Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, February 4, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Warm weather continues today, but we shift into a very active pattern for this week. As we look at the forecast on the whole this morning, we have a rather large concern about too much water coming, particularly on still frozen ground in some spots. The thaw this weekend was enough to make the top layer of the ground very greasy, but underneath, we still have a strong frozen layer, and that will make it very interesting to see where the water ends up going.Today, We will be dry for most of the day, while clouds are on the increase. Scattered showers develop across the state later on, closer to sunset in the west, and then continue through the overnight. We are looking for a few hundredths to a quarter of an inch with 70% coverage. Winds will stay strong out of the SW through the day, allowing another day of above normal temps to dominate Ohio.We turn a little colder tomorrow behind today’s front with cloudy to partly sunny skies. We should be mostly dry through the day with our next round of action holding off until early Wednesday morning. Once it arrives, though, we are very wet with rain from Wednesday through Friday morning. Rain totals for that entire period will be from 1″-2.25″ with coverage at 100%. The heavier rains likely end up south of I-70. This two and a half day period is what is truly raising our biggest concerns about too much water in the short term. The map at right shows cumulative rain potential now through Friday midday.Friday clouds give way to sun, but we turn significantly colder. In fact, we expect temperatures to be below freezing statewide. Partly sunny, but cold conditions hold through Saturday.Sunday clouds increase. We are still cold, with temps below normal, we expect a little spat of snow to come across the state, bringing a coating to an inch of accumulation with 75% coverage. This wave of snow does not last long at all. We are back to partly sunny skies for next Monday.Tuesday rain shows up, bringing .25”-.75” rain totals and 90% coverage. However, this system moves through faster, with clearing happening already by sunset or at least near sunset Tuesday night. Another push of cold Canadian air comes in for next Wednesday, the 13th, with below freezing temps again statewide.In the extended period, we continue with a very active pattern. We can see rain form I-70 southward next Thursday (Valentine’s Day), with just clouds north. Then the same basic set up for next Friday as well, with rain in the southern third of Ohio, but just cloudy over the rest of the state. Morning scattered showers kick off the weekend next Saturday morning (16th) but then we turn colder. As clouds give way to sun for the balance of next weekend and the start of the week after next, we see much colder air returning, with temps well below normal through president’s day and the following Tuesday.last_img read more

Your Current Supply Chain Is Toast, But Its Replacement Will Be Awesome

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… paul brody Related Posts 3D printing, intelligent robotics, and open source hardware stand to revolutionize modern-day manufacturing. These disruptive forces will usher in a new manufacturing paradigm that is managed by software and data files — something we call the “software-defined supply chain.”For more than a year, my colleagues and I have been carefully studying the likely impact and implications of these technologies. We wanted to see if these new technologies could alleviate many of the constraints and the fixed costs of a traditional supply chain, and if so, to what extent?What Software-Defined Supply Chains Save YouTo verify this, we built an integrated supply chain model and then tore apart a series of electronics items — including a mobile phone, a hearing aid, a washing machine, and an industrial display.In each case, we wanted to know if we could make that product in a new software-defined supply chain model and, if so, what the economics would look like, in the present, as well as in the coming decade, and see if we could forecast the cost and capability path of these technologies.While we found that a software-defined supply chain model quickly becomes cheaper to operate, that alone was not the most impactful finding. Instead, it was the vast reduction in scale that it enables.On average, by the end of our forecast period, we determined that our products, when made in a software-defined supply chain model, would be 23 percent cheaper, on average, than they are now in traditional manufacturing. Even more importantly, the scale required to achieve a cost-effective result was up to 90 percent lower.Why They’re More EfficientEconomies of scale matter because the fixed costs and lead times associated with manufacturing have traditionally been high. Designs can take months to complete, and then many objects require dedicated capital equipment like molds, casts and machine tools. Companies work hard to drive component standardization and re-use so they can spread those large investments across the highest possible volume of production to keep costs low.By contrast, software-defined supply chains use 3D printers and open source designs to eliminate or dramatically reduce many of those fixed costs and, in so doing, reduce the need for high product volumes to achieve more competitive pricing.Out of the four products we tested to understand the benefits of a software-defined supply chain, the levels of median economic scale were shown to be 75 percent lower over a span of five years and up to 90 percent lower over a decade.Though we did not account for it in our supply chain model, the impact is likely to be understated and open sourcing will also command significant reductions in design cycle-time as companies and consumers increasingly start their projects from proven designs.More Flexibility — And More CompetitionFor enterprises, the implications of significantly reduced economies of scale should be a mixture of an opportunity and a threat. To start with, things that used to be very difficult — making a final buy of spare parts — may no longer be necessary. Need a part? Print one. No need to keep nearly as much inventory on hand, either.There are challenges, however, to be aware of. If the typical volumes required to be efficient today imply that 3-5 major companies are serving a particular market, they will in the future suggest that it is possible that as many as 30-50 smaller companies could serve the same market profitably. Industry leaders will have to contend with the risk of significantly increased competition, much of it driven by local sources.Companies that are well positioned for the future are the ones that are thinking ahead about how they can re-work their supply chains to profitably serve these smaller niches.One IBM client we spoke to currently makes products in volumes of millions of each SKU. In the future, they anticipate that a typical production run may be as little as 5,000 units – and they are restructuring their entire supply chain, product design, and distribution model accordingly. Ultimately, they believe that they must be efficient with a production run of one unit. This defines a snapshot of the future.You can read the full IBM report on the Software Defined Supply Chain here, or on the IBM IBV app available through iTunes and Android.This post originally appeared on IBM’s A Smarter Planet blog. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#3d printing#IBM#Software Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more


