This is low flow in a stream. Non-extreme rainfall is essential for maintaining ecosystem functions. Credit: Praveen Kumar
This is low flow in a stream. Non-extreme rainfall is essential for maintaining ecosystem functions.

Changes in non-extreme precipitation may have not-so-subtle consequences

Observations have important implications for ecosystem resilience, agriculture and water resource planning.

Extreme floods and droughts receive a lot of attention, but what happens when precipitation — or lack thereof — occurs in a more measured way?

Researchers have analyzed more than five decades of data from across North America to find that changes in non-extreme precipitation are more significant than previously realized and are greater than changes that have occurred with extreme precipitation.

Non-extreme precipitation can have a strong effect on ecosystems, agric

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