Heat, Worsening Drought Kill Thousands of Cattle
Posted by feww on July 22, 2011
Mounting Human Toll Yet to Be Revealed
Deadly heat across the central and eastern United States expands into the Ohio Valley and East Coast States
Highest heat indexes reported over the southern Plains, the Midwest, the Ohio Valley and the Mid-Atlantic: NWS
At least 5,000 cattle have died from heat in Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota, reports said.
Highlights and Excerpts from the Weekly Report
- Great Plains: The drought conditions across the Southern Great Plains persisted, and worsened across most areas.
- Texas: 94% of the range and pastureland was described as being in poor or very poor condition— a record weekly value.
- Oklahoma: Across Oklahoma, 78% of the range and pastureland described as poor or very poor.
- Great Lakes: Continued dryness that began about 60 days ago prompted the introduction of an area of abnormal dryness (D0) to the map across the lower Great Lakes region.
- Across western New York and Pennsylvania, continued dry conditions lead to an expansion of the recently introduced D0 area.
- Southeast and mid-Atlantic: A dry pattern persisted for the Carolinas, prompting a slight expansion in coverage of all the drought categories.
- Rockies and Southwest: Rainfall (approximately 0.5 inch) associated with monsoonal moisture contributed to a small improvement across northwest New Mexico (McKinley County). The central portions of New Mexico remained dry while some portions across the south received nearly 6 inches of rainfall. Even with 4-6 inches falling in the Cloudcroft region, improvement could not be pursued as average rainfall is 5.2 inches. Within the same climate division, most other stations reported less than 1 inch of total rainfall during July.
- Colorado: Impacts from the drought continue to linger across the SW Colorado.
Temperature Forecast: Temperatures are expected to remain above normal for the central portions of the contiguous 48 states and below-normal along the Pacific Coast. (Source: )
Indiana and Ohio
“Their crops are behind, and to make things even worse, they are dry now, too,” said Ken Scheeringa, Indiana’s associate state climatologist.
The dry parts in the Midwest is forecast to expand merging into a larger area from eastern Iowa through northern Illinois, stretching into Ohio, Scheeringa said.
“That dome of hot air over Missouri-Kansas — that is so strong, it’s just overwhelming the whole United States now,” he said. “It’s huge.”
“I think all the heat that has developed out in the Plains has spilled over into the rest of the Midwest. That has certainly been a contributing factor,” said the state climatologist for Illinois.
“Because corn supplies in the United States, the world’s largest producer and exporter of the grain, are projected to fall to a 16-year low by the end of August, the grain trade is counting on a large harvest this fall.” Said a report.
Soil Moisture Forecasts
Constructed Analog Forecasts based on Soil Moisture. Source: CPC