To counter charges that the Russians infiltrated the NRA to win Putin more cred in the U.S., expect Donald Trump to launch a Twitter-tirade against the Aberdeen American News for falling for that Chinese hoax about human-induced climate change:
It might be surprising that one of the leading crops in the region is another reason it can get more humid than some would expect in northeastern South Dakota.
“Long term, we have seen an increase in humidity because there’s more corn in the region,” said Laura Edwards, state climatologist.
Historically, she said, South Dakota farmers more often grew wheat, which has different water patterns than corn. With the change in crops, there’s simultaneously been an increase of moisture in the air because corn releases water into the atmosphere through the process of evapotranspiration, Edwards said.
This happens across the region into Nebraska, Edwards said. So the crop theory does hold some water [Emma Gallagher, “Corn Is Among Culprits When Humidity Sets In,” Aberdeen American News, 2018.07.22].
Maybe that’s why the Trump Administration hates ethanol: growing more corn makes it feel more humid, which makes it feel warmer, which makes it easier for people to believe global warming is happening, which makes it harder for Trump to keep denying and erasing science.
Faintly Related: Don’t forget: human-induced climate change could make Siberia a comfier place for agriculture and industry and help Russia regain superpower status.