More moisture in 2013 would indeed be welcomed across much of the Great Plains! Thanks for your thoughts Chris.
Originally posted on The Prairie Ecologist:
Happy New Year! It sure is nice to start 2013 with some moisture on the ground. Let’s hope we get some more…
Ecologically speaking, the biggest local story in 2012 was the dry weather. In fact, our nearest “large” city, Grand Island, Nebraska had its driest year on record. The precipitation total came in just under 12 inches for 2012, breaking the previous record of 12.01 inches from 1940. The average annual rainfall for Grand Island is about 26 inches, so 2012 precipitation was less than half of normal. That’s pretty dry.