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Looking down the weather road

Jeff Caldwell 09/14/2012 @ 1:09pm Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

Weather experts are looking ahead to 2013 and seeing signs that the drought that has dominated U.S. weather this summer likely won't altogether die down before next year's critical crop time arrives. But, there are a lot of factors to throw into the mix, and it's far from a clear-cut issue at this point. See what some experts and other farmers are saying.


Will drought stretch into 2013?

If this outlook's correct, look out. Though there's been a shift away from the La Nina period in the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) index, one expert says that doesn't necessarily mean it's moving enough in the other direction to show El Nino's anywhere near taking the reins. That could be bad news for the prospects of much significant soil moisture recharge between now and next spring.

 

Is this year's drought just the beginning?

What are the odds of the drought disaster of 2012 repeating itself in 2013? Looking back at 2012, a perfect storm of events teamed up to make it one of the driest summers in memory for the Midwest. The roots of the drought of 2012 involve some events you might not know much about. And those phenomena relate to long-term drought prospects.


   
 
 
 
 

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