Cross country storms to hit South and East with more ice, snow

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Multiple storms will move across the U.S. this weekend into next week bringing snow and ice from coast to coast.Thursday’s storm hit the South with freezing rain and sleet and turned roads dangerous from Texas to Virginia.In Fort Worth, Texas, at least six people died and 65 others were injured in a massive freeway pileup that involved over 100 vehicles. Fort Worth police said the icy roads likely contributed to the crash.Some areas in central and western Texas got up to 1 inch of ice accretion. There were also widespread reports of half an inch of ice accumulation in Arizona, Tennessee and Kentucky.Now, that storm is moving through North Carolina and Virginia with snow and ice. Raleigh is under a winter weather advisory for freezing rain and sleet.On Friday morning, 36 states, from Oregon to Maryland, are under some sort of snow, ice or cold alert.Meanwhile, a second storm is already wreaking havoc in Oregon, Washington and Northern California, where snow, ice and gusty winds are causing treacherous road conditions.A winter storm warning is set for Portland, Oregon, and a winter storm watch is set for Seattle, which is expected to see heavy snow and gusty winds. There is even a blizzard warning for the Columbia River Gorge.Part of that western storm is moving quickly east, and will bring an icy mix to the Mid-Atlantic by Saturday evening into Sunday, where a winter storm watch has been posted for Washington, D.C.By Sunday night into Monday, a third storm will move out of the West and slide south into Texas and Oklahoma.A winter storm watch has been issued for Dallas, Oklahoma City and nearly all the way down to the Mexican border. Heavy snow and gusty winds are expected there.This third storm is then expected to move to the East Coast. It will bring an icy mix to the I-95 corridor and heavy snow inland.With all these storms coming up over the next five to seven days, almost all lower 48 states will see some sort of wintry precipitation accumulation, even as far south as San Antonio, Texas, and Jackson, Mississippi.Apart from that, dangerous cold air will pour into the South, reaching Texas by Sunday into Monday.Wind chills could reach below-zero temperatures even as far south as Dallas and Austin, Texas.The North will also see some cold. Winds chills could dip as low as -60 degrees and frost bite could set in on exposed skin in as little as five minutes.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Lacey’s Alternate Day Watering Schedule Begins June 1

first_imgFacebook95Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of LaceyLacey water customers will follow an alternate day watering schedule for their yards and outdoor landscapes beginning Sunday, June 1, 2014. Alternate day watering is mandatory for all Lacey water customers during the months of June, July, August, and September.The Lacey City Council approved the watering policy in 2006 as an effort to reduce peak water demand during the summer. Lacey’s water usage has exceeded 16 million gallons per day during summer months compared with only five million gallons per day in the winter.Water customers with addresses ending with an odd number (i.e., 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9) may water Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday. Addresses ending with an even number (i.e., 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8) may water on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Friday is a non-watering day for all Lacey water customers.Scheduled watering applies to turf (grass), annual and perennial ornamental flowerbeds, vegetable gardens, and any other landscaping plant material that is regularly maintained outside of a residence or commercial building. Lacey water customers failing to follow the alternate day watering schedule will receive a warning, with further action taken if necessary. Water used for other purposes such as pools, pressure washing, outdoor potted plants, hanging baskets, and plants inside greenhouses are not currently restricted by this policy.The water policy does allow limited exemptions. For example, newly seeded lawns and landscape, and publicly-owned facilities with active playfields may be watered more frequently. To obtain an exemption under the alternate day watering schedule, customers must contact Lacey Water Resources.Reminder magnets for the alternate day watering schedule are available at City Hall Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Magnets will also be available at Lacey Community Market’s Yard and Garden Day on Saturday, July 12 at the Lacey Water Resources table.For more information regarding the alternate day watering policy, please contact Lacey Water Resources at (360) 438-2687, or by email at [email protected] Information is also available on the city’s website at www.ci.lacey.wa.us/odd-even.last_img read more

