Flash Drought?

Flash Drought?

Drought stricken farm. Drought stricken farm.

Watch out for flash drought. A climatologists says weather conditions in mid-June look eerily similar to 2012 when there was also little concern about drought.

According to the latest drought monitor, parts of Iowa, Missouri and Indiana are considered abnormally dry. And that means farmers are on the watch for a 'flash drought' brought on by a drop in precipitation and a jump in temperatures and wind.

"I'm a little concerned about missing some showers," says Gary Porter a corn farmer in Missouri: "El Nino is switching to La Nina.  It's looking more like a pattern from 2012, which was a drought year here. And every forecast I've seen is warmer and dryer during the summer, which is not good for us.”

Brian Fuchs with the National Drought Mitigation Center says precipitation can be hit or miss this time of year.  But soil across the corn belt has adequate moisture.

He says temperatures are pushing above normal so far this year, but any stress or dryness is more short-term and cannot compare to the drought affecting the West Coast.

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