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U.S. Drought Spreads

Posted by feww on December 28, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,170 Days Left 

[December 28, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,170 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Drought spreads fractionally across the U.S.

Abnormally Dry or worse drought conditions (D0 to D4 levels on the U.S. Drought Monitor scale) spread to 73.84 of continental U.S. as of December 25 fractionally higher than the previous week (73.79%), while moderate to severe drought (D1 to D4) expanded to 61.82 percent of the country.

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U.S. Drought Map for December 25, 2012. Released December 27 by U.S. Drought Monitor

Additional Counties Designated as Drought Disaster Areas

  • California.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 30 counties in California as disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought that began Jan. 1, 2012, and continues. The designation includes 6 counties as primary disaster areas and 24 others as secondary disaster areas.
  • Texas.  USDA has also designated 12 counties in Texas as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought. The designation include 2 counties as primary and 10 others as secondary disaster areas.

Recent Drought Links

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U.S. Drought Persists Despite Snow

Posted by feww on December 21, 2012

Nearly 74% of the U.S. remains abnormally dry or worse, despite  snowstorms 

“The snow is good, but in most instances it was less than one inch of liquid and if the soils are frozen, there will be little infiltration,” said a climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center.

  • High Plains:  Severe drought covered 86.20% of the High Plains as of December 18, 2012, up from 86.12% percent the previous week , While extreme drought spread to 59.98% of the region, up from 58.39% and exceptional drought area increased to 26.99%, up from 26.91%.
  • Contiguous United States:  About 61.79% of Continental U.S. was in moderate to exceptional drought (D1 to D4 on the Drought Monitor Scale), a marginal improvement from 61.87% on December 11.

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U.S. Drought Map for December 18, 2012. Released December 20 by U.S. Drought Monitor

Drought Links

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Drought Continues to Expand through U.S. Farming Region

Posted by feww on December 14, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,184 Days Left 

[December 14, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,184 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Drought affecting about two-thirds of U.S. new winter wheat crop

As of December 11, 2012 ‘severe’ to ‘exceptional’ drought levels (D3 – D5 on the U.S. Drought Monitor Scale ) pervaded through 42.59% of continental United States, up from 42.22% a week earlier.

  • Some 61.87 percent of the contiguous United States was in at least ‘Moderate’ drought, down from 62.37 percent the previous week.

U-S Drought Map - 11dec2012
U.S. Drought Map for December 11, 2012. Release December 13 by U.S. Drought Monitor

Map of the U.S. Counties Designated as Drought Disaster Areas

As of December 12, 2012, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) had designated as drought disaster areas  a total of 2,735 counties throughout  the country. The designations included 2,300 counties declared primary disaster areas and 435 additional counties as contiguous disaster areas.

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U.S. Drought Disaster Map for December 12, 2012.

Drought Links

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Drought Continues to Expand through Central U.S.

Posted by feww on December 7, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,191 Days Left 

[December 7, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,191 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

‘Abnormally Dry’ to ‘Exceptional Drought’ conditions plague more than ¾ of Contiguous United States

More than 76 percent of Contiguous United States was covered by Abnormally Dry to Exceptional Drought conditions, as of December 4, 2012, U.S. Drought Monitor said.

US Drought Map 4dec2012

  • The ongoing drought is seriously impacting winter wheat crop and restricting the movement of essential commodities along receding waterways.
    • Drought conditions in the South have expanded by 5 percent, covering additional parts of Texas, Oklahoma,  Missouri, Louisiana and Kansas.
    • The winter wheat conditions are worse than any November on record, USDA reported.
    • More than 65 percent of the new winter wheat crop is in drought areas.
    • Many producers may be forced to abandon the crop due to its extremely poor condition, USDA said.
  • Record high temperatures kept 2012 on track for the warmest year on record, NOAA said.
    • The year-to-date has been the warmest first 11 months of any year on record for the contiguous United States.
  • Nebraska remained the worst hit state with 100% of the area plagued by Severe to Exception Drought conditions (D2 – D4 on the U.S. Drought Monitor scale).

