Friday, August 17, 2012

Why We Didn't Warn of the Drought

In May, the U.S. Agriculture Department predicted a record corn yield after farmers planted the largest area of corn and soybeans since 1937. Three months later, after a searing drought engulfed a wide swath of the continental U.S., those crops lie in ruin.
Despite all of the resources at forecasters’ disposal, the worst drought to strike the U.S. in nearly 50 years came on largely without warning across the fields of the Midwest and High Plains during late spring and early summer.

A thought-provoking essay from Andrew Freedman. He is right: Our ability to provide this type of warning is quite limited.

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