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  •  The current US drought is the worst since 1988. (3+ / 0-)

    Hopefully it will not reach the extent of the very severe droughts in the 1930s and 1950s.

    Some of the news stories referred to a drought monitor mechanism that only covers the past 12 years.

    Where are we, now that we need us most?

    by Frank Knarf on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 05:11:17 PM PDT

    •  In Indiana, it has. (6+ / 0-)

      From NWS Indianapolis

      Severe to exceptional drought conditions existed in 80% of the state according to this week's U.S. Drought Monitor while moderate drought conditions continued across the remainder of the state. The dry conditions have caused nearly all counties in Indiana to issue burn bans.

      Drought conditions in portions of central and southern Indiana were worse than the Dust Bowl Days of the 1930s. From June 1-July 12 much of central Indiana had received less rainfall and been nearly as hot as the summer of 1936.

      Central and southern Indiana will see a small break in the hot and dry weather through Sunday. Clouds will keep the 90 degree weather away for a few days and some areas may receive one-half to possibly an inch of rain. The largest rainfall totals are expected in southern Indiana. This will NOT break the drought. Hot and dry conditions will return the week of July 15.

      The above was written on July 12.  Today Lafayette hit 93 F (at least) and Indianapolis hit 91 F.  Tomorrow looks like 89 F in Lafayette and 90 F in Indianapolis.  This is the cool streak we were waiting for.    

      The cornfields near Lafayette Indiana look like agave fields in that the leaves have rolled up so completely that they look like spikes.  The bottoms of the stalks are brown.  

      "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

      by Yamaneko2 on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 07:52:18 PM PDT

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      •  I just looked at GFS (1+ / 0-)
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        It does not look like we will be making a run for the all-time high temperature records this month and the drought will probably moderate about two weeks after rain would have done the corn any good.

        "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

        by Yamaneko2 on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 08:07:59 PM PDT

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    •  Off by a digit (2+ / 0-)
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      Only Needs a Beat, TJ

      In Texas the correct date is since records began, or 1895.  But hey, don't let facts get in your way

      Courtesy Kos. Trying to call on the better angels of our nature.

      by Mindful Nature on Sat Jul 14, 2012 at 08:00:02 AM PDT

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