Drought conditions now affecting 60 percent of the country.

Here’s a scary thought: Over 60% of the country is experiencing drought conditions:

STEELE, N.D. – More than 60 percent of the United States now has abnormally dry or drought conditions, stretching from Georgia to Arizona and across the north through the Dakotas, Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin, said Mark Svoboda, a climatologist for the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

An area stretching from south central North Dakota to central South Dakota is the most drought-stricken region in the nation, Svoboda said.

“It’s the epicenter,” he said. “It’s just like a wasteland in north central South Dakota.”

Brad Rippey, a federal Agriculture Department meteorologist in Washington, said this year’s drought is continuing one that started in the late 1990s. “The 1999 to 2006 drought ranks only behind the 1930s and the 1950s. It’s the third-worst drought on record — period,” Rippey said.

Global warming? What global warming? Things are only going to get worse before they get better.

3 thoughts on “Drought conditions now affecting 60 percent of the country.

  1. Not to question Global Warming per se (yes, science is pretty much concluded on the topic, let’s move along), but …

    Much of the change in climate has been detected over the last 30 years, though there’s change taking place since the 1900s.  Still, if we’re churning out the majority of the greenhouse gasses in the last 3-4 decades, then why point to a drought *now* as indicative of GW effects that’s still not as bad as two droughts only a decade or two apart *before* that key period that were *worse*?

  2. Actually I don’t think the news item is claiming it’s global warming, I admit the link is entirely my own and not really anything I can back up. I suppose it’s possible it could be part of a natural cycle, but damn if it doesn’t make me worry more about global warming.

  3. Maybe God isn’t happy with the South Dakota legislature for endangering women’s lives with their anti-abortion laws.

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