Long-term Dry Conditions a Possibility

| September 14, 2013 | 7:20 am
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The drought-like conditions in northern Missouri are wrecking havoc on agriculture. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Climatologist Pat Guinan:

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“We’ve had an unusual wet pattern over the past 30 to 40 years,” said Guinan, “And what history has shown is, like the 1950s, the 1930s, even the 1960s. Those were very dry periods. Dry decades, for that matter. And in my opinion, it’s somewhat of a reality check, the dryness we’ve seen over the past couple years.”

Guinan doubts this thirty-year wet period will continue to sustain itself.

Drought Monitor

The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced in partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.

“It’s very evident, when you look back through the record over the past 100 years or so, we’ve had some very dry years in Missouri. And if anything, it’s been a very wet one over the past 30 to 40 years.”

This year’s dry conditions were almost exclusively located in the north part of the state, with other areas in the region experiencing harmful amounts of rainfall.

 

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