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Title: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on July 19, 2012, 02:11:11 pm
http://www.weather.com/news/drought-disaster-new-data-20120715?fb_ref=local-fb-activity

(http://i.imwx.com/images/maps/truvu/map_specnews29_ltst_4namus_enus_650x366.jpg)
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on July 19, 2012, 05:13:33 pm
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

(http://www.mygen.com/images/Drought_2012_07_17.jpg)

National Drought Summary -- July 17, 2012

Weather Summary:   A strong upper-level ridge of high pressure dominated the nation’s weather this U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) week, bringing well above-normal temperatures to the central and northern tier states.  Clouds with scattered showers and thunderstorms along a stalled cool front kept temperatures below-normal in the southern states.  But even then, maximum temperatures were 90 degrees F or warmer across much of the country, with maximums exceeding 100 from South Dakota to Kansas.  Philip, South Dakota, reached 109 degrees on July 15.  Beneficial rain fell from southern Texas to the southern Appalachians along the front.  Excessive rainfall occurred over southeast Texas where amounts totaled 10 inches or more in places, but elsewhere rainfall amounts were generally localized with limited relief.  Monsoon showers and thunderstorms brought above-normal rain to parts of the West, but the rain had little impact on deficits which have accumulated over several months.  Weak fronts triggered localized showers and thunderstorms along the northern tier states.  In between, hot and dry weather dominated from the central Plains to Ohio Valley, Great Lakes, and Northeast.

Another week of hot and dry weather continued the deterioration of crop conditions in America’s breadbasket. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports for the week ending July 15 indicated that 38 percent of the nation’s corn crop was in poor to very poor condition, compared to 30 percent a week ago, and 30 percent of soybeans were in poor to very poor condition (compared to 27 percent last week). 

Fifty-four percent of the nation’s pasture and rangeland was in poor to very poor condition, which is a jump of 4 percent compared to last week and is an all-time high for the 1995-2012 growing season weekly history.  About two dozen large wildfires, mostly in the West, were burning on July 17, about half the number compared to a week ago. 

Streamflows were in the lower tenth percentile of record, or at record low values at several time scales, across much of the Midwest and parts of the central Plains, West, Southeast, and even parts of New England.  As a result, the impacts boundaries were shifted to reflect short-term and long-term drought conditions from the west coast to Ohio Valley and Southeast, with short-term conditions indicated in the northern tier states and from eastern Tennessee to New England.  Long-term impacts were indicated for parts of the Southwest and central Gulf of Mexico states.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/17/us-drought-2012-photos-pictures_n_1678039.html
U.S. Drought 2012: Photos Show Destruction Across The Midwest
AP  |  By The Associated Press Posted: 07/16/2012 7:
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on July 19, 2012, 05:18:12 pm
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/16/us-drought-2012-widest-since-1956_n_1676936.html
U.S. Drought 2012: Current Drought Covers Widest Area Since 1956, According To New Data
By JIM SUHR and STEVE KARNOWSKI 07/16/12 11:35 PM ET AP


WALTONVILLE, Ill. — The nation's widest drought in decades is spreading, with more than half of the continental United States now in some stage of drought and most of the rest enduring abnormally dry conditions.

Only in the 1930s and the 1950s has a drought covered more land, according to federal figures released Monday. So far, there's little risk of a Dust Bowl-type catastrophe, but crop losses could mount if rain doesn't come soon.

In its monthly drought report, the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., announced that 55 percent of the country was in a moderate to extreme drought at the end of June. The parched conditions expanded last month in the West, the Great Plains and the Midwest, fueled by the 14th warmest and 10th driest June on record, the report said.

Topsoil has turned dry while "crops, pastures and rangeland have deteriorated at a rate rarely seen in the last 18 years," the report said.

The percentage of affected land is the largest since December 1956, when 58 percent of the country was covered by drought, and it rivals even some years in the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s, though experts point out that this year's weather has been milder than that period, and farming practices have been vastly improved since then.
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Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on July 20, 2012, 02:23:22 pm
http://www.cnbc.com/id/48260824


Extreme Heat, Drought to Bake Crops Through August

Midday weather updates indicate extreme heat and drought conditions were set to continue baking already scorched corn and soybean crops in America's breadbasket through early August.



