Local

Flash Drought This July

Photo: clipart.com

Flash Drought This July

Many are calling this dry spell in July that followed the wettest spring on record a “flash drought.” Iowa State University extension climatologist, Elwyn Taylor, is not one of them.

Taylor says drought is defined by law as dryness in any county that cuts crop yields by 10-percent. So unless that happens for Iowa’s corn, Taylor isn’t using the word drought.

As for the flash drought, Taylor says he understands why the term is being used.

Taylor says slow moving polar weather patterns are lengthening the dry period just like they caused persistent spring rains.

Recent Headlines

Friday in National

Making headlines this week

AP52048984409_2

A look at the week's top newsmakers and the stories you may have missed.

Friday in Local

SD Cold Case Closed With Public Help

Marty Jackley 41814

SD Attorney General Marty Jackley said they could not have solved the cold case of the missing Vermillion girls without help from the public.

Friday in Local

Green Island Added to Missouri River National Recreational River

Rick Clark 41714

The National Park Service officially accepted Green Island from the State of Nebraska as part of the Missouri River National Recreational River

Friday in National

Michael’s craft stores confirm data breach

michaels

The biggest U.S. arts and crafts retailer confirmed a security breach at certain systems that process payment cards.

Friday in National

10 for today: Friday, April 18

boston

A look at the news making headlines today, Friday, April 18.