NEBRASKA drought map

Drought Links

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US: Dozens of Additional Counties Designated Disaster Areas

Posted by feww on December 4, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,194 Days Left 

[December 4, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,194 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

USDA declares counties across 9 states disaster areas

Drought, excessive heat, unseasonably warm and cold weather, and Hurricane Sandy prompts USDA to declare 163 counties across nine states as agricultural disaster areas.

  • The designated disaster areas are in the states of California (4 counties as both primary and contiguous disaster areas), Illinois (3), Michigan (3), Minnesota (6), New York (57), Pennsylvania (9), Vermont (2), Virginia (7) and  Wisconsin (72 counties).
  • Some 2,709 counties across 45 states and D.C. are currently designated as agricultural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought.  [Note: Drought disaster designations include both primary and contiguous disaster areas,  2,268 and 441 counties respectively. ]


U.S. Drought Disaster Map.  This USDA map is incomplete because it does NOT show all 2,709 counties across the 45 states and D.C. that are currently designated as Drought Disaster Areas. For a recent update see
List of Designated Drought Disaster Counties (PDF, 581KB)

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U.S. Precipitation Chart, 26 November – 2 December 2012. Source: HPRCC

Highlights from November Drought Update (CPC/NOAA)

  • Drought impacts to persist into winter and spring
  • Mississippi River barge traffic being impacted by low flows above the Ohio River
  • Severe impacts on agriculture, water supplies, river transportation and energy sectors expected if drought persists into next year
  • 36% of  lower 48 currently in severe or worse drought
  • Exceptional to Extreme Drought persists in Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas
  • Extreme Drought persists in parts of Minnesota and Iowa
  • 53% of Midwest still in the Moderate to Exceptional range – substantial improvements across the east
  • 2012 remains the worst agricultural drought since 1988

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U.S. Rain Map  18 – 24 Nov. 2012.  Source: CPC/NOAA

Drought Links

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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U.S. Drought Deepens

Posted by feww on November 29, 2012

About 76 percent of continental United States abnormally dry or worse

‘Abnormally Dry’ to ‘Exceptional Drought’ conditions cover nearly 76 percent of contiguous U.S., an increase of more than 2 percent since last week.


U.S. Drought Map for November 27, 2012. Released by US Drought Monitor  November 29, 2012.


U.S. Weekly Rain Map.  Source: HPRCC

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U.S. Drought Widens Over Past Week

Posted by feww on November 22, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,206 Days Left 

[November 22, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,206 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

‘Abnormally Dry’ to ‘Exceptional Drought’ conditions cover nearly 74 percent of contiguous U.S.

Extreme and Exceptional drought plague the Great Plains including virtually all of Nebraska and Kansas.


U.S. Drought Map, November 20, 2012. Released by US Drought Monitor on November 21, 2012.

Highlights from the weekly Drought Monitor Report:

  • Nearly 94% of High Plains is now in drought with more than 84% of the region plagued by ‘Severe’ to ‘Exceptional’ drought levels.
  • More than three-quarters of Texas is in at least a ‘Moderate’ drought, with about nearly half the state covered by ‘Severe’ or worse drought conditions.
  • More than 72% of the West, 61% of the South, 30% of the Southeast and 52% of the Midwest are in drought.

Weekly Precipitation Map (November 14 – 20, 2012)


U.S. Weekly Rain Map.  Source: HPRCC

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United States: Drought Persists

Posted by feww on November 16, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,212 Days Left 

[November 16, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,212 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

U.S. Drought persists despite rain: Drought Monitor

As of November 13, about ¾ of contiguous United States remains Abnormally Dry or worse  according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.


U.S. Drought Map, November 13, 2012. Released by US Drought Monitor on November 15, 2012.


