We talk about how wacky weather (Alan’s term, Bruce calls them “low probability weather events”) is impacting an important part of out local economy – farming.
Here are some of the graphs we were looking at as we put together this show. Note the absence of alarmist sites – just the facts, that’s all we wanted, just the facts.
1000-year events ought to be about 1,000 years apart – unless something has changed (hint: something HAS changed).
Land use will be changing as the climate changes.
Here are the weather targets … as if we can order up weather to suit the crops.
Here are the numbers of growing degree days you get, this is shifting too.
And here are growing degree days that corn experiences over a season. Note (from the Survival!! chart) that a day that is too hot does not contribute well to the needs of the crops.
- 1st story – “wacky weather” and intro to Ag (NPR)
- depends on a reliable water cycle – we farm MN because it has