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December 4, 2012
Courtesy of AccuWeather.com

Courtesy of AccuWeather.com

No one is paying much attention right now to the on-going drought in Arkansas and the rest of the country.  Although the drought has retreated somewhat, about 60 percent of Arkansas is still experiencing drought conditions.  However, the effects are less noticeable in late fall and winter.  The weather is cooler, evaporation rates are lower and agricultural and home consumers are using less water.  We’ve had some rain so pastures have greened.  Trees are normally brown and leafless this time of year anyway.  Besides, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is now saying that Arkansas can expect an increased chance of above normal precipitation for the next three months.

So, why should we be concerned this winter?  Because we are once again seeing low water levels in the Mississippi River.  The Plains and Upper Midwest, still in the clutches of severe to exceptional drought, are expected to receive less than normal rainfall in the upcoming months.  According to Alex Sosnowski, at AccuWeather.com, “the ongoing lack of heavy precipitation and the formation of ice in the topsoil and tributaries would translate to even lower levels on the Mississippi.”  READ MORE …

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