U.S. Rain Map: Total precipitation (inches),  4 – 10 Nov 2012.

Highlights from November Drought Update (CPC/NOAA)

  • Drought impacts to persist into winter and spring
  • Mississippi River barge traffic being impacted by low flows above the Ohio River
  • Severe impacts on agriculture, water supplies, river transportation and energy sectors expected if drought persists into next year
  • 36% of  lower 48 currently in severe or worse drought
  • Exceptional to Extreme Drought persists in Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas
  • Extreme Drought persists in parts of Minnesota and Iowa
  • 53% of Midwest still in the Moderate to Exceptional range – substantial improvements across the east
  • 2012 remains the worst agricultural drought since 1988

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

GLOBAL WARNING

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U.S. Drought Intensifies in the Plains

Posted by feww on November 9, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,219 Days Left 

[November 9, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,219 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Middle America: Persistent hot and dry conditions hurting winter wheat crop

Abnormally Dry to Exceptional Drought conditions continue to affect 72.52 percent of the contiguous US as Exceptional Drought level widens, US Drought Monitor reported.


U.S. Drought Map, November 6, 2012. Released by US Drought Monitor on November 8, 2012.


U.S. Soil Moisture – Daily Soil Moisture Anomaly – USDA/NOAA

Drought Disaster Spreads  to 2,709 Counties Across the U.S.

USDA has designated additional counties in North Dakota and Montana as Drought Disaster Areas.  A total of 2,709 Counties across the country are currently designated as Drought Disaster Areas. The total includes 2,266 primary and 443 contiguous counties.


U.S. Drought Disaster Map.  This USDA map is incomplete because it does NOT show all 2,709 counties across the country that are currently designated as Drought Disaster Areas. For a recent update see List of Designated Drought Disaster Counties (PDF, 581KB)

CONTINUED…

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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U.S. Drought: 54 Additional Counties Declared Drought Disaster Areas

Posted by feww on November 2, 2012

USDA designates 2,699 counties drought disaster areas

The drought disaster count increases to 2,699 counties [includes 2,260 primary, and 439 contiguous counties] from 2,645 counties previous week.


Drought Disaster Map.  The above map provided by USDA is incomplete. For a recent list of drought disaster areas see List of Designated Drought Disaster Counties (PDF, 579KB)

U.S. Drought Map


U.S. Drought Map, October 30, 2012. Released by US Drought Monitor on November 1, 2012.

Drought Links

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U.S. Counties Declared Disaster Areas

Posted by feww on October 25, 2012

Dozens of counties across 13 states designated agricultural disaster areas

USDA has designated 151 additional counties (includes both primary and contiguous designations and some duplications) across 13 states as agricultural disaster areas. All but 9 of the designations were due to drought and excessive heat.

The states are Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont and Utah.

  • USDA has now designated a total of 2,645 counties as agricultural disaster areas thus far in 2012 [includes 2,206  counties listed as primary and 439 as contiguous disaster areas.] The designations extend across the lower 48, Hawaii and D.C.

[NOTE: The disaster list represents 85 percent of all 3,143 counties and county-equivalents in the U.S.]


DROUGHT DISASTER MAP. All Drought Disaster Incidents as of 10/24/2012- Map provided by USDA Farm Service Agency Production, Emergencies and Compliance Division.

Additional Drought Information

  • Drought is expected to persist into winter across most of Rockies, Great Plains and Midwest.
  • More than two-thirds of winter wheat is currently in drought
  • Up to 55% of crops are in poor to very poor conditions


U.S. Drought Map, October 23, 2012. Released by US Drought Monitor on October 23, 2012.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

GLOBAL WARNING

Aditional U.S. Counties Declared Disaster Areas

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U.S. Drought Update

Posted by feww on October 19, 2012

U.S. drought retreats fractionally, expected to persist through winter

Abnormally Dry to Exceptional Drought conditions (D0 to D4 drought levels on the U.S. Drought Monitor scale) now cover 74.98 percent of Continental United States, down from 76.72 percent last week, due to multiple storm system moving across the country.

