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« on: July 16, 2012, 10:39:24 pm »
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Worst drought since 1950s in continental U.S.

By Jason Samenow
Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 07/16/2012




Its been more than 50 years since a drought this extensive has afflicted the Lower 48 states. Thats the conclusion of NOAAs latest report on drought, released today.

Through the end of June, some 56 percent of the continental U.S. was designated in some form of drought, the largest percentage since December, 1956.

... indicators suggest that the 2012 drought is similar to the 1950s drought in extent, pattern, and intensity, although not in duration, the report said.



The current drought also does not yet compare with the Dust Bowl droughts of the 1930s in terms of duration, or intensity.

Still, severe-to-extreme drought grew 10 percent from late May to late June, reaching 33 percent of the Lower 48, thanks to the third driest June on record.

In historical context, the Weather Channel writes this is the 10th-largest severe drought since 1895, but the more severe drought categories dont cover quite as much land now as did the droughts of 1988 and the early 2000s, it said.

Exceptionally dry conditions in the cornbelt and soybean belts over the last three months have taken their toll.
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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2012, 10:41:17 pm »
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That's why I'm never leaving the Northwest. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2012, 11:19:23 pm »
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That's why I'm never leaving the Northwest. Smiley

We had a pretty big wildfire start in SE Oregon last week: http://www.ktvz.com/news/SE-Oregon-wildfire-Oregon-s-largest-in-century/-/413192/15509842/-/aahw6o/-/index.html

It looks like it's contained now though.
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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2012, 11:38:35 pm »
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Sure Obama is to blame for it, right ?
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2012, 12:29:53 am »
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I left Indiana May 30th. Since then, it hasn't even rained a quarter of an inch...total.
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2012, 01:39:34 am »
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I see the elephant in the room has not been mentioned yet.
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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2012, 07:34:06 am »
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Sure Obama is to blame for it, right ?

No, Bush was in office from 2001-2009.
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« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2012, 10:30:24 am »
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Sure Obama is to blame for it, right ?

No, it's Bush's. He got so mad that the black guy won that he made Jeebus turn off the wet.
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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2012, 10:42:34 am »
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I see that some areas are extremely moist. Mmmmm yeah.
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« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2012, 11:00:51 am »
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I live in Cleveland, I'm not used to this s**t. I want snow, but if I can't have snow in July, then at least some rain.

I see the elephant in the room has not been mentioned yet.

This is Forum Community Off-Topic, not General Discussion.

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« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2012, 11:23:27 am »
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I see that some areas are extremely moist. Mmmmm yeah.

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« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2012, 12:04:15 pm »
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It sucks here right now, I'm glad we aren't at Dust Bowl levels.
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« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2012, 02:23:09 pm »
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I live in Cleveland, I'm not used to this s**t. I want snow, but if I can't have snow in July, then at least some rain.

Why would you have rain in July? That would be awful!
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« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2012, 03:53:13 pm »
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I live in Cleveland, I'm not used to this s**t. I want snow, but if I can't have snow in July, then at least some rain.

Why would you have rain in July? That would be awful!

Dafuq?
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« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2012, 05:28:32 pm »
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Seems I am in a area of the state which isn't in drought, which is made pretty evident by the ten foot tall corn. However its starting to dry out : as its been hot and not rained much in the last couple weeks.
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« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2012, 09:53:43 pm »
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If this goes on, this is going to be a major drag on the economy, tho its effects won't be largely felt outside the cornbelt until after the election.  It could well be we're looking at another dip in 2013 no matter who wins.
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« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2012, 10:04:36 pm »
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I see that some areas are extremely moist. Mmmmm yeah.

Like the phallic Florida.
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« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2012, 10:19:26 pm »
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I see that some areas are extremely moist. Mmmmm yeah.

Like the phallic Florida.

Ignoring the moist joke, we're only out of it because we took on Beryl/Debbie.
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« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2012, 11:13:56 pm »
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Seems I am in a area of the state which isn't in drought, which is made pretty evident by the ten foot tall corn. However its starting to dry out : as its been hot and not rained much in the last couple weeks.
Same here, really tall corn for this time of year in eastern Nebraska and southern Iowa....but starting to dry out a bit.
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« Reply #19 on: July 18, 2012, 12:52:09 am »
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I live in Cleveland, I'm not used to this s**t. I want snow, but if I can't have snow in July, then at least some rain.

I see the elephant in the room has not been mentioned yet.

This is Forum Community Off-Topic, not General Discussion.

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It's why I didn't mention it by name.
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« Reply #20 on: July 18, 2012, 10:35:11 am »
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It doesn't rain in July in California at all? Seriously?

We don't have a drought problem now with the thunderstorm we just got, with more rain on the way, but I like the rain in the summer, it cools things down and is much better when it's done, I'd rather have 75F with puddles than well into the 90s without them. The freak storms we get often get pretty severe (even hail), but I only hate the rain in the winter or early spring when it's really cold and the rain just makes it worse (especially when it drops below freezing later and all the rain puddles turn to ice.) Of course it can result in some bad flooding too, like North Dakota often gets, but we're more prepared for that.
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« Reply #21 on: July 18, 2012, 12:33:08 pm »
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It doesn't rain in July in California at all? Seriously?

The precipitation chart is in the middle. It doesn't rain when it's warm.

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« Reply #22 on: July 19, 2012, 10:43:52 am »
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We could use that rain from the pacific northwest at the moment.
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« Reply #23 on: July 19, 2012, 09:18:57 pm »
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« Reply #24 on: July 19, 2012, 09:28:26 pm »
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My county is one of the couple that is in a "drought disaster". I think that's what it is called anyways. Sad

It's terrible - our yard is completely destroyed, our "pond" is down 2 feet. The crops are completely ruined.
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