HEAT WAVE 2012: US drought grows to cover widest area since 1956

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A new report shows the drought gripping the United States is the widest since 1956.

The monthly State of the Climate drought report released Monday by the National Climactic Data Center says 55 percent of the continental U.S. is in a moderate to extreme drought. That's the most since December 1956, when 58 percent of the country was covered by drought.

This year, 80 percent of the U.S. is abnormally dry, and the drought expanded last month with the 14th warmest and 10th driest June on record going back to 1895.

The nation's corn and soybean belt has been especially hard hit. The report says Midwest has experienced its seventh warmest and 10th driest April-to-June period. And it says crops, pastures and rangeland have deteriorated at an alarming rate.

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  • by Peris H Location: Holywood on Jul 17, 2012 at 09:07 PM
    Now thats hot!
  • by Observer Location: Hixton on Jul 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM
    And yet Global Warming is just a made up phenomena by liberal Scientists right? Whether one says Global Warming or Climate Change, our weather is directly re-lated to how we here on earth are affecting the atmospheric conditions. Having enormous amounts of pollution going into the air, sea, cutting down trees,etc. certainly must cause some reaction. Un-fortunately, we humans are spoiled and are not always quick to change our often times detrimental habits. There are consequences and reactions for every action.
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      by I don't think so on Jul 16, 2012 at 01:03 PM in reply to Observer
      Observer, if climate only depends on what people do, why did it change so much thousands of years ago when the few people who were alive were living like brute animals (or at least not burning any fossil fuels)? It's more complicated than you make it out to be.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2012 at 02:36 PM in reply to Observer
      No doubt that's why it happened in 1983, 1976, 1956, 1936, 1930, etc. They used to call this climate cycles, until Al Gore and others figured out how to siphon money off of the taxpayers with the term global warming.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2012 at 02:38 PM in reply to Observer
      More realistically, it shows a pendulum swinging. Do you think that in 1956, they were blaming the drought on global warming? And considering that it took 56 years for it to get that bad again, I'm not sure you can blame this on it either. You HAVE to keep in mind that humans have only been keeping records of temperatures and climates for the last 125 years or so. We REALLY have NO IDEA what sort of fluctuations are "normal" over the course of time. I'm not going to say that you're wrong about global warming - I'm just saying that we can't possibly know . . . and we shouldn't make predictions and assumptions based on a small window of vision.
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      by JR on Jul 16, 2012 at 03:07 PM in reply to Observer
      No, its not a made up phenomena.. it's a weather/atmospheric pattern that the earth has cycling through for millions of years.. and its not unnatural for that cycle to have blips in it..They do know that max temperature it normally takes to melt the icecaps which will in turn stop the main ocean currents will be hit sooner than later, our children's lifetime most likely. At which point the icecaps will then begin reform, plunging us into another ice age.. So why was it warmer in 1956 than now? and the 14th warmest and 10th driest June.. Just look who hard they are fishing for shocking numbers.. have to go back to 1895.. If this was the 5th warmest and driest.. Then we should probably be REALLY worried.. There is so much that scientists do not know, or that they cannot explain, that it's not even funny..
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      by Scientist on Jul 16, 2012 at 03:28 PM in reply to Observer
      If the change in our climate is man-made, perhaps you could explain why the temperature on Mars has been increasing at the same rate as Earth.
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        by mj on Jul 16, 2012 at 04:39 PM in reply to Scientist
        All those little green men obviously
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          by David on Jul 17, 2012 at 11:44 AM in reply to mj
          It is very hot. America needs water. I am thirsty.
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