U.S. Drought Map


U.S. Drought Map, October 16, 2012. Released by US Drought Monitor on October 18, 2012.

“The large majority” of the drought is expected to persist, however, and spread westward, said deputy director of NOAA.

“We even see drought expanding westward … into Montana, Idaho and part of Oregon and Washington.” He said.

Forecasters at NOAA also predict a dryer-than-usual and warmer winter.

“The main issues facing the U.S. going into this (winter) outlook period stem from persistent heat and drought,” chief of climate monitoring at NCDC told Reuters. “It is likely that 2012 will be the warmest of the 118-year record for the contiguous United States.”

2012 Drought Disaster Update

USDA has designated 2,673 counties as agricultural disaster areas. The designations, which extend across 47 states and D.C., include 2,234 counties listed as primary and 439 as contiguous disaster areas, as of October 17, 2012.


Total All Crop Approved Designations Disaster Incidents as of 10/17/2012- USDA Farm Service Agency Production, Emergencies and Compliance Division.   NOTE: The above map does NOT appear to have been fully updated.

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U.S. Crop Disaster Losses Spreads to 2,673 Counties

Posted by feww on October 18, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,241 Days Left 

[October 18, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,241 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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WARNING: The United States is now one major disaster away from the onset of large scale collapse!

Global Disasters/ Significant Events

U.S. Drought Disaster Plagues 2,673 Counties across 47 States and DC

USDA has designated 2,673 counties as agricultural disaster areas. The designations, which extend across 47 states and D.C., include 2,234 counties listed as primary and 439 as contiguous disaster areas, as of October 17, 2012

[NOTE: The disaster list represents 85 percent of all 3,143 counties and county-equivalents in the U.S.]

List of of the states included in the USDA disaster designations:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and District of Columbia.


Total All Crop Approved Designations Disaster Incidents as of 10/17/2012- USDA Farm Service Agency Production, Emergencies and Compliance Division.
NOTE: The above map does NOT appear to have been updated.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

GLOBAL WARNING

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Drought Disaster Spreads to 2,423 U.S. Counties

Posted by feww on October 12, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,251 Days Left

[October 12, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,251 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

U.S. Drought Continues Worsening

U.S. areas covered by various drought levels increased by about 1 percent since last week. D0 to D4 drought levels now cover 76.72 percent of Contiguous United States. 


U.S. Drought Map, October 9, 2012. Released by US Drought Monitor on October 11, 2012.

2012 Drought Disaster Update

USDA has declared 2,423 counties across the country as [primary and contiguous] agricultural disaster areas so far this year.


U.S. Drought Disaster Designation Map as of October 10, 2012.

See also: List of Designated Drought Disaster Counties

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

GLOBAL WARNING

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U.S. Drought: Little Change!

Posted by feww on October 4, 2012

U.S. drought areas change less than 1 percent since a week ago

As of October 2, 2012, Abnormally Dry to Exceptional Drought levels (drought conditions D0 – D4 on the US Drought Monitor chart) covered 75.90% of Contiguous U.S. compared with 76.59% a week ago, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.


U.S. Drought Map, October 2, 2012. 

Previous Drought Maps

Drought – Recent Links

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

GLOBAL WARNING

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Disaster Declared due to Drought and Deluge, Extreme Weather

Posted by feww on October 4, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,259 Days Left

[October 4, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,259 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Agricultural Disaster Declared in 216 Additional Counties

USDA has declared 216 additional counties across nine states as disaster areas (total includes both primary and contiguous designations) due to drought and damaging weather.

  • The states are Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.


U.S. Drought Disaster Map, October 3, 2012. Source: USDA. Edited for brevity by FIRE-EARTH.

