It’s no secret much of the U.S. will begin the 2021 growing season on the dry side, with about half the country experiencing some level of drought. That’s likely to fuel secondary risks, especially as spring arrives, namely fire risk and drought and cold damage to the winter wheat crop in the Plains. One common risk in other parts of the country — flooding — is not as likely given the chance that a weakening La Niña is expected to “double dip” and gather strength later in the summer. Though these are the general trends that follow a double-dip La Niña, there are still areas that could experience seasonal flooding this spring, namely in the middle Mississippi and Ohio River valleys, especially as snow melts. See more from this ag weather outlook.