One aspect of climate change not often discussed is its effect on precipitation. The higher sustained temperatures caused by climate change lead to a warmer atmosphere and more water evaporation. All the excess water in the atmosphere leads to higher levels of precipitation. Visit ClimateCentral.org to see which regions in the U.S. have been most impacted by these changing precipitation rates.
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Analysis has suggested that climate change caused the rainfall during 2017’s Hurricane Harvey to be about 15% more intense and caused the rainfall during 2016’s Louisiana Deluge to be about 10% heavier.
So what can those in the horticulture and agricultural industries do to protect their farming investments in the face of major weather changes like this?
Now is the time to make changes to your natural vegetation and improve your drainage systems. The pattern of heavy rains will likely continue, so to avoid soil erosion and nutrient loss, start looking into new and improved solutions to help your field withstand the downpour.
This is also a good time to start thinking about infrastructure additions—such as greenhouses and shade structures—that can protect your crops during periods of heavy precipitation.
And don’t forget to take advantage of the excess rain by investing in rainwater harvesting tools, such as tanks or manmade ponds and reservoirs.