‘Flash Droughts’ Are the Midwest’s Next Big Climate Threat

Flash droughts are also a global problem, with Brazil, India, and multiple countries in Africa facing the worst impacts. In 2010, a flash drought followed by a heat wave in Russia temporarily halted wheat exports, a major disruption for communities across the Middle East that depend on the country’s grain. 

The damage flash droughts can cause depends on the crop and the time of year, said Dennis Todey, director of the Midwest Climate Hub for the US Department of Agriculture. Corn is the most vulnerable during its pollination season in mid-summer, while soybeans are affected in August and wheat during planting season

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