STAFF BLOG STORM TRACKER The Shape and Size of Rain
We have all been told since childhood that no two snowflakes are alike (although there are a relatively small number of basic snow crystal patterns). But have you ever thought about differences betwee... Posted on 6/3/15 at 10:38 PM
STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT A million dollar rain
Older aggies -- a group that apparently includes me, unfortunately -- sometimes describe timely, beneficial precipitation as "a million dollar rain." The description, as much poetical as practical, ge... Posted on 5/11/15 at 4:15 PM
RURAL REFLECTIONS Rural Reflections Radio
Here is this week's Rural Reflections Radio program, The Al Gustafson memorial rain garden... Posted on 1/30/15 at 9:36 AM
FARM BLEAT Dream on!
Sixteen years ago next week, my folks and I loaded up the car and headed west, destination Seattle.
At the time, I was working in Redwood Falls and in dire need of getting away from it all. Seattle so... Posted on 4/29/14 at 5:18 PM
ROME - Farmers in Africa and East Asia are expected to suffer crop losses as extreme weather linked to the El Nino phenomenon alters rainfall patterns, scientists told a conference on climate change in Bonn on Wednesday.
BONN, Germany - Rising greenhouse gases have boosted rainfall in the Sahel region of Africa, easing droughts that killed 100,000 people in the 1970s and 1980s, in a rare positive effect of climate change, a study said on Monday.
Two months after the first rains fell in Zunzanyika village last autumn, tensions were high. The rains — which mark the start of the planting season — had disappeared as quickly as they had come, and crops planted in October failed to germinate.
What a difference a week makes. After a fast start to the planting season, we got a short break thanks to some precipitation that was much-needed at the time. Many areas were in dire need of moisture, so it was nice to see much of South Dakota getting rain.
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