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Severe to Exceptional Drought Grows in U.S.

Posted by feww on July 26, 2012

Nearly half of U.S. in ‘Severe’ to ‘Exceptional’ drought

‘Severe’ to ‘Exceptional’ drought conditions (D2 – D4) have increased to 45.57 percent in the lower 48 states, a rise of more than 3 percent since last week.

  • About two-thirds (63.86%) of the United States remains in moderate drought or worse.
  • During the 2012 crop year, USDA has designated 1,369 counties across 31 states as disaster areas—1,234 due to drought. The drought disaster declaration list also includes numerous other counties designated as contiguous disaster areas. [NOTE: There are 3,143 counties and county-equivalents in the U.S.]
  • Nearly a third of the Midwest is in extreme drought, about three time as much as previous week.
  • Central U.S. is the worst hit region with continued widespread intensification of drought.
  • ‘Extreme’ and ‘Exceptional’ drought levels (D3 – D4) prevail in 20.57 percent of the Contiguous 48, compared with 13.53 percent  a week earlier.
  • The areas experiencing ‘Exceptional’ drought level (d4) has more than doubled to 2.38 percent of the lower 48 since July 17 report.
  • Hawaii and Alaska have not reported any change in the drought conditions.


Drought Map for Continental U.S., July 24, 2012. (Released July 26, 2012)

“We’ve seen tremendous intensification of drought through Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Arkansas, Kansas and Nebraska, and into part of Wyoming and South Dakota in the last week,” said Brian Fuchs, a climatologist and U.S. Drought Monitor author. “The amount of D3 developing  in the country has increased  quite a bit for each of the last several weeks.”

The current U.S. Drought Monitor shows that every state in the country had at least a small area shown as abnormally dry or worse. “It’s such a broad footprint,” Fuchs said.

“This drought is two-pronged,” he said. “Not only the dryness but the heat is playing a big and important role. Even areas that have picked up rain are still suffering because of the heat.”


Drought Comparison Maps for
Continental U.S.,  July 17 – 24, 2012. (Released July 26, 2012)


Comparison Maps for July 10 and July 17, 2012.


U.S. Drought Comparison Maps for July 3 and July 10, 2012.


U.S. Drought Comparison Maps for June 26 and July 3, 2012


Dryness and drought, exacerbated by above-normal temperatures, have been increasing both in extent and intensity across much of the central and northern U.S.  Source: NOAA/ NWS/ NCEP/ Climate Prediction Center

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

  • Beijing, China. Death toll from Saturday’s extreme rain event in Beijing has climbed to at least 77, the Beijing municipal government said Thursday.

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Mega Flooding in Beijing

Posted by feww on July 22, 2012

Chinese capital pounded by extreme rain event

Torrential rain and mega flooding left at least 37 people dead in the Chinese capital, forcing thousands to flee their homes.

The average precipitation throughout Beijing area was reported at at 170 mm during a 24 hour period spanning Saturday – Sunday, while the urban area received 225 mm in 16 hours, and a township in the suburban district of Fangshan recorded 460 mm, official reports said.

“Among the victims, 25 were drowned, six were killed in house collapses, one by lightening strike and five were electrocuted, according to the Information Office of the municipal government,” said a report.

  • The rainstorms has affected at least 2 million people across the capital, causing substantial damage to private property and public infrastructure, destroying roads and bridges.
  • At least 100,000 people have been relocated.


Rescuers prepare to search submerged cars near Guangqumen Bridge in Beijing, July 21, 2012. (Xinhua/Li Fangyu). More images…

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

U.S. Drought Update: Weekly Precipitation Map


U.S. Weekly Precipitation Map generated July 22, 2012. About 70 percent of Continental United States received less than one  inch of rain in the week ending July 21, 2012.

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U.S. Drought Continues to Spread, Intensify

Posted by feww on July 19, 2012

Drought 2012: Update July 19

Nearly two-thirds of Continental U.S. in drought condition

More than 42 percent of the lower 48 states were in SEVERE, EXTREME or EXCEPTIONAL Drought Conditions (D2-D4) as of July 17, 2012, a rise of over 5 percent since last week.

  • As of July 17, 2012,  all of the Continental U.S. with the exception of Maine is experiencing Abnormally Dry or Drought Conditions (D0 -D4)  in full or in parts of the states, a situation which has since worsened due to lack of precipitation and a heat wave in the past two days.
  • More than 81 percent of the Contiguous United States was Abnormally Dry or in Drought  Conditions (D0 – D4).


U.S. Drought Map for July 17, 2012, released July 19.


Comparison Maps for July 10 and July 17, 2012.


U.S. Drought Comparison Maps for July 3 and July 10, 2012.


U.S. Drought Comparison Maps for June 26 and July 3, 2012


Dryness and drought, exacerbated by above-normal temperatures, have been increasing both in extent and intensity across much of the central and northern U.S.  Source: NOAA/ NWS/ NCEP/ Climate Prediction Center

U.S. Weekly Precipitation Map

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