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Drought Worsens For Several Farming States Despite Cooling Temperatures
2012-08-24 09:35:27

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While cooler temperatures and rainfall have eased drought conditions in some areas around the country, many farming states continue to feel the pinch of the worst US dry spell to hit in more than fifty years. A new drought report released Thursday details the current conditions across the country, with severe to exceptional drought still occurring in much of the Midwest. The US Drought Monitor´s weekly map showed that as of...

United States Drought Monitor Released, Bad News For Agriculture
2012-07-06 13:27:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Wave after wave of heat has baked almost half the United States into some form of drought, according to data released by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The economic impact is still impossible to know, but officials and stakeholders are expecting a significant impact of the nation´s agricultural output. Analysis of the UNL data revealed that a record 46.8 percent of the nation's...

Southern Drought Expected To Continue
2012-01-17 14:03:08

Government scientists reported this month that the Southern drought that has led to $10 billion in crop and agricultural losses in 2011 will continue for at least the next three months. The drought is forecast to worsen and expand across the western United States as well. According to the recent Drought Monitor report, drought is forecasted to develop in a solid 2,500-mile stripe across the southern tier of the USA from California to Virginia. "There are fairly good odds that the...

2011-09-02 09:51:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Based on Pennsylvania Drought Task Force recommendations, the Department of Environmental Protection today lifted drought watch declarations for 40 counties and reclassified four counties to drought watch status. "Recent rainfall, particularly in the last week, has returned stream flows, groundwater levels and soil moisture levels to normal in the eastern and several southern portions of the state," DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said....

2010-11-10 12:58:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Drought Task Force, the Department of Environmental Protection announced today that it has removed about two-thirds of the state from drought watch and warning status. DEP lifted the declarations for 46 counties located primarily in central and eastern Pennsylvania. In western Pennsylvania, 21 counties either remain in or were reclassified to drought watch status. "The remnants of Tropical...

2010-07-09 14:34:00

No Statewide or Regional Declarations in Effect HARRISBURG, Pa., July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection and other state and federal agencies continue to monitor water and moisture levels throughout Pennsylvania to assess the severity of dry conditions that would signal the beginning of a drought. Although much of the state saw very hot weather earlier this week and many areas have received little significant precipitation in recent weeks, no drought...

2008-06-20 09:00:17

By NATASHA ROBINSON By Natasha Robinson The Associated Press RALEIGH Almost all of North Carolina is now in a drought, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday. The report shows 97 percent of the state in some form of drought, up from 65 percent last week. Conditions are worse in the southwestern part of the state, where seven counties are under "exceptional" drought, the most severe category. Conditions could get worse because the state never recovered from its last drought,...

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2006-12-14 18:25:00

WASHINGTON -- The nation set a record for wildfires this year and climate experts say 2006 will probably end as the third warmest year on record for the contiguous United States. Drought and hot conditions contributed to the record wildfire season, with more than 9.5 million acres burned through early December, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. The annual climate report, released Thursday by the National Climatic Data Center, says 2006 will most likely be the third warmest...

2006-03-16 14:53:38

By Christopher Doering WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Drought that has shriveled crops and sparked fires in bone-dry forests will persist and could even worsen across the Southwest and central and southern Plains through at least June, U.S. government forecasters said Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its spring weather forecast that these regions, which have already seen thousands of acres go up in flames, should brace for a "significant" wildfire season...