By Matt Reese
Heat waves, droughts, windstorms and other weather extremes seem to be increasingly common. The weather seems to be changing, but it can often be hard to quantify and actually compare those changes. And, after the drought this year, many are wondering about the future of weather and rainfall trends.
“It is hard to look at a single year and make decisions. We have to look at trends,” said Sam Custer, with Ohio State University Extension in Darke County. “Over the past 100 years, we are trending to a warmer environment with more weather extremes. Research from Ohio State indicates that we will probably average close to what we have seen in terms of average rainfall, but we will see more extremes.”
While the change is a concern for a number of reasons, agriculture in Ohio could actually benefit significantly with the changes.
“In Ohio, we will probably not be hit by extremes like the western Corn Belt,” Custer said.… Continue readingRead More »