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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published September 06 2012

Weather Talk: Drought bad for growers but good for resort owners

As the growing season winds down to a dusty beet and bean harvest, it is noteworthy (if not necessarily helpful) to point out to growers across the region that this was a terrific lake resort season.

Not that one offsets the other. Yields are down. Period. But the fact remains that what is bad for the farmer is usually good for the lake resort owner.

Furthermore, the ongoing drought has been excellent for bringing the water table across the region back down from the ridiculously saturated state it had been in since 2009.

Whether drought was good for your wallet or bad, it remains a perfectly normal part of our climate cycle. Drought happens from time to time. And although there is no guarantee against flooding again next year or another year soon, the drought has broken the frightening run of three severe floods in three years. Dust may blow on windy days this fall. But at least we’re not sandbagging.


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