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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...

Return Of The Dust Bowl
2011-11-04 02:58:05

Geoscientists predict a dry, dusty future for the American West Haboobs, giant dust storms, walloped Arizona last summer – some close to 2 kilometers high and 160 kilometers wide – knocking out electricity, creating traffic jams and grounding airplanes. Even old-timers say they can't remember anything quite like this year's aerial assaults. Meanwhile Texas is experiencing one of the most extreme droughts in recent history, with almost 90 percent of the state in the most extreme...

2009-05-07 12:04:16

U.S. and Swiss scientists say unusual atmospheric circulation might have caused the 1930s Dust Bowl and could also be responsible for other droughts. The researchers from the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science in Zurich, Switzerland; the Observatory and World Radiation Center in Davos, Switzerland, and the U.S. National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., said they used historical upper air data, reconstructions and model simulations to analyze atmospheric circulation during...

2008-10-06 12:00:22

U.S. scientists say whether another Great Plains 1930s-type "dust bowl" again develops depends on underground water storage depth. Recent modeling results show the depth of the water table, which results from lateral water flow at the surface and subsurface, determines the relative susceptibility of regions to changes in temperature and precipitation. "Groundwater is critical to understand the processes of recharge and drought in a changing climate," said Reed Maxwell, an atmospheric...

2008-07-25 09:00:51

By Chris Casteel and John David Sutter, The Oklahoman Jul. 25--A federal judge in Seattle ruled Thursday that ranchers who had been preparing to use land in a U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation program for haying and grazing can do so for a limited time. The ruling will open up about 200,000 acres of land in Oklahoma to ranchers desperate to feed their cattle. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, called the ruling a victory for Oklahoma farmers and ranchers. And a rancher in western...

2008-06-29 09:01:33

FORTH WORTH, Texas _ For many farmers and ranchers, it's becoming an all-too-familiar routine: One drought ends and another begins. Over the last 12 years, Texas has weathered five droughts, and another might be in the works. South and Southwest Texas are in the throes of a major drought, and dry conditions are starting to creep into other parts of the state. Crops are withering, wildfires are burning, and water restrictions have returned to the Edwards Plateau in Central Texas. In...

2008-06-27 15:02:33

By Dennis Pollock, The Fresno Bee, Calif. Jun. 27--U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is urging U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer to quickly provide drought assistance to California farmers using an agricultural disaster program authorized by the recently enacted Farm Bill. In a letter sent Thursday, Boxer, D-Calif., said the drought has caused farmers "to walk away from thousands of acres of crops, an event with the potential to cost California's economy hundreds of millions of dollars in lost...

2008-05-08 17:50:09

The Dust Bowl drought of the 1930s was arguably one of the worst environmental disasters of the 20th century. New computer simulations reveal the whipped-up dust is what made the drought so severe. Scientists have known that poor land use and natural atmospheric conditions led to the rip-roaring dust storms in the Great Plains in the 1930s. Climate models in the past few years also have revealed the effect of sea surface temperatures on the Dust Bowl. "What is new and what had...

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