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Drought Expands in the U.S. Plains

Posted by feww on January 18, 2013

Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma plagued by severe drought or worse

Severe drought has spread to 87.25 percent of the High Plains, up from 86.20 percent previous week, with 61.27 percent of the region rated in extreme drought, up from 60.25 percent.

  • The entire land area in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma is currently affected by severe drought or worse.

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U.S. Drought Map for 15 January 2013, released by U.S. Drought Monitor on January 17, 2013.

About 58.87 percent of the contiguous United States was in at least “moderate” drought as of January 15, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Oklahoma declares a state of emergency amid persistent drought

About 16,000 residents in rural Payne, Pawnee, and Lincoln counties are running out of water, prompting emergency managers to declare states of emergency.

  • The water level at Lone Chimney Lake, the area’s only source, has dropped under four feet—11.5 feet below normal, reports said.
  • “This month the small Oklahoma farming town of Wapanucka lost water completely when the spring-fed wells the community relies on ran dry. Officials closed schools and residents had to do without tap water until the town could run a line to a neighboring water district.”

“Last summer’s extreme weather locked two-thirds of the U.S. continental land mass in severe drought, cutting production of the biggest crop, corn, by 27 percent from early-season estimates,” said a report.

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GLOBAL WARNING

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DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,149 Days Left 

[January 18, 2013] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,149 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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Texas Drought Toll Continues Climbing

Posted by feww on March 18, 2012

Agricultural losses from Texas historic drought still rising

Drought devastated 42.7 percent (12.2 million acres) of principal harvest in Texas and decimated cattle headcount by 1.4 million (10.5%).

Disaster Calendar 2012 – March 18

[March 18, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,459 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Texas, USA.The 2011 historic drought in Texas was also the Lone Star state’s costliest.  Drought devastated 42.7 percent (12.2 million acres) of principal harvest (corn, sorghum, cotton, wheat, rice and soybean)  in Texas and decimated cattle headcount by 1.4 million (10.5%).
    • Total area planted: 21.3 million acres; only 12.2 million acres or 57.3% harvested
    • Wheat: 5.3 million acres planted; only 35.8% harvested
    • Cotton : 7.6 million acres planted; only 40.8% harvested
    • Corn:  2.1 million acres planted; only 81% harvested
    • Cattle count on January 1, 2011: 13.3 million heads;  reduced to 11.9 million on January 1, 2012.
    • In 2010, considered to be a good year for crop production in Texas, about 87% of the planted acreage was harvested.  (Source: Texas AgriLife Extension Service and USDA).
    • Agricultural losses from the historic drought is said to exceed the original $5.2 billion estimate.


Texas Drought 2011: Deepening Cracks. Frame grab from video report by Agrilife Today

  • Oklahoma and New Mexico. Crop harvests in the bordering states of Oklahoma and New Mexico were also hit by the drought.  In Oklahoma, about 68 percent of the planted acreage was harvested.  In New Mexico, it was less than 60 percent.

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Texas Wildfires Destroy 1,626 Homes, as Drought Worsens

Posted by feww on September 8, 2011

Extreme and exceptional drought levels plague nearly 96 percent of Texas

Wildfires have consumed more than 3.62 million acres of Texas since January

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“Oppressive heat and fires were the story in the country’s mid-section and southern Plains as no relief was seen there this past week. In a bit of cruel irony, it was the strong and persistent winds of Lee, which just missed the mark of the drought’s epicenter in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, that fanned the large number of fire outbreaks in Texas.” Drought Monitor

