Nebraska’s had a lot of rain lately and it’s been a struggle for some farmers to get into their fields to plant. One expert says the rainy weather could become more common.
Meteorologist Dennis Todey, director of the USDA’s Midwest Climate Hub, says the long-range forecasts are pointing to wetter conditions for the entire region in the months ahead.
“If you look at the trends in precipitation, most everywhere throughout the Midwest and Plains, you’re seeing increases in spring precipitation,” he says.
While April showers might bring May flowers, Todey warns that a boost in spring rainfall can more easily lead to faster flooding.
“You usually have background higher flows to begin with because of spring runoff from snowmelt and whatever and you also have wetter soil,” Todey says. “So, even small increases in precipitation during the springtime can add to bigger flood events because your soils are close to saturated anyway and you can produce runoff more quickly.”
The forecast through the end of May calls for rains to gradually decrease across the region, while the wet weather may return in June.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton