Scientists study connection between Great Plains precipitation and agricultural irrigation

Truck carrying mobile radar. Can crop irrigation affect the clouds that form high above farm fields? Indeed it can, say atmospheric scientists.
Agricultural irrigation to meet a growing demand for food is adding significant amounts of water to the land surface and altering regional land use and land cover. These changes affect lower atmosphere circulation, potentially influencing cloud development and precipitation.
To further understand how irrigation may be affecting precipitation, scientists from ... More at
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