Plant survival in flooded conditions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Due to large rain events this spring, many fields have been flooded.While both corn and soybeans can survive flooding/ponding for a period of time, several factors determine the length of time plants can survive. Young corn plants can usually survive two to four days in flooded conditions. Death of corn plants is more likely prior to the V6 stage of development because the growing point is still below the soil surface.Soybeans can usually survive two to four days completely submersed. If weather is cool (mid 60s or cooler) plants are more likely to survive several days of flooding. If temperatures are warm (mid 70s or warmer) plants may not survive 24 hours under flooded conditions. Ponding of six or more days can result in significant stand losses and death of all plants where ponding has occurred. Although ponding/flooding has the potential to impact stands, crops have the ability to survive under the right conditions.For more information on impacts of ponding and assessing crop damage, CLICK HERE.last_img read more

Manure separation shows promise for better nutrient management

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, Ohio Field LeaderFor every 1,000 gallons of manure produced on Dwayne Stateler’s Hancock County hog operation, there are 50 pounds of nitrogen, 28 pounds of potassium, 20 pounds of phosphorus, and 5 pounds of sulfur available to benefit crops produced on the farm.Duane and Anthony Stateler grow corn, soybeans and wheat on approximately 600 acres in Hancock County and also operate a 7,200-head wean to finish swine operation. The Stateler farm is one of three operations in the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network — a joint partnership between U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Services and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. The Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network is a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative project designed to showcase and demonstrate leading edge conservation practices to improve Great Lakes water quality. The Statelers have committed 243 acres to the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network and they are always looking to improve the efficiency of nutrient management in their operation.Over the years, the Statelers have used various conservation practices on the farm to better manage those valuable nutrients in the manure including: variable rate manure application, planting cover crops, and water control structures for drainage water management. They also have installed a phosphorus removal bed and conduct edge-of-field monitoring of the water coming off their farm both through the tile and from surface drainage. One of the more recent areas of manure management the Statelers are exploring deals with treating their swine manure to remove the solids and lower the phosphorus and nitrogen components.“We are always open to try new things. The goal is to improve the environmental impact as well as enhance the economic returns to the farm,” Stateler said. “If there is any way we can get away from running a full manure tanker for each acre to get the nutrients we need, or even condense it to cover more acres, that would be a benefit. Hopefully this technology will allow us to be more efficient in how we deliver these nutrients.”To accomplish this, the Stateler’s are working with Rick Johnson, a researcher with Applied EnvironmentalRick Johnson is a researcher with InNow, LLC and Applied Environmental Solutions, an Ohio-based company that uses existing technologies and attempts to align them with agricultural applications.Solutions, an Ohio based company that uses existing technologies and attempts to align them with agricultural applications. Johnson’s background is in the municipal waste industry, but in recent years he has shifted his focus to agriculture. Johnson has worked with a dairy farm’s lagoons and anaerobic digester, a poultry operation with the egg wash water and manure solids, and now with the Statelers he is focusing on better managing the nutrients in swine manure.“The key is to make it cost effective,” Johnson said. “We know the technology works, but we want to be able to determine what it will cost, per unit of phosphorus, to lower the manure to a specific level. I would like to be able to develop an economic curve and tell a farmer what the amount of phosphorus is that can be removed at a given price and percentage based on this data. The goal is not for the farmer to change his operation, but find a technology that is robust enough and economical enough to make it fit his operation.”Johnson and his team at Applied Environmental Solutions are testing two different technologies. The first is a KDS Multi-Disk Roller Separator manufactured by Kendensha Co., Ltd in Japan. The KDS Separator is compact, energy efficient and self-cleaning.“This is a low-cost solid separator that is cheaper than a centrifuge or other technologies,” Johnson said. “For some operations, mechanically separating the solids in the manure from the liquids is sufficient to lower the phosphorus to their desired level. The two products — solids from the manure and the liquid — can then be stored and applied separately.”Manure is poured into the upper section of the machine and the movement through a series ofThis KDS Separator offers a lower cost option to separate liquid and solid components of manure.contiguously placed oval plates separates the solids from the liquids. Additionally, through the continuous rotation of multiple oval plates between the slits, the separated solid is transferred while preventing the slits from clogging. The solids emerge from the separator with moisture contents from 20% to 30% moisture for hog manure and 25% to 30% for cattle manure, according to Kendensha Co. specs.Once processed in the KDS Separator, Johnson and the Statelers are also looking at a second technology being tested to further refine the liquid portion of the manure. The equipment is contained in a trailer.“Because every farm is unique in terms of the type of animals raised, the feed rations, and thus characteristics of the manure, the liquid initially is tested in a mobile laboratory to determine specific parameters of the product and measure the pH,” Johnson said.Based on the specifics of the liquid portion of the manure, it is then run through a series of stages in which the pH is adjusted and additional fine particles are removed. Then the remaining phosphorus is precipitated out of the solution with the addition of a hydrated lime product. The reaction creates a slurry containing calcium phosphate and water.“Initial testing has found that this two-step approach removes as much as 87% of the phosphorus,” Johnson said. “The calcium phosphate can be used on the farm or potentially sold as an additional revenue stream. We are also looking at the nitrogen component that remains in the water and the value in that.”Theresa Dirksen is the coordinator for Mercer County Ag Solutions, and initially coordinated projects with Johnson and farmer cooperators in Mercer County. She said, once separated, the different components of the manure can be used accordingly based on the needs and situation of the cooperating farmers.This dried calcium phosphate is one of the end products.“Ideally the water could be used for irrigation or fertigation of growing crops and the solids separated from the manure could be transported to areas with less livestock concentration where it is needed,” she said.Projects like this are just one part of the broad nutrient management efforts being researched and put on display through Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network. The manure separation technology demonstration on the Stateler farm was part of a Manure Spill Training Day held this summer for farmers, manure applicators and any organization/government agency that is potentially involved with a manure discharge or spill. At the event, Terry Mescher with the Ohio Department of Agriculture Review of Rules and Authorities of Government Agencies talked about the importance of contacting the local Soil and Water Conservation district in the case of a manure spill and following the proper chain of command. HeThe liquid component of the manure is tested in a mobile laboratory to determine specific parameters of the product and measure the pH.pointed out the importance of documenting every step (including an up-to-date weather forecast) and following all protocols in all cases in the event that a problem could arise. Matt Heckler, with the Mercer Soil and Water Conservation District conducted an in-field demonstration of how to remediate manure discharges through in-channel aeration, damming stream and/or surface flow in field, and the careful use of a tile plug and pump out pits from tile lines. When things do not go as planned, he emphasized the extreme importance of rapid response to a manure spill to minimize environmental impacts and costs to the farmer.For more on the KDS Separator visit kendensha.com/pdf/slit_english.pdf. For more on the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms visit blancharddemofarms.org.Ohio Field Leader is a project of the Ohio Soybean Council. For more, visit ohiofieldleader.com.Manure separation shows promise for better nutrient managementlast_img read more

