Graphic: U.S. Climate Prediction Center Early March rains have caused some minor flooding in central Georgia but have brought little relief from the drought. Without substantial additional rains, the three-year drought will persist through the summer across the state.West central and central Georgia received generous rain over the weekend, with Americus reporting 5.0 inches, Buena Vista 5.1, Butler 3.9, Columbus reporting 5.0, Covington 2.4, Macon 3.5, Milledgeville 4.8, Montezuma 3.8, Sandersville 3.4 and Talbotton 4.9.Most Amounts More ModestLesser amounts were reported elsewhere in the state. North Georgia examples include Cartersville receiving 1.0 inches, Lafayette 0.9, Athens 1.7, Atlanta 1.8, Blairsville 0.5 and Carnesville 1.1.East central Georgia examples include Augusta receiving 1.9 inches, Louisville 2.5 and Warrenton 2.9.Across south Georgia, Cairo had 2.6 inches, Camilla 4.4, Douglas 2.4, Tifton 2.8, Alma 0.6, Brunswick 0.5, Folkston 1.1, Jesup 0.7, Savannah 1.1 and Waycross 0.9.Rainfall Deficits the RuleEven with recent rains, most locations in Georgia are reporting rainfall deficits for the year. The exceptions are portions of Bartow, Floyd, Haralson, Paulding and Polk counties in northwest Georgia. For the year, Athens is 2.27 inches below normal, Atlanta 2.15, Augusta 2.01, Columbus 1.59, Macon 2.71, Savannah 3.86 and Tifton 4.74.These values have improved over the past week. However, with normal weekly rainfall ranging from 1.1 to 1.4 inches across the state, conditions can quickly deteriorate if the rain doesn’t continue. Graphic: U.S. Climate Prediction Center The Seasonal U.S. Drought Outlook through May 2001 (released Feb. 16) depicts long-term trends. Short-term events such as individual storms cannot be accurately forecast more than a few days in advance. Even with the recent rains, national Climate Prediction Center models indicate that soil moisture remains very low across north and south Georgia. Recent rains have brought soil moisture levels across the central part of the state to near normal.Stream Flows ImproveStream flows have shown recovery from record to near-record low flows late last week. However without additional rains, this recovery will be short-lived, and streams will return to extremely low levels.Even with the helpful recent rains, drought conditions are expected to continue across the state. We will need several more rains like last weekend’s to have any significant, long-lasting impacts on the drought in Georgia.
Former Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye says President Akufo-Addo has a bad choice as sports minister, highlighting the challenges the sector is facing under the leadership of Isaac Asiamah.Asiamah has been in charge since the New Patriotic Party (NPP) took office in 2017. He is the longest-serving sports minister since 2001. Under his watch, the Accra Sports Stadium has been renovated with Baba Yara Stadium currently undergoing renovation.Also, in partnership with the National Youth Authority, the Ministry is constructing 10 multi-purpose sports facilities across the country.Isaac Asiamah As Sports Minister Is A Bad Choice – Nii Lante Vanderpuye Member of Parliament for Odododiodio Constituency Nii Lante Vanderpuye believes the incumbent Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah was wrongly appointed.Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-90.5x1x1.25×1.5x2x facebook twitter Email reddit linkedin Linkhttps://www.myjoyonline.com/sports/other-sports/akufo-addo-has-a-bad-choice-as-sports-minister-vanderpuye-slams-asiamahs-works/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedAuto180p720p406p270p180pLive00:0000:2600:25 However, the Member of Parliament for Odododiodio has not been impressed with Mr Asiamah’s works. In an interview with Joy Sports, Mr Vanderpuye said little has been done to support the sporting disciplines.“I get complaints all the time. Boxers are complaining, Armwrestling complaining, weightlifting complaining, almost all the sporting disciplines are complaining. If they don’t get support from the Ghana Olympic Committee, they don’t get support at all. This is not good for Ghana Sports,” he said.“I thought that the President was somebody who I have known to love sports but I think he has a bad choice of a minister, that’s the problem. I must be frank with you, I said it at the beginning that the President made a mistake of choosing Asiamah as the Minister for Sports”. During his 11 months spell, Mr Vanderpuye oversaw the construction of Trust Sports Emporium which was unveiled in November. According to him, the project and many others planned before his exit is what the incumbent government is benefiting from.” As we are talking today, weightlifting is the only sporting discipline in Ghana that is seeing some level of (uprise), maybe to some extent swimming. Even swimming, if we had not built a swimming pool at the Bukom Boxing Arena [Trust Sports Emporium], where will swimming be?” he quizzed.“Ghana was able to host the Africa Zone 2 tournament, brought so many countries, close to about 16 countries to Ghana. That is good, that’s the vision that we had. Initially, we were going to build only a boxing Arena but we said no, lets swimming, let’s add this, let’s add that. It takes people with the vision to build sports for the future,” he added.