Net benefits to US soy and maize yields from intensifying hourly rainfall


Nature Climate Change, Published online: 10 August 2020; doi:10.1038/s41558-020-0830-0

Short-term extreme weather events such as hourly heat can negatively impact crop yields. US maize and soy yields are damaged by rare extreme hourly downpours, but benefit from more common heavy rainfall, indicating yields may benefit from increasing precipitation intensity under climate change.