How thirsty is the atmosphere? Using PET to quantify atmospheric demand and monitor crop health.

Rainfall is clearly the key variable when monitoring crop production, but what are the ramifications of the warming atmosphere?  Even a slight increase in temperatures during the growing season is cause for careful monitoring.  More and more I am seeing reports when ‘near normal’ rainfall is equated to ‘all is well,’ yet there is a fundamental flaw in this thinking.

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