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Climatologist sees challenges ahead

By Renae B. Vander Schaaf

Date Modified: 07/15/2013 9:58 AM

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SUTHERLAND. Iowa — Elwynn Taylor wonders what the rest of the growing season's weather will be like.

The Iowa State University Extension climatologist gazed into his crystal ball during the Northwest Iowa Research Farm Field Day near Sutherland.

"I don't know if it makes any sense to compare the weather of one year to a similar year," he said. "So far, the weather this year is quite similar to 1947."

The Little Sioux River flooded this spring, which broke a high-water record set in 1947. The record early May snow broke a record set in 1947.

In 1947, rain stopped falling the last week of June, and the weather got hot.

"That year the temperatures came close to taking out the record heat of 1936," said Taylor. "We'll see what the next two weeks bring. If the forecast for drier weather holds true, then drought has us in its sights."

Taylor sees challenges ahead.