  • The disasters were caused by
    • Drought in Minnesota and North Dakota.
    • Flash flooding, high winds and hail that began June 22, 2012, and continues in New York.
    • Damages and losses caused by weather-related armyworm outbreak that began May 15 and continues in New York and Pennsylvania.
    • Damages and losses caused by Hurricane Isaac and related conditions such as excessive rain, flooding, hail, high winds and tornadoes that occurred during the period of April 1 – Sept. 14, 2012 in Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee.
    • Severe storms with high winds and excessive rain that occurred May 24-June 27, 2012
    • Damages and losses caused by drought and excessive heat followed by Hurricane Isaac and related conditions such as excessive rain, flooding, hail, high winds and tornadoes that occurred during the period of April 1 – Sept. 14, 2012 in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee.
    • Damages and losses caused by Hurricane Isaac in Alabama and Mississippi.
    • Damages and losses caused by severe storms with high winds and excessive rain that occurred May 24-June 27, 2012 in Wisconsin.
    • Damages and losses caused by unseasonably warm weather followed by frosts and freezes that occurred March 11-May 10, 2012 in Wisconsin.
    • Damages and losses caused by high winds, excessive rain and flooding that occurred June 19-20, 2012 in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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U.S. Drought Intensifies

Posted by feww on September 27, 2012

Severe to Exceptional drought levels increase by more than 1 percent

Moderate to Exceptional drought levels (D1 to D4 on U.S. Drought Monitor scale) increased to 65.45 percent, up from 64.82 percent a week ago, while Severe to Exceptional drought levels (D2 to D4) covered 42.12 percent of Contiguous U.S., an increase of more than 1 percent.


U.S. Drought Map, September 25, 2012. Source: US Drought Monitor

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Drought Disaster Declared in 46 Counties

Posted by feww on September 27, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,266 Days Left

[September 27, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,266 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Drought disaster plagues additional counties in the Dakotas, Hawaii, Minnesota, Wisconsin

Forty-six additional counties across the Dakotas, Hawaii, Minnesota and Wisconsin have been declared agricultural disaster areas (includes both primary and contiguous designations) due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported.


U.S. Drought Disaster Map, September 26, 2012. Source: USDA. Edited for brevity by FIRE-EARTH

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U.S. Drought Disaster Grows

Posted by feww on September 21, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,272 Days Left

[September 21, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,272 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

US Drought Disaster list joined by 92 additional counties across 9 states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated 92 counties across eight states as primary and contiguous disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.

  • The states are Alabama, Georgia, Iowa,  Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
  • As of September 19, 2012  a total of 2,348 counties across 43 states have been designated as agricultural  disaster areas due to the drought, this year.
  • List of Designated Drought Disaster Counties


U.S. Drought Disaster Map, September 19, 2012. Source: USDA. Edited for brevity by FIRE-EARTH.

U.S. Drought 2012

Drought has set yet another record high in the 12-year data, U.S. Drought Monitor reported. Nearly two-thirds (64.82 percent) of Contiguous United States (54.25 percent of the country) is now in moderate drought or worse, the largest percentage ever recorded at that level.


U.S. Drought Map, September 18, 2012. Source: US Drought Monitor

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U.S. Drought Persists

Posted by feww on September 13, 2012

Drought conditions in contiguous U.S. spread, intensify by about 1 percent

About four-fifth of the contiguous United States still faces drought conditions in spite of marginal relief from rains generated by TS ISAAC.

As of September 11, 2012, Abnormally Dry to Exceptional Drought levels (drought conditions D0 – D4 on the US Drought Monitor chart) covered 78.53% of Contiguous U.S., 80.57% of Hawaii, 29.28% of Alaska and 33.34% of Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.


U.S. Drought Map, September 11, 2012.  

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Agri Disaster List Continues Growing

Posted by feww on September 12, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,281 Days Left

[September 12, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

 Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Hundreds of additional counties designated disaster areas due to drought, excessive heat

USDA has designated about 400 additional counties across 14 states as both primary and contiguous disaster areas due to drought, excessive heat.

