Warm weather: Good for summer vacation, bad for crops

The area is currently under a moderate drought, which could affect crops and streams

Current Drought Conditions

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – People tend to have a love/hate relationship with meteorologists, depending on what type of weather is coming.

When we call for sunny skies, people tend to like us a bit more than when we say it’s going to rain on their parade, literally.

However, what could be a beautiful week ahead for most people, is not always welcomed by everyone.

This is because we are currently under a moderate drought. This drought is considered a short-term drought, which is expected to last no more than six months. If this continues for the next few months, however, it could spell disaster for some farmers.

A moderate drought is classified as a drought that could damage crops and pastures and cause streams, reservoirs or wells to become low, developing water shortages. Under these conditions, it is recommended by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that local officials should request voluntary water-use restrictions.

Before people start to panic about running out of water, it is important to note that it is not currently a dire situation, when it comes to water restrictions. On the other hand, for farmers this is a critical time when crops are growing and irrigation is key to having a successful harvest in the fall. If this drought continues, it could create greater problems for growers and farmers and may have a direct impact on others’ day-to-day activities.

So even though our lawns are starting to turn brown, we can bounce back from this drought, but only if we get a lot of rain — and soon.

Enjoy the sunny skies and warmer weather, but be careful what you wish for because the grass might not be greener on the other side.

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