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Weather Talk: Dry spell not as bad as the late 80s

This spring, the combination of a dry fall, light winter snow, and a general lack of heavy rainfall this spring has left the topsoil a bit dry in and around the Fargo Moorhead area. Windy days bring areas of heavy blowing dust. During most of the...

This spring, the combination of a dry fall, light winter snow, and a general lack of heavy rainfall this spring has left the topsoil a bit dry in and around the Fargo Moorhead area. Windy days bring areas of heavy blowing dust. During most of the 20th century, such conditions were a normal, occasional occurrence. The wet weather since 1993 has gotten us so used to wet conditions that a little dry spell now seems like a big drought. It has been dry, but our region is nowhere near the levels of drought we experienced in the late 1980s. Another misconception that has surfaced recently is the idea that “average” is the same thing as “favorable.” This is not true. Apart from the flooding, most agriculture in the Red River Valley has actually fared better during the wet years since 1993 than before.

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