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Half Of The US Is In A Drought
BI ^ | mike Carlowicz

Posted on 05/14/2014 3:01:40 PM PDT by blam

Half Of The US Is In A Drought

Mike Carlowicz, NASA Earth Observatory
May 14, 2014

Drought - NASA Earth Observatory

U.S. Drought Monitor.

As of May 6, 2014, half of the United States was experiencing some level of drought. Nearly 15 percent of the nation was gripped by extreme to exceptional drought. For the Plains and the Southwest, it's a pattern that has been persistent for much of the past several years.

The map above was developed by the U.S. National Drought Monitor, a partnership of U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It depicts areas of drought in progressive shades of orange to red. It is based on measurements of climate, soil, and water conditions from more than 350 federal, state, and local observers around the country. (NASA also provides experimental measurements and models to the drought monitoring effort.)

In a May 6 summary, Mark Svoboda of the National Drought Mitigation Center wrote of the Plains States:

Kansas continues to set the edge of the intense drought that seems to be waking up and pushing rapidly north along with warmer temperatures...Soil moisture and groundwater levels are hurting well in front of the peak demand season, as the cumulative impacts of such an intense multi-year drought are already glaringly evident...The story is even bleaker in the southern Plains, where the heat and drought are even more pronounced and entrenched across western Oklahoma and much of Texas as well...Streamflow and groundwater levels are hurting, given the long duration and sustained intensity of this drought, which is now going on close to four years.

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(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: climate; drought; elnino; weather

1 posted on 05/14/2014 3:01:40 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
Related:

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2 posted on 05/14/2014 3:04:21 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Judgement.


3 posted on 05/14/2014 3:07:56 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: blam

Obama should have enough money stashed away to rent Cheney’s weather machine.


4 posted on 05/14/2014 3:09:32 PM PDT by o-n-money (ned)
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To: blam

B O H I C A


5 posted on 05/14/2014 3:10:13 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: blam

This is of concern to me. It’s one of the reasons that we are growing more of our own vegetables this year.


6 posted on 05/14/2014 3:12:00 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: blam
2 years ago was the worst drought I've ever seen in my neck of the woods. Last summer it did nothing but rain and appears rainy but cold this year so far. The great lakes levels are rising as well.

Speaking of the great lakes. There is still ice on some bays and floe ice on Superior. The all time records were shattered this year.

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7 posted on 05/14/2014 3:14:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: blam
Kansas continues to set the edge of the intense drought that seems to be waking up and pushing rapidly north along with warmer temperatures...

In other news, Kansas crops are not being destroyed by hail storms out of the rockies and pheasant and quail populations are expected to flourish........

8 posted on 05/14/2014 3:16:01 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: blam

We had quite a bit of rain in eastern Kansas the last couple of days. You may want to take us off the drought watch.


9 posted on 05/14/2014 3:22:03 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: blam

And the other half isn’t.


10 posted on 05/14/2014 3:23:04 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: blam

And yet here in California we are still building a high-speed rail system to provide “transportation” for our illegal alien farm worker population instead of building more water storage capacity. California does a big portion of feeding the nation, but it can’t do it without water. Still, we have Jerry the Fairy forging ahead on his toonerville trolley “legacy.”


11 posted on 05/14/2014 3:23:16 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: blam

Planting more than EVER in the veggie garden this season. Enjoying fresh asparagus these days. :)


12 posted on 05/14/2014 3:30:36 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: blam

It's been worse.

13 posted on 05/14/2014 3:31:46 PM PDT by Excellence (Marine mom since April 11, 2014)
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To: Starstruck

Parts of the area north of Houston had several inches of rain this week and we had 3 inches south of Houston. I would think that would change the drought ratings a bit for us, too.


14 posted on 05/14/2014 3:33:35 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: All

see that darkest red part in TX, that me... we haven’t had any real rain in close to 4 years.....it’s almost beyond comprehension, we don’t even see clouds that look like they will rain anymore

my dad has farmed the same land for 70 years here and he has nothing to compare it to ...not even the drought in the 50s was close to this

the local paper said the driest 4 year period on record was 1908-1911 and we’re currently 8 inches less rain than that ....and much drier than the dustbowl 30s.....

people are at a breaking point and we just all shake our heads and pray ...we know one day it’s going to rain again ...and it may not stop for a long time ...but, man it’s tough right now ....it’s unbelievable


15 posted on 05/14/2014 3:34:42 PM PDT by thestob (Paul Ryan is determined to destroy this country)
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Texas has always been a very dry place, before we started building lakes and inventing AC, who’d want to live here besides us crazies?


16 posted on 05/14/2014 3:35:45 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: blam

How much of that drought is government created?


17 posted on 05/14/2014 3:38:15 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Starstruck

I don’t know how bad your drought was but in most places it will take more than a few inches to come out of the drought. Lakes, rivers and underwater aquifers have been depleted and need to be refilled.


