The good hurricane?

From the Department of Silver Linings, it’s pretty standard hurricane-coverage template material to assume that hurricanes are a bad thing. And, of course, they can be very bad things.

But not entirely, perhaps.

Here’s the current drought situation in the United States. The deep red is the worst of it.

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Here’s the expected track of Hurricane Isaac.

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Someone who could really use it, is about to get a lot of rain.

  • Robert Moffitt

    More proof that Obama is manipulating the weather to both delay the Republican National Convention and bring relief to drought-stricken farmers.

    Is their NOTHING this man will stoop to to win releection?

  • Mark Gisleson

    Unless the farmers down there are using minimum tillage strategies, very heavy rain usually just means very heavy erosion and crop damage galore.

    Getting all your rain at once is never a good thing.

  • Chris N.

    >Getting all your rain at once is never a good thing.

    So would this one-shot soaking at least restore soil moisture to more acceptable levels, or would the dry soil be unable to absorb all the water and lose most of it to runoff?

  • CHS

    One thing for certain, the Army Corps of Engineers can stop worrying about the closed shipping lanes on the lower Miss in about 5 days or so.

  • Mark Gisleson

    >So would this one-shot soaking at least restore soil moisture to more acceptable levels, or would the dry soil be unable to absorb all the water and lose most of it to runoff?

    To a degree some would soak in, but very hard rain on very hard soil tends to bounce and then become runoff. If the field was heavily cultivated and the soil is loose, you lose a lot of soil to the water runoff.