  • The states are Alabama, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri,  Montana, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
  • As of September 12, 2012 USDA has designated 2,341 unduplicated counties across the country as agricultural disaster areas due to drought.
  • List of Designated Drought Disaster Counties


U.S. Drought Disaster Map, September 12, 2012. Source: USDA. Edited for brevity by FIRE-EARTH.

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U.S. Climate: Warmest YTD on Record

Posted by feww on September 11, 2012

Drought-related stress affecting 80% of U.S. corn and soybeans, causing crops failure

The January-August 2012 was the warmest first 8 months of any year on record for the contiguous United States. The national temperature of 58.7°F (14.3°C) was 4.0°F above the 20th century average, and 1.0°F above the previous record warm in 2006, NOAA said.

  • Summer 2012 was the 3rd hottest summer on record for the contiguous United States since recordkeeping began 117 years ago. [ 2011 and 1936 had higher summer temperatures for the Lower 48.]

Temperature Anomalies, June – August  2012


Reds show June-August temperatures up to 8° F warmer than average. Blues show temperatures up to 2° F cooler than average—the darker the color, the larger the difference. Source: NOAA climate.gov

  • During the period, 33 states had record warm and an additional 12 states experienced top ten warm.
  • The average temperature for the Lower 48 between June and August was higher than 74°F (24.3°C), which is more than 2° F above the 20th century average.
  • “The average global temperature across land and oceans during July 2012 was 0.62°C (1.12°F) above the 20th century average of 15.8°C (60.4°F) and ranked as the fourth warmest July since records began in 1880. The previous three months—April, May, and June—also ranked among the top five warmest for their respective months. July 2012 marks the 36th consecutive July and 329th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average.” NOAA reported.

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U.S. Drought Disaster Plagues Additional Counties in 19 States

Posted by feww on September 6, 2012

Hundreds of additional counties across 19 states declared disaster areas

About 400 additional counties* across 19 states have been declared agricultural disaster areas, mostly due to the ongoing drought, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The disasters have occurred in the following states:

  • California, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wyoming.

[NOTE: The above figure includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.  Duplications have occurred due to multiple disaster designations.]


U.S. Drought Disaster Map, September 5, 2012. Source: USDA. Edited for brevity by FIRE-EARTH.


U.S. Drought Map, September 4, 2012.

As of September 4, 2012, Abnormally Dry to Exceptional Drought levels (drought conditions D0 – D4 on the US Drought Montor chart) covered 77.69% of Contiguous U.S., 80.57% of Hawaii, 29.28% of Alaska and 33.34% of Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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Drought and Deluge Disasters Declared

Posted by feww on September 1, 2012

Disaster declared in dozens of additional counties due to lingering drought, Hurricane ISAAC

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated the entire state of Michigan, which includes 83 counties, as primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by drought and excessive heat that began March 1, 2012, and continues.

  • USDA has designated 147 additional counties in 14 states as natural disaster areas-128 counties in 10 states due to drought.


U.S. Drought Disaster Map 2012. [August 29, 2012] Source: USDA. Edited for brevity by FIRE-EARTH.

Since the second week of July, USDA has designated 1,892 unduplicated counties in 38 states as disaster areas-1,820 due to drought.

