Iowa EnviroLinks – December 31, 2010

Here’s a look at some more environmental headlines from around Iowa and the United States: Continue reading

Changing Iowa Weather – the new normal?

Listen to this week’s radio segment on Iowa’s changing weather.

After a summer of record breaking weather, some Iowans are wondering: is this the new normal?

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Over the past 20 years, our weather has changed. We’ve seen more precipitation and intense rain events, which have led to heavy flooding throughout the state. Research at Iowa State by Professor Gene Takle, suggests that these trends will likely continue.

Consider these startling statistics:

  • 57 of Iowa’s 99 counties have been declared presidential disaster zones, and 20 counties are eligible for federal agricultural disaster assistance.
  • June was the second wettest month in state history, and by mid-August, this was already the second wettest summer in 127 years of record keeping.
  • Flooding in Ames was worse this year than even 1993.

But this year isn’t unique: the past 36 months have been the wettest in state history.

For more information, visit Iowa I’m Jerry Schnoor, from the University of Iowa’s Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank you, and enjoy Iowa’s environment.