"It's the same old general theme, dry in the southwest Corn Belt and some showers in the north and east," said Drew Lerner, meteorologist for World Weather.

The most expansive drought in over a half century was drying up waterways and beginning to slow down river shipments of commodities to U.S. Gulf export ports and was leading to fresh cuts in estimates for this year's corn production.

Further damage is expected to corn and soybean crops that already have been nearly decimated in some Midwest areas, an agricultural meteorologist said on Friday.

"It will be dry and very hot in the area with temperatures in the 100s (degrees Fahrenheit) in St. Louis Sunday through Thursday, reaching 106 F on Wednesday," said Don Keeney, meteorologist for MDA EarthSat Weather. The same scenario is expected for much of the central and western Midwest.

Beginning in the eastern and southern Midwest, the drought has spread to the central and western areas of the region, including the top two corn producing states, Iowa and Illinois.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on July 20, 2012, 03:17:58 pm
Drought to be used as a Fascist weapon to force out competitors of NWO Walmart....

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/safeways-profit-falls-16-percent-higher-costs-16810805
Safeway Profit Drops Amid Growing Competition
By CANDICE CHOI AP Food Industry Writer
NEW YORK July 19, 2012 (AP

Safeway Inc. said Thursday that its net income fell 16 percent in the second quarter, as the grocery store operator spent more on advertising and rolled out a new loyalty program to stave off growing competition.
 
The Pleasanton, Calif.-based company says expenses related to the program's launch — along with its repurchase of company stock — offset a modest bump in sales and market share. Going forward, Safeway is betting that the "just for U" program, which offers personalized deals based on past purchases, will help build customer loyalty.
 
In a conference call with investors, CEO Steve Burd noted that the program will also let Safeway more nimbly fend off competitors by tracking customer buying patterns.
...
Making matters worse, supermarkets are facing rising costs to keep their shelves stocked as a result of higher prices for corn, fuel and other commodities. But they're afraid to pass on those costs, lest customers decide to shop elsewhere.

Instead, Safeway and other grocers are looking to control costs by expanding and improving the image of their store-label products. Unique, higher-quality store-brand products also help boost loyalty.

....
The company spent $240.4 million during the quarter to repurchase 11.6 million of its shares.
 
Total sales for the period rose 2 percent to $10.39 billion, which also topped Wall Street expectations. Sales from stores open at least a year edged up 0.8 percent, when excluding fuel costs. The metric is a key gauge of health, because it strips out the impact of newly opened and closed stores.
 
For the year, the company expects to spend about $900 million on capital expenditures, such as the opening about 10 new Lifestyle stores and the remodeling of another 10. Safeway stood by its full-year guidance of $1.90 to $2.10 per share.
 
Safeway operates about 1,700 stores in North America under names including Vons in Southern California and Nevada and Randalls in Texas.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on July 20, 2012, 03:21:40 pm
  We have Safeways and Albertsons around here in Montana.  They tend to be the highest cost
 grocers here.

  For instance, I went in the other day to Safeway---$1.69 a pound for California Valencia Oranges.

  Another store sold me 5 lbs of valencia oranges for $3.69 for the entire bag---around 74 cents a pound.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: Brocke on July 20, 2012, 03:40:19 pm

from larsonstdoc's other thread on the same subject
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=233863.0


Of course the Global Warming acolytes will cry that we have brought this on ourselves and are being punished by Gaia.

A closer look at long term historical and paleoclimatic records show us that for thousands of years the continental United States has regularly experienced periods of drought.

I live in Australia and over the last 3 years we suffered a substantial drought. The climate fanatics pulled their hair and wrung their hands. During this drought water restrictions were enacted and legislated to the point where there are many regions that now have PERMANENT water restrictions! The drought broke last year and we are now experiencing record rains, floods and land slides. Yet the water restrictions remain in place.

Water will be the CO2 of the near future. Controlled and commodified and traded to "protect" us. Once again a natural resource, that every human being shoud have a natural right to, will be restricted.




