America’s 2012 Great Drought

As Bad as During the 1930s Dust Bowl?

In-depth Report:

Percentage of U.S. Land Covered in Drought As Bad As Dust Bowl … But Severe Drought – and Dust Storms – Not As Bad

The progress of the drought has been horrific:

12 week 2012 Drought: As Bad as During the 1930s Dust Bowl?The current drought is covering almost as much of the U.S. as during the 1930s dust bowl:

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As the Weather Channel  pointed out last month,  the area covered by drought rivals some of the dust bowl years:

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As of June – the area covered by severe drought was still lower than during the Dust Bowl years, but still made the top 10 list:

map specnews30 ltst 4namus enus 650x366 2012 Drought: As Bad as During the 1930s Dust Bowl?But – despite the recent rains in some areas, which reduced by 1% the area covered by drought – the farm states remain parched, and the area covered by severe drought is still growing.

Much of the area hit during the Dust Bowl – and again today – is naturally prone to drought.  As the Weather Channel notes:

The area is known as semi-arid and is naturally prone to drought and high winds. In fact, early settlers referred to it as the “Great American Desert.”

Interestingly, HowStuffWorks notes:

About 90 percent of the 450 million hectares of arid land in North America suffers from moderate to severe desertification [source: Center for International Earth Science Information Network]

July was the warmest month recorded in the U.S. since records began in 1895.  And AP reports:

The first seven months of 2012 were the warmest on record for the nation. And August 2011 through July this year was the warmest 12-month period on record, just beating out the July 2011-June 2012 time period.

Unfortunately, the one certainty is higher food prices.

Postscript:  Predictably, some say this proves global warming is a dire threat, and others say that it is dishonest to claim that short-term weather proves anything.

But we can all agree on the following:

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