Drought Hits 56% of Continental U.S.; ‘Significant Toll’ on Crops

Drought Hits 56% of Continental U.S.; ‘Significant Toll’ on Crops

from cryptogon.com: The prolonged heat across the Midwest has not only set temperature records, it is also expanding and intensifying drought conditions — and relief isn’t on the horizon for most areas, the National Weather Service reported Thursday. Drought conditions are present in 56% of the continental U.S., according to the weekly Drought Monitor. That’s the most in the 12 years that the data have been compiled, topping the previous record of 55% set on Aug. 26, 2003. It’s also up five percentage points from the previous week. The drought hasn’t been long enough to rank up there with the 1930s Dust Bowl or a bad stretch in the 1950s, David Miskus, a meteorologist at the weather service’s Climate Prediction Center said.

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