Disaster Calendar 2011 – September 8

[September 8, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,651 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Texas, USA. The total number of homes destroyed by Bastrop fire is now confirmed at 1,386. At least 240 additional homes have been lost on other fires since Sunday, for a total of about 1,626, TFS reported.
    • The worst fires in Central Texas for at least a century are fulled by a year-long intense drought, low humidity and strong winds generated by the remnants of weather system that had earlier spawned Tropical Storm Lee.
    • Texas has been plagued by its worst drought in at least 6 decades.
    • Drought is expected to continue in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
    • Fire Management Details(Texas Forest Service, TFS)
      • Date: Thursday, September 8, 2011
      • National Preparedness Level: 3
      • Southern Area Preparedness Level: 4
      • TFS Preparedness Level: 5
    • Fire Stats
      • Total Number of Fires YTD: ~ 18,776
      • Acres burned: ~ 3,621,589 ["That's roughly the size of Connecticut." Rick Perry said.]
      • Structures Destroyed by Fire: 4,155 units [FEWW Estimate: ~5,200]
      • Fires in the past 7 days: TFS has responded to 176 fires for 126,844 acres.
      • Since Sunday about 1,626  homes and other structures have been destroyed in various fires.
      • At least 5,000 people have been forced to abandon their homes.
      • About 700 people are in emergency shelters.
      • The 34,000-acre Bastrop Complex Fire near Austin is reportedly 30 percent contained.
      • BEAR CREEK (#536), Cass County. 25,000 acres, unknown containment. The fire is burning very actively in heavy timber and is threatening numerous houses. Eight homes have been destroyed.
      • PEDERNALES BEND (Spicewood), Travis County. 6,500 acres, 80 percent contained. Sixty-seven homes were destroyed.
      • RILEY ROAD, Grimes/Montgomery/Waller counties. 11,000 acres, 60 percent contained. Seventy-five homes have been destroyed just west of Magnolia.
      • TAMINA ROAD, Montgomery County. 150 acres, unknown containment. Hundreds of homes were evacuated Monday, but none was reported lost.
      • UNION CHAPEL, Bastrop County. 912 acres, 90 percent contained. Twenty-five homes were destroyed just west of Bastrop.
      • PETERS CHAPEL, Harrison County. 650 acres, 80 percent contained. The fire is burning actively in pine plantation. Numerous homes have been evacuated. Two homes were destroyed.
      • STEINER RANCH, Travis County. 125 acres, 50 percent contained.  More than 1,000 homes were evacuated. Thirty-five homes were destroyed.
      • #491, Limestone County. 3,000 acres, 95 percent contained. One was lost 20 miles east of Waco.
      • DELHI, Caldwell County. 6,000 acres. Six homes were lost on this fire east of Lockhart.
      • BAILEY, Colorado County. 2,300 acres, 90 percent contained. This fast-moving fire threatened 40 homes near Columbus. Ten homes were destroyed.
      • DIANA (#545), Upshur County. 2,500 acres, 70 percent contained. Twenty homes are threatened.
      • LUTHERHILL, Fayette County. 2,700 acres, 95 percent contained. The community of Ruttersville was evacuated. Fourteen homes were destroyed.
      • MOORE, Smith County. 1,500 acres, 90 percent contained. Ten homes were evacuated and five were lost on this fire burning on the Smith/Gregg County line. Two civilian fatalities were reported.
      • Wildfires in East Texas have consumed at least 2,000 acres, killing a woman and her baby and destroying more than a dozen homes, a report said.
      • BOOT WALKER (#553), Marion County. 1,000 acres, unknown containment. Thirty homes are threatened.
      • TOAD ROAD (#552), Upshur County. 350 acres, unknown containment. Three homes were lost and dozens remain threatened.
      • HOPEWELL (#854), Walker County. 1,035 acres, 90 percent contained. Thirty homes have been evacuated, five homes were destroyed.
      • HALSBRO COMPLEX, Red River County. 958 acres, unknown containment. Fifteen homes are threatened, but none reported lost.
      • #502, Nacogdoches County. 4,000 acres, unknown containment. More than a dozen homes have been evacuated, but none lost.
      • ARBOR, Houston County. 3,000 acres, 90 percent contained. Up to 15 homes are reported lost.
      • OLD MAGNOLIA, Gregg County. 1,000 acres, 80 percent contained. Several structures and a gas plant are threatened. Two fuel tanks exploded.
      • #839, Leon County (Concord Robbins). 4,689 acres, 90 percent contained. Twenty homes are reported lost and more than 300 were evacuated.
      • 101 RANCH, Palo Pinto County. 6,555 acres, 85 percent contained. The fire is burning on the south side of Possum Kingdom Lake near the town of Brad. Thirty-nine homes and nine RV’s have been reported destroyed.
      • Death toll from the fire outbreak has climbed to at least 4, a report said.
      • Yesterday (September 7, 2011) TFS responded to 20 new fires for 1,422 acres, including new large fires in Red River, Smith, and Cherokee/Rusk counties.
      • TFS has responded to 176 fires for 126,844 acres in the past seven days.
      • Texas drought-related losses YTD: At least $10 billion

  • Oklahoma, USA. D3 and D4 (extreme and exceptional) drought levels now plague nearly 85.5 percent of the state.
  • New Mexico, USA. D3 and D4 drought levels have intensified across NM, currently gripping about 72.2 percent of the state, a rise of more than 11 percent since last week.

Global Climate

The forecasters at Climate Prediction Center (CPC) have upgraded last month’s La Niña Watch to a La Niña Advisory. “La Niña, which contributed to extreme weather around the globe during the first half of 2011, has re-emerged in the tropical Pacific Ocean and is forecast to gradually strengthen and continue into winter.”

This means drought is likely to continue in the drought-stricken states of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director of the CPC. “La Niña also often brings colder winters to the Pacific Northwest and the northern Plains, and warmer temperatures to the southern states.”

