Recent storms ease drought in middle of US, could delay spring planting in muddy fields

March 12th, 2013


Category: Miscellaneous

(Fox Business News) – Climatologists say recent rain and snowstorms are slowly easing the grip of  the worst U.S. drought in decades. But the wet weather also is creating some  potential headaches.

Storms have swelled some major inland rivers to near flood stage, while  soaking some farmland so much that fast-approaching spring planting could be  slowed.

But scientists caution the abundance of moisture doesn’t signal the end of  the drought still gripping more than half the continental U.S. after a bone-dry  2012 across the Corn Belt.

The National Climatic Data Center’s Mike Brewer says what happens in coming  weeks could be more telling. That’ll be the time when the ground thaws and takes  in whatever moisture hasn’t already run off into the Mississippi or Missouri  rivers and their tributaries.

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