Ag Expo: Forecast calls for drought, summer fire conditions

The Weatherman, who has been predicting weather for area farmers for three decades, dropped some bad news Tuesday from his virtual forecast: It’s gonna be a tough year to grow grain and dry conditions could lead to another summer of fires.

Art Douglas, a professor emeritus from Creighton University, has been a regular fixture at the Spokane Ag Expo and Farm Forum, which is being held online for the first time because of the coronavirus pandemic. The event started in 1978.

Douglas said the world is caught in La Niña-type conditions marked by cold water along the equator and warm water off the coast of Alaska. The corresponding weather

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