomatoes and some other members of the Solanaceae.
Tmax 62°-75° F PRCP > 0.1 mm Tmin > 50° F RH > 75% From Forsund (1983), EPPO Bulletin: Meteorological Conditions Favorable for Phytophthora infestans Note: An infestation in the previous year also increases the probability of an outbreak in year “t+1” (often used as a predictor in models). The “potato famine” in Ireland began in 1845 (⅓ to ½ of total crop lost); in 1846 crop lost estimated at > ¾. The lower crop yields resulted in fewer seed potatoes available in subsequent years. Many other forecast models in use: Linear Discriminant Analysis, Logistic Regression, etc.
Millinocket, Maine Days Optimal for “Late Blight” (Phytophthora infestans) Tmax 62-75° F PRCP > 0.1 mm Tmin > 50° F RH * > 75% From Forsund (1983), EPPO Bulletin
View of Mt. Katahdin from the lake shore at the Lyon Lodge… on a sunny SEPTEMBER day
BTW: In 2003 Piscataquis County (home of T1R9) produced 80% of the world’s wooden golf tees... The End