A CHANCE FOR TOUCH GROWTH

first_imgThe presence of NSW Country at the 2004 Australia Cup has been a great addition to the competition, as well as a development experience for the NSW Country players. Riley Sohier, NSW Country tour manager and a NSW touch development officer for the Hunter-Western Hornets believes the Australia Cup has been a really positive experience for their players. NSW Country brought four teams to the Australia Cup, a Women’s Open, Senior and 23 years, as well as a Mens Senior. It is the first time that a NSW side has attended an ATA event in Victoria since 1985. “It’s been a great tournament and the players are all really enjoying the trip,” Mr Sohier said. “Everyone’s really feeling like it’s a special occasion; it’s really great to be able to represent NSW.” While the weather in Melbourne has been a little frosty, literally, the competition has been tight. The Senior Men have struggled, yet to win a match, while the Women have proved to be stronger. “We’ve been quite surprised by the standard of competition from the developing states. We don’t actually get to see them a lot, so it’s good to see their improvement,” Mr Sohier said. “I believe that for the game of touch football to develop in Australia we have to break away from the NSW and Queensland focus and help with development Australia wide,” he continued. The Senior Women have performed well, with a close 2-1 loss to the ACT 23’s and another close 4-2 loss to SA Open. A cold early morning match against Tasmania today saw them break through for their first win of the tournament. The Open Women are also playing well, with a 7-4 win over SA Open and a 10-2 win over the ACT 23’s. They will certainly find the finals tough though, with Victoria, the ACT and the NSW 23’s all looking strong. The young NSW girls have scored freely throughout the tournament, with easy wins to date. They opened the Cup with an 11-2 victory over the Victorian 23’s and 12-0 win over the EPTA Seniors. Nicole Beck scored five touchdowns in the match against the Victorian 23’s, while Ashleigh Dobbins scored four times against the EPTA side. Despite the weather, the Australia Cup has certainly been a valuable trip away for the NSW Country sides and given them the chance to grow against some good touch competition. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img read more