The impact of droughts over the last few decades have shown that some regions and sectors of the population are becoming increasingly vulnerable to drought. Compounding these vulnerabilities is the uncertainty of the effects of human activities and global warming on climate in general and on drought in particular. A number of climate model simulations for doubled CO2 conditions suggest an increased frequency of drought in midcontinental regions (e.g. Gregory et al, 1997 , Mearns et al, 2000) whereas other model simulations and recent decadal trends in the instrumental record suggest wetter conditions, at least in the short term, due to an intensification of the hydrologic cycle associated with warmer sea surface temperatures. Better constrained answers to the question of the severity of future droughts requires improved understanding and modeling of the processes underlying the drought behavior exhibited in both the instrumental and the paleoclimate records.


(http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/drought/images/temporal_spatial.jpg)

The graphic [above] illustrates four regional droughts. Each graph shows the variations in the instrumental Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) from 1895-1995 for each of the four regions; northern California, eastern New York, northwestern Texas, and north-central Nebraska (graphs are based on a grid point within each region). The accompanying maps show the spatial pattern of drought for key drought years.

Each drought in the 20th century has a unique signature. The timing and evolution of droughts, and the areas impacted are variable, making it difficult to understand just what causes drought onset and persistence. Although the central High Plains appears to be the region most often affected by the most persistent droughts, the southern Plains, and parts of Texas in particular, appear to suffer from the highest frequency of drought. However, evidence from the instrumental record indicates that drought can affect any region of the U.S.

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/drought/drght_temporal.html

1934 - 1940
The Dust Bowl drought was a natural disaster that severely affected much of the United States during the 1930s. The drought came in three waves, 1934, 1936, and 1939-40, but some regions of the High Plains experienced drought conditions for as many as eight years. The "dust bowl" effect was caused by sustained drought conditions compounded by years of landPhotos from Library of Congress and U.S. National Archives management practices that left topsoil susceptible to the forces of the wind. The soil, depleted of moisture, was lifted by the wind into great clouds of dust and sand which were so thick they concealed the sun for several days at a time. They were referred to as" black blizzards".


1950 - 1957
During the 1950s, the Great Plains and the southwestern U.S. withstood a five-year drought, and in three of these years, drought conditions stretched coast to coast. The drought was first felt in the southwestern U.S. in 1950 and spread to Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska by 1953. By 1954, the drought encompassed a ten-state area reaching from the mid-west to the Great Plains, and southward into New Mexico. The area from the Texas panhandle to central and eastern Colorado, western Kansas and central Nebraska experienced severe drought conditions. The drought maintained a stronghold in the Great Plains, reaching a peak in 1956. The drought subsided in most areas with the spring rains of 1957.


1987 - 1989
The three-year drought of the late 1980s (1987-1989) covered 36% of the United States at its peak. Compared to the Dust Bowl drought, which covered 70% during its worst year, this does not seem significant. However, the 1980s drought was not only the costliest in U.S. history, but also the most expensive natural disaster of any kind to affect the U.S.


(http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/drought/images/16thchron.jpg)

The Last 500 Years
A gridded network of tree-ring reconstructions of Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) for the last 300 years has been used to create a set of maps of the spatial pattern of PDSI for each year, back to AD 1700. This set of maps enables an assessment of the droughts of the 20th century compared to droughts for the past 300 years. An inspection of the maps shows that droughts similar to the 1950s, in terms of duration and spatial extent, occurred once or twice a century for the past three centuries (for example, during the 1860s, 1820s, 1730s). However, there has not been another drought as extensive and prolonged as the 1930s drought in the past 300 years.

Longer records show strong evidence for a drought that appears to have been more severe in some areas of central North America than anything we have experienced in the 20th century, including the 1930s drought. Tree-ring records from around North America document episodes of severe drought during the last half of the 16th century. Drought is reconstructed as far east as Jamestown, Virginia, where tree rings reflect several extended periods of drought that coincided with the disappearance of the Roanoke Colonists, and difficult times for the Jamestown colony. These droughts were extremely severe and lasted for three to six years, a long time for such severe drought conditions to persist in this region of North America.

Coincident droughts, or the same droughts, are apparent in tree-ring records from Mexico to British Columbia, and from California to the East Coast (See examples in the graph to the right). Winter and spring drought conditions appear to have been particularly severe in the Southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico, where this drought appears to have lasted several decades. In other areas, drought conditions were milder, suggesting drought impacts may have been tempered by seasonal variations.

