The recent ice storm may have helped replenish some of Kentucky’s low water supply after two years of drought. Soils have received a much needed dose of moisture, reservoir and river levels are up, and ground water is more plentiful. But state climatologist Stuart Foster says droughts are not going to be an anomaly.
“There is some research in the area of climatology that would suggest we have, in the last few years, entered a phase where we may be more prone to frequent periods of drought,” says Foster.
Foster says global warming is part of the reason behind that frequency. Foster also says it’s too soon to tell whether the precipitation will help farmers entering the growing season. If spring is dry, summer could bring more dry spells.