  • The disaster declaration extends also to 15 counties in three surrounding states because they are contiguous.
    • Indiana: Five counties.
    • Ohio. Three counties.
    • Wisconsin. Five counties.
  • Iowa. USDA has designated 11 counties in Iowa as agricultural disaster areas  due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.
    • Minnesota. The declaration extends to four Minnesota counties because they are contiguous.
  • Montana. USDA has designated 23 counties in Montana as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.
    • Idaho.  The declaration extends to three Idaho counties because they are contiguous.
    • Wyoming.  The declaration extends to two Wyoming counties because they are contiguous.
  • Idaho. USDA has designated 6 counties in Idaho as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.
    • Montana.  The declaration extends to two Montana counties because they are contiguous.
  • Alabama. USDA has designated five counties in Alabama as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.
    • Georgia. The declaration extends to three Georgia counties because they are contiguous.
  • South Dakota.USDA has designated 50 counties in South Dakota as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought, excessive heat, high winds, hail, frosts and freezes that began Jan. 1, 2012, and continues. The declaration extends to counties in the following bordering states.
    • Iowa.  One county.
    • Minnesota. Three counties.
    • Montana. Two counties
    • North Dakota. Six counties.
  • Mississippi. USDA has designated ten counties in Mississippi as as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.
    • Tennessee. The declaration extends to two Tennessee counties because they are contiguous.
  • Maryland. USDA has designated 18 counties in Maryland as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought and excessive heat that began April 20, 2012, and continues.  The declaration extends to areas in the following surrounding states.
    • Independent City: Baltimore.
    • Delaware. Four counties.
    • District of Columbia.
    • Pennsylvania.  Two counties.
    • Virginia. Two counties.
    • Independent City:  Alexandria.
  • Kentucky.   USDA has designated three counties in Kentucky as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.
    • Indiana.  The declaration extends to three counties in the adjacent state of Indiana because they are contiguous.
  • Tennessee. USDA has designated 6 counties in Tennessee as a primary and contiguous disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.
    • Mississippi.  The declaration extends to three counties in the adjacent state of Mississippi because they are contiguous.

Wildfires

  • Oregon. USDA has designated seven counties in Oregon as primary and contiguous disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by wildfires that began July 8 and continue. The disaster declaration extends to counties in the adjacent states:
    • Idaho.  Four counties.
    • Nevada. Two counties.

Multiple Freezes

  • Pennsylvania. USDA has designated four counties in Pennsylvania as a primary and contiguous natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by multiple freezes that occurred April 3-30, 2012.
    • Maryland.  The declaration extends to two counties in Maryland because they are contiguous.
  • Maine. USDA has designated seven counties in Maine as primary and contiguous disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by frost, freezes, hailstorms and excessive rain.
    • New Hampshire. The declaration extends to four counties in New Hampshire because they are contiguous.

Flood Disaster Declarations

  • Minnesota. USDA has designated 28 counties in Minnesota as primary and contiguous disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred April 1-July 31, 2012.
    • Wisconsin. The declaration extends to three counties in Wisconsin because they are contiguous.
  • Maine. Seven counties in Maine been named as natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain that occurred June 15-30, 2012.

Hurricane ISAAC Disaster Declarations

  • Mississippi. The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Mississippi  in the area affected by Hurricane Isaac beginning on August 26, 2012, and continuing.
    • The worst affected counties are Amite, Attala, Carroll, Clarke, Copiah, Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Grenada, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Holmes, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lincoln, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Rankin, Stone, Walthall, Wayne, Wilkinson, and Yazoo.
  • Louisiana. The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Louisiana in the area affected by Hurricane Isaac beginning on August 26, 2012, and continuing.
    • The worst affected areas are parishes of Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Franklin, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafourche, Livingston, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Washington, and West Baton Rouge.

Other Disaster Declarations

  • New Mexico.The President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of New Mexico  in the area affected by flooding during the period of June 22 to July 12, 2012.
    • The worst affected areas are the counties of Lincoln and Sandoval and the Santa Clara Pueblo.

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Extreme Drought Creeping Up in Northern Plains

Posted by feww on August 31, 2012

 U.S. Drought Map

The area impacted by Extreme drought increased marginally last week. As of August 28, Extreme and Exceptional drought levels covered 23.18 percent of the United States.


U.S. Drought Map – August 28, 2012. Source: US Drought Monitor.

Previous Drought Map


U.S. Drought Map – August 21, 2012. Source: US Drought Monitor.

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