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Drought conditions can be followed by flooding conditions

With as dry as its been, with rain coming we could see the potential for flooding.

Posted: May. 29, 2018 6:34 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Droughts can be devastating.

Although we aren't officially in a drought here, conditions have been very dry, getting much less rain than we normally do for the month of may.

Droughts affect all aspects of our lives.

It impacts the crops that are grown in agricultural towns, and it affects how much rain we need to revive those plants.

When conditions get dry, it gets harder for the rain to fall.

Although we still get rain in the atmosphere, the dry air near the ground evaporates that rain as it falls.

This is why when we get into a drought, it's so hard to get out.

Another reason is the ground. Think of it this way.

Dry ground gets packed together, which makes it hard, like cardboard. It can still absorb some water, but when you get a lot of water on it at once, most of it runs off.

This is how flash floods happen.

Ground that has had plenty of water over time is like a soft cloth.

Even when you get a lot of water at once, it soaks it all up pretty effectively.

Alberto is making its way up through the states. With our dry conditions, we could see the potential for flooding.

So over these next few days, pay close attention to the weather, and be prepared for anything.

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