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/drought/drght_500years.html


Possible Role of Climate in the Collapse of the Classic Maya Civilization
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/drought/drght_mayan.html
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on August 02, 2012, 03:12:25 pm
(http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/drmon.gif)
Current U.S. Drought Monitor (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/)

http://news.yahoo.com/half-us-counties-now-considered-disaster-areas-210826921.html
Half of US counties now considered disaster areas
By JIM SUHR | Associated Press – 17 hrs ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nearly 220 counties in a dozen drought-stricken states were added Wednesday to the U.S. government's list of natural disaster areas as the nation's agriculture chief unveiled new help for frustrated, cash-strapped farmers and ranchers grappling with extreme dryness and heat.
 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's addition of the 218 counties means that more than half of all U.S. counties — 1,584 in 32 states — have been designated primary disaster areas this growing season, the vast majority of them mired in a drought that's considered the worst in decades.
...

Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on August 04, 2012, 01:11:29 pm
http://www.omaha.com/article/20120804/MONEY/708049913/1707#how-this-summer-s-drought-will-affect-your-wallet-for-the-next-year



How this summer's drought will affect your wallet for the next year
By Steve Jordon
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

The Drought of 2012 will have wide-ranging consequences, from the prices at your local bakery now to the meat you buy for grilling next summer, says the economist in charge of the Omaha branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Mo.

Jason Henderson's new analysis of the rural economy focuses on the drought, which he says “will be forever engraved into the annals of agricultural history.” Some excerpts of Friday's report:

How bad is it?

With 1,300 counties called disaster areas, two-thirds of U.S. corn, soybean and livestock production is sweltering in drought conditions. Predictions this spring of a bumper crop have shriveled to a 12 percent decline for corn and an 8 percent drop for soybeans. Estimates are steadily falling.

Will farmers lose?

Surprisingly, overall U.S. crop income could match last year's record because surviving crops will bring high prices.

Farmers who lose crops to the drought could collect as much as $300 per acre from crop insurance, and most farmers bought at least some insurance. But many farmers will have big losses; high grain prices don't help if you have nothing to harvest.

What about food prices?

Counting all types of food, prices could rise an average of 4 percent. Cereals and bakery products will cost more because corn prices already are up 40 percent, and milk commodity prices are up 17 percent. (Heat stress reduces milk production.)

Supermarket prices for beef and pork are falling as farmers sell off herds rather than buy expensive grain for feed or rely on dried-up pastures. The glut of animals headed for slaughter has cut prices paid for cattle by 12 percent.

Because of sustained high temperatures, consumers are buying less meat to cook outdoors, pushing down prices for beef and pork and cutting meatpackers' profits.

Next year, however, meat prices likely will climb by 8 percent or more because there will be fewer cattle and hogs.

What will consumers do?

As beef and pork prices rise, they buy more hamburger and less steak, choose cheaper restaurants, order lower-priced items from the menu, skip dessert and, if high prices persist, cut back other spending as well. The price crunch will hurt low-income families the most because they spend a larger share of income on food.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: DesertEagle602 on August 04, 2012, 03:58:40 pm
(http://www.omni.to/upload/illuminati-cards/assassins/drought.jpg)  :o
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on August 07, 2012, 05:31:35 pm
http://money.cnn.com/2012/08/06/news/economy/ethanol-drought/index.htm?iid=HP_LN


Calls to scrap ethanol mandate intensify with drought

High corn prices sparked by the drought are leading to renewed calls for an end to the ethanol mandate.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The drought that's killing crops across the Midwest and sending corn prices to record highs has revived calls to end or ease the government's requirement that corn-based ethanol be blended with gasoline.
Current rules stipulate that nearly 10% of the nation's gasoline supply come from corn-based ethanol. To make that ethanol, up to 40% of the country's annual corn production can be required.

