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US: Dozens of Additional Counties Designated Disaster Areas

Posted by feww on December 4, 2012


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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)

us rain map recent
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

us rain map 18-24 nov12
U.S. Rain Map  18 – 24 Nov. 2012.  Source: CPC/NOAA

Drought Links

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background


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