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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published August 03 2012

Weather Talk: Our region has avoided serious hydrological drought

There are two possible outcomes of a drought. This summer’s lack of rain has turned into an agricultural drought. Yields have been reduced. Prices have been affected.

But because the past 11 months of dry weather has occurred on the heels of three exceptionally wet years (and floods), our region has so far avoided the more serious hydrological drought.

Even though it has been exceptionally warm and dry, rivers and lakes are still high. Wetlands are still healthy. Our water supply is, for the moment, doing just fine.

Not to diminish the significance and financial impact of the ongoing agricultural drought, but everyone must admit that the current situation of dry topsoil is a lot less frightening than the prospect of the water supply running low overall.

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