STAFF BLOG STORM TRACKER Drought Brings Good With Bad
Since 1993, the weather pattern over the Red River Valley region has been wet. Dry periods within this time frame have been few and generally brief. Average annual rainfall increased 15-20 per cent st... Posted on 3/11/15 at 12:55 AM
STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Some weather-related problems worse than others
I drove to work today on streets made slippery by recent snow. I complained a little, especially since a few drivers lacked the wit to slow down.
But my weather-related problems are modest, to say th... Posted on 2/11/15 at 1:03 PM
LONDON - The planet faces a 40 percent shortfall in water supplies in 15 years due to urbanization, population growth and increasing demand for water for food production, energy and industry, the United Nations said on Friday.
“According to the March 19 outlook, much of eastern South Dakota is shown to be in an area that will likely have an expansion of drought at some point between now and the end of June,” said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist.
After planting, crops will need rainfall to germinate. But a timely rain or two will get regional growers through. By summer, the effects a continued lack of rain will depend on the temperatures. If it is hot, evaporation rates will be greater and crops will need more rain. If it is cool, crops can get by with less.
Federal officials acted properly when they curtailed water extraction from California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect fish and orca species at the expense of farmers and other water users in central California, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Dec. 22.
A new report from the University of California, Davis, shows California agriculture is weathering its worst drought in decades because of groundwater reserves, but the nation’s produce basket might come up dry in the future if it continues to treat those reserves like an unlimited savings account.
University of California, Davis
July 15, 2014
As California enters summer with a below-normal mountain snowpack to feed its streams and reservoirs, the portion of the parched state experiencing exceptionally severe drought conditions is growing, experts say.
California’s drought will cause thousands of workers to lose their jobs and cost farmers in the state’s Central Valley breadbasket $1.7 billion, researchers say in the first economic study of what may be the state’s driest year on record.
The most powerful winter storm to hit California in more than a year dumped several feet of snow in the high Sierras and soaked lower elevations with rain over the weekend, easing drought conditions but leaving the state thirsting for more, officials said on Monday.
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