first_imgGary Kirsten on Tuesday officially stepped down as the coach of the Indian cricket team and said that working with M.S. Dhoni and his boys had been one of the most cherished moments of his life.”Coaching the Indian team has been one of my most cherished moments. This Indian team is in a very healthy position. It has been a massive privilege to be a part of Team India,” Kirsten said at a press conference.”My goal while coaching India had been to make it the No. 1 team in the world,” he said.Kirsten lavished praise on Indian cricketers, especially captain Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar. “Dhoni is the best captain in the world. He always gives his 100 per cent,” he said.Asked if he saw Sachin playing in the 2015 World Cup, Kirsten said: “It would be great to have him around. I hope Sachin keeps going as long as he enjoys it. One never knows how long that could be.”Kirsten said the Indian team’s fielding had shown immense progress. “I was surprised to see how the players fielded during the knockout games at the World Cup,” he said, making a special mention of Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli.He said Kohli was now ready for Test cricket and Ishant Sharma was a star of the future.Kirsten said he had been overwhelmed by the love the players and fans had shown for him. “It has been one of the hardest goodbyes I have had to make,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

NEPA Launches Environmental Project in Negril

first_img The project, entitled ‘Integrated Water, Land and Ecosystems (IWEco): Biodiversity Mainstreaming in Coastal Landscape in the Negril Environmental Protection Area of Jamaica’, is to commence on January 2019 and end in 2022. The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has launched a subnational project aimed at restoring the hydrological and other physical functions of the Negril Great Morass in Westmoreland.The launch was held at Couples Swept Away Resort in Negril, Westmoreland, on November 29.The project, entitled ‘Integrated Water, Land and Ecosystems (IWEco): Biodiversity Mainstreaming in Coastal Landscape in the Negril Environmental Protection Area of Jamaica’, is to commence on January 2019 and end in 2022.It is being funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with support from the Government at a combined cost of US$13 million.NEPA is the executing agency, with other government agencies and stakeholders in Negril set to play key roles in the implementation of the project.In his remarks at the launch, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon Daryl Vaz, said the project is a timely one.“The biodiversity of the Negril environment protection area continues to be threatened by human-induced drainage of its wetlands, coastal development, unsustainable agricultural practices and the proliferation of informal settlements,” he stated.He noted that with the development plans that are on stream for Negril, it is critical to ensure that the natural resources of the resort town and its biodiversity are not impacted negatively.In this regard, Mr. Vaz disclosed that NEPA has been mandated by Cabinet to develop a “master plan” to guide the scope of development for Negril, adding that stakeholders will also play an active role in the formation of the development plans.“The Government recognises that for Negril and its communities to be developed, focus has to be placed on the orderly development and conservation of the environment.A recent Cabinet decision mandated the development of a master plan for what is being called the new Negril boundaries, since the Cabinet has no intention of changing the dynamics of the old Negril or what we call the original Negril,” Minister Vaz stated.For his part, Chief Executive Officer and Government Town Planner at NEPA, Peter Knight, said the “project is expected to contribute to a reduction in the degradation of the peat resources, improve human health and improve water and air quality in Negril and its environs”.He also called for support at the community level to safeguard the success of the subnational project.The Negril Great Morass is a wetland that plays a vital role in the flood protection and removal of nutrients from water sources before they deposit into the seas.It is also high on productivity, species diversity and is well known for its reserves of peat.The IWEco project aims to enhance and re-establish native vegetation to provide a sustainable habitat for wetland fauna, eliminate issues that degrade the ecosystem functions, and implement institutional arrangements to ensure the long-term sustainability of the wetland biological resources. Story Highlights The launch was held at Couples Swept Away Resort in Negril, Westmoreland, on November 29. The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has launched a subnational project aimed at restoring the hydrological and other physical functions of the Negril Great Morass in Westmoreland.last_img read more