US Drought Monitor shows record-breaking expanse of drought across US

More of the United States is in moderate drought or worse than at any other time in the 12-year history of the U.S. Drought Monitor, officials from the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln said today.

Analysis of the latest monitor data revealed that 46.84 percent of the nation's land area is in various stages of drought, up from 42.8 percent a week ago. Previous records were 45.87 percent in drought on Aug. 26, 2003, and 45.64 percent on Sept. 10, 2002.

Looking only at the 48 contiguous states, 55.96 percent of the country's land area is in moderate drought or worse – also the highest percentage on record in that regard, officials said. The previous highs had been 54.79 percent on Aug. 26, 2003, and 54.63 percent on Sept. 10, 2002.

"The recent heat and dryness is catching up with us on a national scale," said Michael J. Hayes, director of the National Drought Mitigation Center at UNL. "Now, we have a larger section of the country in these lesser categories of drought than we've previously experienced in the history of the Drought Monitor."

The monitor uses a ranking system that begins at D0 (abnormal dryness) and moves through D1 (moderate drought), D2 (severe drought), D3 (extreme drought) and D4 (exceptional drought).

Moderate drought's telltale signs are some damage to crops and pastures, with streams, reservoirs or wells getting low. At the other end of the scale, exceptional drought includes widespread crop and pasture losses, as well as shortages of water in reservoirs, streams and wells, creating water emergencies. So far, just 8.64 percent of the country is in either extreme or exceptional drought.

"During 2002 and 2003, there were several very significant droughts taking place that had a much greater areal coverage of the more severe and extreme drought categories," Hayes said. "Right now we are seeing pockets of more severe drought, but it is spread out over different parts of the country.

"It's early in the season, though. The potential development is something we will be watching."

The U.S. Drought Monitor is a joint endeavor by the National Drought Mitigation Center at UNL, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and drought observers across the country.


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Jul 05, 2012
12 year record. Wow. So impressive.

Jul 05, 2012
Talk about short memories.

1934? Never heard of it.

1950s? Never heard of it.

"the drought of the 1950s, the benchmark to which all other droughts in Texas are compared. It ran from 1947 to 1957, and at its end, a state water official called it "the most costly and one of the most devastating droughts in 600 years.""

http://www.states...176.html

"Losses from 1950 to 1957 were estimated at $22 billion in 2011 dollars"

Jul 05, 2012
Nah, I wouldn't cry until I see the body in the coffin, and even then, it's all depends whether I can criticize, complain or sue someone else for a buck. Even if it a dreadnought that lasts a hundred years, there's always studies for me and my folks to quote and explain it all away. Business as usual folks, have to make lots of money anyway we can, there is someone somewhere dies every day..as long as it's not us-screw the rest!

Jul 05, 2012
So - a country wide heat wave is refuted by Parker -


It isn't country wide. And as they say:

"So far, just 8.64 percent of the country is in either extreme or exceptional drought.

"During 2002 and 2003, there were several very significant droughts taking place that had a much greater areal coverage of the more severe and extreme drought categories," Hayes said. "Right now we are seeing pockets of more severe drought, but it is spread out over different parts of the country."

Real Drought:

http://weather.ab...-Map.htm

Jul 06, 2012
"So far, just 8.64 percent of the country is in either extreme or exceptional drought."

"During 2002 and 2003, there were several very significant droughts taking place that had a much greater areal coverage of the more severe and extreme drought categories," Hayes said. "Right now we are seeing pockets of more severe drought, but it is spread out over different parts of the country."

Real Drought:

http://weather.ab...-Map.htm

Jul 06, 2012


"So far, just 8.64 percent of the country is in either extreme or exceptional drought." - ParkerGenius

Why is it that Poor ParkerGenius is caught lying in every one of his posts?


Why is quoting from the article lying?

Shouldn't you read the article before claiming I am a liar?

Jul 06, 2012
So - a country wide heat wave is refuted by Parker - because Texas had a drought in 1950. We can tell the folks in Colorado who have died


... to not trust law enforcement.

"Three people in Colorado are dead after an emergency 911 system malfunctioned and failed to alert them to evacuate their homes ahead of a raging wildfire.

The three victims had all contacted the Jefferson County 911 system to ask about the fire, but were not told by dispatchers to evacuate, and did not receive the automated notification in time to save their lives,"

Jul 07, 2012
The article we are commenting on: "So far, just 8.64 percent of the country is in either extreme or exceptional drought."


Jul 08, 2012
It is quite ironic for the corn harvest to be so affected by these conditions, many farmers took a chance on the weather and planted 2 weeks early.

Jul 08, 2012
So far, just 8.64 percent of the country is in either extreme or exceptional drought.

June 1934 compared to June 2012.

http://stevengodd...armists/

Its has been much, much worse 80 years ago.

Jul 08, 2012
"worst wild fires in the states history"

Using what measure?
A fire in 2002 burned ~10 times more acreage and there were many other fires that covered more land.

Jul 08, 2012
So far, just 8.64 percent of the country is in either extreme or exceptional drought.


June 1934 compared to June 2012.

http://stevengodd...armists/

Its has been much, much worse 80 years ago.

Its has been much, much worse 80 years ago. .

Jul 08, 2012
So Not Parker, when food prices go to record levels, affecting the poor more than the rest shall you comfort them with "it was much much worse 80 years ago"? Does a broken finger still hurt even though a broken wrist hurt more 5 years ago?

History doesn't negate the present.

I know you can't be affected by drought because you will always have cherries to pick.

Jul 09, 2012
So Not Parker, when food prices go to record levels,


The diversion of corn to ethanol production sent food prices soaring. Did you know 40% of the corn crop was turned into ethanol?

http://finance.fo...od-fuel/


Jul 09, 2012
So Not Parker, the ethanol production is a reason for the drought conditions?
Or that this is too small of a drought to matter?
Substitute wheat, sorghum, or other crops for corn.
Do you not get the point? Your oppositional disorder is flaring again.

Jul 09, 2012
So Not Parker, the ethanol production is a reason for the drought conditions?


Droughts come and go.

Wait until the next 200 year megadrought shows up ... as it has every 650 years or so.

"Although the ancient cycle of megadroughts seems to occur every 650 to 1150 years and the last one was 750 years ago, it is uncertain when the next megadrought will occur. "

http://www.eureka...0112.php

The purpose of ethanol from corn is make food expensive and ruin the engines of cars and make suckers pay full price for a low energy fuel when lots of NG and oil exist.

Jul 09, 2012
Nice TROLL, NotParker, truly well done.
No bites from me.

Jul 09, 2012
If you need water during droughts, you need to build dams. The previous generations knew this. Greenies hate dams.

http://nature.ber...cade.htm

279 in the 60s in California. 2 in the 200x.

Greenies are idiots.


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