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Is Derecho Linked To Climate Change? It's Difficult To Know.

Karsten Wurth

The storm we’re calling Derecho 2020 was enormous and powerful. It traveled 770 miles from Nebraska to Indiana and left a path of destruction 50 miles wide. Wind gusts over 100 MPH were registered in several locations. Even though Iowa is no stranger to severe weather with tornadoes, flooding and drought, most of us have never experienced a storm of this magnitude. On this edition of Talk of Iowa we asked two of Iowa’s leading experts on climate change to help us put this storm in perspective, find out what we can learn from it.


  • Gene Takle, distinguished professor emeritus in the department of agronomy at Iowa State University
  • Connie Mutel, retired science writer IIHR hydro science and engineering at University of Iowa, author of "A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland"
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Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River