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Pendulum continuing to swing toward more extreme weather

It’s easy to think of weather forecasting as reliable as throwing darts at a board, but that doesn’t mean that weather trends aren’t predictable and that may force some major changes in Western Kansas agriculture.

Extreme weather events are likely to be more common, resulting in extended periods of abundant rainfall and longer periods of drought, according to Kansas State University meteorologist Chip Redmond.

“It’s been either really wet or really dry and we expect that pendulum effect to continue,” Redmond said during an informational meeting on Monday sponsored by the Scott County Farm Bureau. “We’re seeing this pattern get more and more prominent each year.”

That played itself out in Scott County when six months of drought were quickly erased by a 7-1/2 inch rain on June 19 that has been followed by enough rainfall to put Scott County slightly ahead of its annual average rainfall.

Redmond didn’t offer a cause behind this weather pendulum.


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