With corn prices surging -- they're up 50% in the last six weeks alone -- many say waiving the mandate would help bring those prices down. They say lower corn prices would also help lower prices for certain foods that depend on the crop, like cereal and meat.
"The impact this is having on the animal protein industry and at the dinner table is profound," Arkansas Republican Congressman Steve Womack said in a statement last week. "If something isn't done -- and done fast -- food prices will soar."
Womack and 150 other lawmakers from both parties sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson last week asking her to ease the ethanol mandate.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on August 07, 2012, 05:59:59 pm
http://www.thetrumpet.com/9694.8597.0.0/world/environment/the-mighty-mississippi-to-run-dry


The Mighty Mississippi to Run Dry?
August 7, 2012 | From theTrumpet.com
If the world’s largest navigable river system goes dry, the economic consequences will be felt around the world.
 
 
ROBERT MORLEY
What is the single greatest reason America is so wealthy? According to the analysts at Stratfor, it is because of a river.

They have to be joking, right?

What about America’s vast gold resources? What about its mountains of coal? America is the world’s third-largest oil producer—surely that is why. Then there is America’s temperate climate and fertile soils that traditionally make it the world’s breadbasket. And don’t forget America’s human capital, Yankee ingenuity, and Protestant work ethic. Surely these factors are cumulatively more important than a river.

Not according to one of America’s premier think tanks. Many countries have large natural resources and hospitable climates, but don’t even come close to having America’s wealth. What sets America apart from the rest of the world is the Mississippi River basin. It is what makes exploiting America’s resources economically possible.

But now, due to the worst drought since the 1950s, the Mississippi may be about to go dry.

In Memphis and Vicksburg, the shrinking river is obvious: slower river, exposed river banks, and more sandbars. The water is down more than 13 and 20 feet in each city respectively. The Mississippi on average is about 13 feet below normal—and a whopping 55 feet below where it was at this time last year. On some stretches, the water level is perilously low. On July 17 it was reported that a 100-mile stretch of the Platte River in Nebraska, had dried up.


In fact, water levels are now so low that barge operators are no longer able to operate at full capacity and have to shed both weight and number of towed barges.

For each one-inch loss of water, the standard barge must unload 17 tons of cargo—that is a loss of 204 tons, per barge, for every one-foot loss. A typical tow on the upper Mississippi river may have 15 barges. A one-foot loss of water translates into a loss of 3,000 tons of capacity. Tows on the lower Mississippi River may have up to 45 barges, resulting in a loss of capacity of over 9,000 tons. Tom Allegretti, president of the American Waterways Operators, reports that it would take 130 semitrucks or 570 rail cars to haul the freight unloaded by one large barge grouping under those conditions—almost 600 rail cars just to make up for the loss of one string of barges! There are thousands and thousands of barge strings that ply the Mississippi each year. The shutdown of the Mississippi would be an absolute catastrophe!

Already, the cost to ship bulk goods is rising. As the weight that can be put on barges shrinks, the cost per unit weight is rising. And that translates into higher costs on the consumers’ end. Products that are already only marginally profitable may not be economic at these higher transport costs.

The last time the Mississippi shut down due to low water was in 1988. Then just a small section of the river became unnavigable—but it cost the shipping industry $1 billion.


Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on August 07, 2012, 06:08:36 pm
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/dead-crops-extreme-drought-and-endless-wildfires-are-now-the-new-normal-in-america

(http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/dead-crops-extreme-drought-and-endless-wildfires-are-now-the-new-normal-in-america/pict-20120612-151635-0)

Dead Crops, Extreme Drought And Endless Wildfires Are Now The New Normal In America


As you read this, the United States is experiencing the worst drought it has seen since the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s.  As you read this, nearly half of all corn crops in the United States are in "poor" or "very poor" condition.  As you read this, 38 major wildfires are ripping across the central and western United States.  The brutal wildfires in Oklahoma have been so bad that they have made national headlines.  The price of corn has hit a brand new record high this summer and so has the price of soybeans.  More than half of all the counties in this country have been declared to be "natural disaster areas" by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at this point.  Things are so bad for ranchers that the CEO of Smithfield Foods is projecting that meat prices will rise by "significant double digits" in the months ahead.  Sadly, this drought is projected to continue throughout August and into September.  As you will read about below, some meteorologists are even openly postulating that there may not be enough moisture to avoid another drought next year.  Yes, things are really bad this year, but when you step back and take a look at the broader picture they become truly frightening.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of July 31st close to two-thirds of the continental United States was experiencing at least some level of drought....


