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Submitted by George Elliott on Mon, 07/30/2012 - 6:35am.
Much of the U.S. continues to suffer significant drought conditions. In fact, areas of the Plains and Midwest haven’t seen drought conditions this severe since the 1950’s. Corn crops in some areas are running only 20-30% of normal, and nearly one third of all corn crops across the U.S. are now deficient.
The most severe drought conditions extend over the Central Rockies, the Southwest into the high plains of Texas, as well as an area from northeastern Texas across much of the Mississippi River Basin.
Eastern Alabama into Georgia and western South Carolina are also exceptionally dry compared to long-term averages.
Outside of the far northern tier of the U.S., the northeast portion of the country, as well as the Pacific Northwest regions, it’s either a little too dry or up to what is considered light to moderate drought.
Locally, we are dry, but not severely so, and we do not fall into the category of being officially in a drought.
Now, how about a trip around the world?
EUROPE – Highlight: Additional Rain Boosts Crop Prospects
MIDDLE EAST – Highlight: Showers Return, But Wheat Harvesting Proceeds
FSU – Highlight: Hot In The South, Showers Fall Elsewhere
SOUTH ASIA – Highlight: Monsoon Rains In Central And Eastern India
EAST ASIA – Highlight: Too Hot And Dry On The North China Plain
SOUTHEAST ASIA – Highlight: Tropical Cyclone Talim
AUSTRALIA – Highlight: Rain Benefits Crops In The West And Southeast
SOUTH AMERICA – Highlight: Dry In Argentina; Wet In Southern Brazil
MEXICO – Highlight: Rain Overspreads The Southern Plateau Corn Belt
CANADA – Highlight: Cool, Showery Weather Continues Across The Prairies
By: George Elliott