18 posted on 05/14/2014 3:39:58 PM PDT by tiki
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To: GeronL

The dry was what I disliked most about Texas. I love the rain and would be OK with rain pretty much every day.


19 posted on 05/14/2014 3:42:24 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: thestob

Where I am from in western Kansas, the drought has been ongoing for 10 or 11 years. Just keeps getting worse. PFR!!!


20 posted on 05/14/2014 3:52:48 PM PDT by Dust in the Wind (U S Troops Rock)
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To: tiki
I don’t know how bad your drought was but in most places it will take more than a few inches to come out of the drought.

Our drought was quite a bit less than the 30's. Droughts come and go. I don't know what to do about them. Wailing and gnashing of teeth doesn't do anything except increase the income of psychiatrists and dentists. I don't want to diminish your situation but it rains on the just and unjust.

21 posted on 05/14/2014 3:55:31 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: who knows what evil?

You wish.

The murder of 70 million unborn babies, same-sex marriage and promotion of homosexuality cry out for justice.

We ain’t getting off that easy.


22 posted on 05/14/2014 4:02:44 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: 353FMG

Judgement can take a loooooong time...and will certainly get worse for the reasons you cite.


23 posted on 05/14/2014 4:03:58 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: blam

Floods then droughts. Droughts then floods.

Our environmentalists will fight any attempt at controlling this.


24 posted on 05/14/2014 4:07:52 PM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: blam

Extended drought in deserts and what used to be called “The Great American Desert”, what we call The Great Plains today..

Who coulda seen it coming?

When the great Nebraska sand dunes reach the Missouri River, THEN it’s time to worry.


25 posted on 05/14/2014 4:26:19 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: trisham

‘This is of concern to me. It’s one of the reasons we are growing more of our own vegetables this year.’
Me too, course I do every year. My question is how much of this is man caused? Think of the Central Valley of Loonacali and the Feds cutting off the water.


26 posted on 05/14/2014 5:07:31 PM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: Foundahardheadedwoman

Yes, and that concerns me more.


27 posted on 05/14/2014 5:15:39 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: blam

Obama’s Fault !


28 posted on 05/14/2014 5:22:21 PM PDT by Newbomb Turk (Hey Newbomb, where's your brothers ElCamino ?)
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To: trisham

Luckily most of Ky is a rainforest. We will be ok most likely. If a drought does come and the Feds try to cut off the water, they will sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.


29 posted on 05/14/2014 5:27:03 PM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: Foundahardheadedwoman

God bless Kentucky.


30 posted on 05/14/2014 5:28:19 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Starstruck

I thought we were going to float away a couple nights ago here, in southeast Wisconsin. It was a gulley washer.


31 posted on 05/14/2014 5:38:00 PM PDT by virgil (The evil that men do lives after them)
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To: VanShuyten

I don’t understand how Arizona can be in a drought. It’s a desert, isn’t it?


32 posted on 05/14/2014 5:41:58 PM PDT by virgil (The evil that men do lives after them)
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To: blam; lonevoice

Isn’t this interesting. According to everything I heard on the news just this week, Washington State has an above average snow pack and more than average rainfall. I can vouch for that here on the east side of the state. We definitely had more rainfall than usual this year. It sure makes me wonder where NASA and other groups get their often erroneous information . . . oh, that’s right, they make it up.


33 posted on 05/14/2014 5:50:47 PM PDT by Pride in the USA
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To: blam; lonevoice

To back up my claim in post #33 that much of Washington State actually had more snowpack and rainfall than usual, I offer the following quote directly from the Office of the Washington State Climatologist:

“Total March precipitation was much above normal for the Cascades, western WA, and north eastern WA, exceeding 150% of normal and higher in these regions. Even central WA had
near-normal to above normal precipitation, with the exception of eastern Yakima and Franklin counties, where precipitation was between 70 and 90% of normal.”

This was true for most of 2013-2014.


34 posted on 05/14/2014 6:02:53 PM PDT by Pride in the USA
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To: vette6387
Still, we have Jerry the Fairy forging ahead on his toonerville trolley “legacy.”

I like the Kashkari campaign commercial where he delightfully chops a model of the "crazy train" in half.

35 posted on 05/14/2014 6:34:59 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: virgil
It was a gulley washer.

We use that expression along with "frog strangler."

36 posted on 05/14/2014 6:40:48 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: blam

All things balance in time. Drought is a terrible thing. Politicians will say it is global warming, or whatever the latest term is. When it is raining non stop, the same politicians will also blame it on global whatever.

I pray for my drought stricken friends. This too will pass.


37 posted on 05/14/2014 8:05:28 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: who knows what evil?

Obama as _resident is also judgement.


38 posted on 05/14/2014 8:11:14 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Why is Jon Corzine a free man?)
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To: Old Yeller

Agreed.


39 posted on 05/15/2014 4:01:23 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Pride in the USA

How very strange. Things that definitely make you go hmmmmm.


40 posted on 05/15/2014 12:06:31 PM PDT by lonevoice (We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality)
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