Parliamentary Sports Day

first_imgIn glorious Canberra conditions, Raiders, Brumbies and Parliamentary teams competed for fun in the Touch Football component of the Parliamentary Sports Festival.Occurring on a Public Holiday in the ACT, the Raiders team had a mix of Touch Football ACT representatives along with rampaging Raiders forward Paul Vaughan who showed great speed and footwork during the afternoon.Recovering Brumby David Pocock showed he is not too far aware from playing after a second knee reconstruction, showing no signs of a injury and being agile in both attack and defence. Recently retired Brumby Pat McCabe also attended as Manager of the Brumbies line-up.Not to be outdone, the Parliamentary teams were well led by Mr Graham Perrett MP (Member for Moreton, Queensland) and Mr Andrew Nikolic AM, CSC, MP (Member for Bass, Tasmania). Politicians, regardless of their party played alongside each other in the same teams in what is a great annual event – the Parliamentary Sports Festival.Related LinksParliamentary Sports Daylast_img read more

10 months agoCardiff go for Sunderland forward Maja, Everton’s Niasse

first_imgCardiff go for Sunderland forward Maja, Everton’s Niasseby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City have jumped into the race for Sunderland forward Josh Maja.The Sun says the Bluebirds want the 19-year-old on a permanent deal either in January or in the summer and confirmed their interest in Oumar Niasse on a potential loan from Everton.Maja, who turns 20 just after Christmas, has scored 13 goals in 25 appearances (in all competitions) for Jack Ross’ Black Cats this season.He could follow fellow Sunderland teammate Joel Asoro, now at Swansea City, in making the switch from Wearside to South Wales. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Vine: Frank Martin Dropped Multiple F-Bombs While Screaming At Duane Notice

first_imgFrank Martin drops F-bomb on Duane Notice.VineLast year, South Carolina head coach Frank Martin was suspended after screaming obscenities at guard Duane Notice. Martin apologized for the incident, and said there was “no place” for language like that directed towards players, but clearly that is easier said than done. During today’s game against Kentucky, Martin lashed out at Notice once again, dropping at least four f-bombs during a rant that was caught on camera.Players know what they’re getting into when signing up to play for Martin, and we have to imagine Notice is used to it, but it will be interesting to see if this sparks another controversy.[@LostLettermen]last_img read more

Here’s How To Watch Notre Dame vs. Northeastern Online

first_imgFlickr/Glenn~Flickr/Glenn~The second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament tips off Thursday, and the first game of the day will be between No. 3 seed Notre Dame and No. 14 seed Northeastern. The Irish and Huskies tip off at 12:15 PM EST in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The winner takes on the winner of Butler vs. Texas in the next round. You can read more about the contest here.If you’re wondering whether you can watch the contest online, fear not. The NCAA is making every game available this year. Below, you can find the link for Notre Dame vs. Northeastern.Watch Notre Dame vs. Northeastern OnlineWill it be the Irish or the Huskies moving on? We’ll find out soon enough.last_img read more

BC Transit unveils new Vicinity buses

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Transit unveiled two new Vicinity buses that will be coming to the Energetic City Friday afternoon.The 35-foot medium duty buses made by Grande West International Ltd. will better meet the transit needs of the community they serve.“We are pleased that Fort St. John residents will benefit from the newer vehicles,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. “We look forward to enjoying the updates and improvements to the fleet.” A bus can seat 30 passengers with room for 24 standees along with two mobility aids and are also equipped with two doors for easier access to enter or exit the bus for customers. They will feature closed-circuit cameras for improved customer safety.“The new buses will help us better connect people and communities in Fort St. John,” added BC Transit President and Chief Executive Officer, Manuel Achadinha. “Customers will see and hear a difference with the new buses as they are more effective and efficient.”Each bus will cost roughly $347,000 and will be funded by the province and the City of Fort St. John through the B.C. Transit President and Chief Executive Officer.Over 100 Vicinity buses will be arriving in communities across B.C. over the next two years.For more information about the Fort St. John transit system visit bctransit.com/fort-st-john.last_img read more