Throughout 2019, we’ve seen record-breaking weather trends, in terms of both heat and rain. It’s left many wondering if this is the new normal or if this year has simply been an anomaly. Let’s take a closer look.
Feeling the heat
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that “June through August 2019 was the Northern Hemisphere’s hottest meteorological summer on record, tied with 2016. The period of June through August, which also marks the Southern Hemisphere’s winter, was the planet’s second hottest in the 140-year record at 1.67 degrees F above the 20th-century average, behind June – August of 2016.”
According to the United States Drought Monitor, this intense late-summer heat has led to an increase in drought intensity in the Southeast, particularly in the early part of September.
Showers and more showers
While some areas are suffering from periods of drought, other areas are experiencing excess rainfall, leading to dangerous flooding. According to Growing Produce, “Farmers in the Midwest and Midsouth were affected by the [flooding] conditions, forcing many to forego planting and others to take extra precautions to protect their crops during what some are calling ‘a crazy growing season.'”
As of the writing of this article, areas of southeast Texas are experiencing catastrophic flooding from Tropical Depression Imelda, with NPR reporting that “some areas could see rain totals of 30 to 40 inches” while the storm passes through the area.
Facing the new normal
The reality is that we’re experiencing more weather extremes than ever before. Hot summers are becoming hotter and rainy periods are becoming wetter. Industries will need to adapt to these extremes in order to maintain profitability. We’ll continue to keep you updated on weather trends so you’re ready to help your customers as needed.