After reading about extreme weather events in the news recently, you might have asked yourself “can a region be at high risk of both drought and flooding at the same time?”
Here's the answer. Absolutely, while it might seem a bit odd at first, a region can indeed be at high risk for both drought and flooding simultaneously. A warming atmosphere can cause extended dry periods in a region leading to droughts. But here's the deal, that water didn't just disappear. It evaporated and now exists as water vapor in the atmosphere. Now overloaded with moisture it absorbed from the earth, the atmosphere can release it all in an intense storm leading to flooding.
So, that's how our region can face a double whammy from nature with both prolonged dry spells and flooding.