(http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/U.S.-Drought-Monitor-July-31-440x325.png)

Keep in mind that brown is "severe drought", red is "extreme drought" and dark brown in "exceptional drought".

This is truly a historic drought.  We have never seen anything like this in modern times in the United States.

The week before, this is how the U.S. Drought Monitor described conditions in the center of the country....

"Over 90 percent of the topsoil was short or very short of moisture in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, with virtually all (99 percent) short or very short in Missouri and Illinois"

There had been some hope that rain would bring relief to farmers in the central part of the country, but instead things just keep getting worse and worse.

At this point, close to half of all corn being grown in the U.S. is either in "poor" or "very poor" condition.

For ranchers, the outlook is even more dismal.  The following is from a recent CNN article....

Nearly three-quarters of the nation's cattle acreage is now inside a drought-stricken area, as is about two-thirds of the country's hay acreage, the agency reported.

What that means is that a lot of animals are being slaughtered now and the price of meat is going to be moving substantially higher later in the year.

The following is what the CEO of Smithfield Foods, Larry Pope, recently told the Financial Times....

Beef is simply going to be too expensive to eat. Pork is not going to be too far behind. Chicken is catching up fast. Are we really going to take protein away from Americans?

He also told the Financial Times that he expects meat prices to rise by "significant double digits".

Those are very frightening statements.

The CEO of a major food company says that beef is going to "be too expensive to eat"?

That doesn't sound good at all.

Meanwhile, this drought is absolutely devastating farmers and ranchers all over the United States....

"When I was a kid in the '50s ... it got real dry, but nothing like this," said Marvin Helms, a 70-year-old farmer and rancher in central Arkansas who was compelled to sell his beef cattle after being short on feed.

His thousand acres of farmland near Arkadelphia include corn and soybeans, which Helms says is normally sufficient to sustain his family and provide for his cattle.

"We've got some insurance on the crops, but it's not enough," he said. "It will help, but it won't pay the bills."

Of course the federal government is going to step in and try to help these farmers and ranchers, but the truth is that the federal government is already drowning in debt.  Any additional help will have to be done with more borrowed money.

It is hard to describe how oppressive the heat and the drought have been in the middle part of the nation this year.  We have seen some unprecedented things happen.

Another major problem throughout the central part of the country right now is all of the horrible wildfires that are ravaging the wilderness areas.  The following is from a recent Chicago Tribune article about the recent fires in Oklahoma....

Wildfires burned out of control on Friday in Oklahoma, destroying homes and shutting down highways in a state that has suffered 18 straight days of 100-plus degree temperatures and persistent drought.

Emergency officials counted 11 different wildfires around the state, with at least 65 homes destroyed in parched areas north and south of Oklahoma City and south of Tulsa.

Oklahoma joins several states that have been plagued by wildfires this summer, including Colorado, Arkansas and Nebraska. Fires are being fed by a widespread drought.

But these fires in Oklahoma are only part of a very distressing long-term trend.  As I have written about previously, 6 of the 10 worst years for wildfires ever recorded in the United States have all come since the year 2000.

Another major change that we have seen is that massive dust storms called "haboobs" are becoming much more frequent in the southwest part of the country.

Just the other day, a dust storm that was approximately 2,000 feet high and nearly 100 kilometers wide ripped through the city of Phoenix, Arizona at 35 miles an hour.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on August 08, 2012, 01:09:13 pm
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/climate/story/2012-08-08/hottest-july-us-history/56873854/1



                                 July was hottest month in U.S. history
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: Brocke on August 08, 2012, 02:38:31 pm
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/climate/story/2012-08-08/hottest-july-us-history/56873854/1
 July was hottest month in U.S. history

USATODAY? Really?

Recap of record-breaking heat this past July in the U.S. Possible new heat record for Asia observed

Although the final ranking of this past July will not be released by the NCDC until around August 7th, it would appear that the month will almost certainly rank in the top five warmest July’s on record since official records began in 1895 (and perhaps even in the top three). Here is a summary of some of the more notable records set so far this summer. In addition, I have included a brief message concerning a potential new heat record for the continent of Asia.

