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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published July 12 2012

Weather Talk: No flooding good news, but conditions are dry

The good news is that following several years of near continuous minor flooding, interspersed with several periods of catastrophic flooding, the Red River and its tributaries have not even reached minor flood stage this year.

The bad news is that it’s dry. Crops are stressed, and yields will almost certainly be reduced. Lawns are yellow and headed for brown. These conditions will almost certainly get worse if the weather gets really hot, which is fairly likely because of the dry state of the topsoil.

But dry weather is a part of normal weather. After 19 years of mostly above-average precipitation, we have grown used to the benefits of steady rainfall.

Historically, we must realize that wet and dry together are what give us average. This summer is a little dry, but it is nowhere near as dry as the droughts of the late 1980s or the 1930s or the 1910s – at least, not yet.

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