Flash droughts: anomaly or new standard?

On last week’s Rural MN Radio, Jim and Marnie talked about a new phenomenon meteorologists are noticing that they’ve dubbed “flash droughts.” More than just droughts, though, flash droughts are part of a strange pattern of weather we’ve been seeing in Minnesota where we go through sudden swings from wet weather to drought to wet to drought.

Whether this is here to stay or just a temporary anomaly, it does make us think about the impact our unpredictable weather can have, and not just for farmers, but for our water supplies as well.

Thinking about flash droughts and water supply