Summer is here, and that means drought in the Mid-Atlantic. At least that's the way that the last 5 years have been with the season. At least this year, we're getting thunderstorms once every 1 or 2 weeks, and they dump about 1/2" to 1" when they pass through. BUT, not everyone sees them. - The drought has become very serious in the southern U.S., and the New York Times just published a story and clear graphic about the situation.Both follow. Rob
Drought Spreads Its Pain Across 14 States
COLQUITT, Ga. — The heat and the drought are so bad in this southwest corner of Georgia that hogs can barely eat. Corn, a lucrative crop with a notorious thirst, is burning up in fields. Cotton plants are too weak to punch through soil so dry it might as well be pavement.
The pain has spread across 14 states, from Florida, where severe water restrictions are in place, to Arizona, where ranchers could be forced to sell off entire herds of cattle because they simply cannot feed them.
In Texas, where the drought is the worst, virtually no part of the state has been untouched. City dwellers and ranchers have been tormented by excessive heat and high winds. In the Southwest, wildfires are chewing through millions of acres.