An end to the nation’s drought could be on the way later this year, according to a University of Missouri weather expert. Tony Lupo, chairman of atmospheric sciences at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture (CAFNR), says hot, dry months are ahead, but changes could finally bring relief this fall and could help some but not all crops. Lupo says, “It may be a little too late for some of your earlier crops but later crops may be able to be saved. And, of course, it’ll be a benefit into the future.”
Lupo says a change from the current La Nina weather pattern to an El Nino pattern should normalize the jet stream across the country and bring more rain around September, “It may stay dry in the furthest south and west until that time but we are seeing some relief in the Upper Midwest, in Colorado and places like that.”
Lupo includes drought-stricken California in that list as well. Lupo says this part of the country, including Missouri, should be completely OUT of the drought by this fall.
~Missourinet contributed to this report~