Weather Facts

Why is it Hotter During a Drought?

Did you know that the dryness actually helps to add to the higher temperatures during a drought? How? In normal conditions, some of the energy from the sun is used up to evaporate moisture in the ground, vegetation and other various surfaces. However, when the ground is extremely dry, the sunís energy that is normally used to evaporate this moisture in the soil, goes towards adding heat to the atmosphere. In other words, during a drought, nearly all of the sunís energy goes to making it warm instead of drying the ground and various surfaces.