Other Global Incidents

  • Wellington, New Zealand. A mystery virus with flu-like symptoms has forced at least one Wellington school to shut  down, as a third of of the students and half the staff were sickened, a report said.
    • “Some students were also suffering ear and chest infections.”

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Drought Intensifies in Southern U.S.

Posted by feww on September 1, 2011

Drought is also intensifying in the southeast, especially Georgia, eastern Alabama: Report

The drought could extend into next year and beyond, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported.

“In Texas and southern Oklahoma, another week of above-normal temperatures (up to 14°F above normal, with highs eclipsing 110°F) and sunny skies further offset the benefits of early month rainfall.   Consequently, drought intensified over many of the remaining D2 and D3 areas (Severe to Extreme Drought), with the vast majority of Texas and Oklahoma under Exceptional Drought (D4).  As of August 29, pasture and range condition was rated 98 and 92 percent poor to very poor in Texas and Oklahoma, respectively.  Further illustrating the heat and drought’s devastating impacts, cotton – a crop that generally thrives in hot, dry weather – was rated 60 percent poor to very poor in Texas and an astounding 92 percent poor to very poor in Oklahoma.  180-day rainfall deficits exceeded 14 inches in southwestern Oklahoma and north-central Texas, and were locally in excess of 20 inches near Houston.”

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – September 1

[September 1, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,658 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • U.S. South. Drought conditions (D0 – D4) now engulf 97.56 percent of the South, up from 93.62 percent a week earlier, the US Drought Monitor reported.
  • U.S. Southeast. Extreme drought level (D3) in the Southeast now covers 22.8 percent of the region, compared with 12.94 percent last week.
  • Texas, USA. Extreme and exceptional levels of drought (D3 and D4) in Texas have climbed to 95.04 percent of the state, up from 94.42 percent last week, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported.
    • Childress, Texas has  recorded 94 days of triple digit temperatures (50 consecutive days, ending on August 10) so far this year.
    • The summer of 2011 was the hottest on record across the Southern Plains region by a significant margin (up to 3.4ºF), NWS reported.
    • Temperatures climbed above 90 degrees EVERY DAY during meteorological summer (June 1-August 31) at both Lubbock and Childress monitoring sites, the first time ever on record.

  • Oklahoma, USA. Extreme and exceptional levels of drought now cover 85.37 percent of the state.
  • Louisiana, USA. Extreme and exceptional drought plague 59.50 percent of the state, an increase of about 4 percent since last week.
  • Kansas, USA. D3 and D4 drought conditions engulf about 32 percent of state of Kansas.

Other Disasters

  • Vermont, USA. The White House today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Vermont due to the severe impact of Tropical Storm Irene beginning on August 29, 2011, and continuing.
  • Oklahoma, USA. A wildfire in a wooded area of Oklahoma city has consumed at least 25 homes.
  • Texas, USA. A Texas wildfire near Possum Kingdom Lake, about 75 miles west of Fort Worth, has consumed at least 6,500 acres, destroying 40 homes, a report said.

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Texas Wheat Harvest Falls 60 Percent

Posted by feww on August 17, 2011

The “worst wheat harvest” in living memory!

Drought Decimates Harvest in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas

[August 16, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,674 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – August 16 Entry

  • USA. Texas harvested only 52 million bushels of wheat, compared with 127.5 million in 2010. Oklahoma’s harvest was down to 74.8 million bushels, from 129 million last year. Kansas could only harvest 273 million bushels, down from 360 million, USDA reported.
    • “We’re always saying next year it will be better, but it doesn’t look very hopeful at this point,” said veteran Kansas wheat farmer Larry Kepley.
    • It’s “the worst wheat harvest” he has ever known. “We’re always saying next year it will be better, but it doesn’t look very hopeful at this point,” added Kepley.

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U.S. back-to-back disasters phase has begun

Posted by feww on August 15, 2011

40 percent of the entire U.S. cowherd severely impacted by killer drought: Report

Deadly drought in the South, compounded by unrelenting heat, is forecast to linger, even intensify in coming months.

[August 15, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,675 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Disaster Calendar 2011 – August 15 Entry

  • USA. Killer drought in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and parts of Kansas and Colorado is compounded by unrelenting heat. Some 40 percent of the entire cowherd in the U.S. is now severely impacted by “exceptional” and “extreme” levels of drought, according to Northwest Oklahoma livestock specialist Greg Highfill.
  • New Jersey, USA. A State of Emergency has been declared for Salem and Cumberland counties following widespread flooding caused by torrential rain.
    • Pittsgrove in Salem County, New Jersey, has received about 12 inches of rain since the storm began on Sunday.
    • Flood watches have been issued for Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and most parts of New Jersey, NWS said.

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