Episode 47 - Winter Outlook [ 5 min 57 s ] Download
MU’s Randy Miles shows the absence of moisture in the deep-soil profile. (Photo by Kent Faddis)
Temperatures in the 70s make for lovely fall weather in the Midwest this year. Fall colors are a bit subdued, because there were so many trees damaged during the drought. Scorched trees and lawns aren’t the only remnants of weeks of triple-digit heat and no rain. Below the surface, in the soil’s root zone, there is no moisture.
The Midwest needs snowfall and slow, soaking rains this winter to recharge the bone-dry soil profile. On today’s show, University of Missouri meteorologist Anthony Lupo and Randy Miles, an MU soil, environment and atmospheric scientist will talk about weather, El Nino, drought damage and what we need to keep 2013 from becoming a repeat of 2012.