Warmest Single Month on Record (any month)

Preliminary data from the NCDC reports that 4,313 record daily highs, 293 monthly record highs, and 171 all-time record highs were observed this past July (among the approximately 5,500 various official weather sites across the nation). Many of these sites, however, have limited periods of record that do not extend back to the 1930s when the country’s greatest heat waves occurred.

The WU extremes U.S. database follows 298 significant sites in the country, all of which have long periods of record (almost all back to the 19th century) and represent a mosaic of evenly spaced geographic locations representing all the climate zones in the country. About 90% of the country’s population resides within a 50-mile radius of one of these sites. From this list the following cities recorded their single-warmest month on record:

(http://icons.wxug.com/hurricane/chrisburt/warmmonth.jpg)

The following cities from the WU extremes database have broken or tied their all-time absolute maximum temperatures on record (including this past June):

(http://icons.wxug.com/hurricane/chrisburt/2012abs.jpg)

Comparing this July to July of 2011

Perhaps what is truly astonishing is that this July (2012) piggybacks upon the equally torrid summer (and July) of 2011. Although, back-to-back record-breaking hot summers are not unheard of (summers in the 1930s and 1950s come to mind) it is nevertheless disconcerting.

Here is a comparison of extremes reached in July 2012 versus July 2011. Also, to put this in context, is a comparison to July of 1936, still almost certainly the hottest July (and single month) in U.S. records. Again this list includes only the 298 cities in the WU database:

(http://icons.wxug.com/hurricane/chrisburt/compare.jpg)

This table shows the number of cities (out of 298 in all) that recorded their respective single-warmest month on record and absolute maximum temperature on record for the June-July month timeframes in 2012, 2011, and 1936.

http://www.wunderground.com/blog/weatherhistorian/article.html
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: Brocke on August 08, 2012, 03:00:10 pm
The Great Heat Wave of 1936; Hottest Summer in U.S. on Record

http://www.wunderground.com/blog/weatherhistorian/comment.html?entrynum=33

As the eastern two-thirds of the United States continues to swelter under some of the hottest temperatures seen in recent years I thought it opportune to look back at the nation’s worst heat wave and hottest summer in history, that of 1936.

1936; A Year of Extremes

The climatological summer (June-August) of 1936 was the warmest nationwide on record (since 1895) with an average temperature of 74.6° (2nd warmest summer was that of 2006 with an average of 74.4°) and July of 1936 was the single warmest month ever measured with an average of 77.4° (beating out July 2006 by .1°). Ironically, February of 1936 was the coldest such on record with an average nationwide temperature of 26.0° (single coldest month on record was January 1977 with a 23.6° average). In February of 1936 temperatures fell as low as -60° in North Dakota, an all-time state record and Turtle Lake, North Dakota averaged -19.4° for the entire month, the coldest average monthly temperature ever recorded in the United States outside of Alaska. One town in North Dakota, Langdon, went for 41 consecutive days below zero (from January 11 to February 20), the longest stretch of below zero (including maximum temperatures) ever endured at any site in the lower 48.

With this in mind, it is truly astonishing what occurred the following summer. The temperature in North Dakota that had reached -60° on February 15 at Parshall rose to 121° at Steele by July 6, 1936. The two towns are just 110 miles from one another!

The Great Heat Wave

JUNE 1936

June of 1936 saw unusual heat build initially in two nodes, one centered over the Southeast and another over the Rocky Mountains and western Plains. This differs from the current heat wave that began mostly over Texas and the Deep South.

By the end of June 1936 all-time state monthly records for heat had been established in

Arkansas (113° at Corning on June 20th, 1936)
Indiana (111° at Seymore on June 29th, 1936)
Kentucky (110° at St. John on June 29th, 1936)
Louisiana (110° at Dodson on June 20th, 1936)
Mississippi (111° at Greenwood on June 20th, 1936)
Missouri (112° at Doniphan on June 20th, 1936)
Nebraska (114° at Franklin on June 26th, 1936)
South Dakota (120° at Gann Valley on July 5th, 1936)
Tennessee (110° at Etowah on June 29th, 1936).

A total of 8 states and all these monthly records are still standing.

JULY 1936

By July the dome of heat locked in place over the central and northern Great Plains and remained there for the entire month.
Around July 8-10 the ridge briefly extended all the way to the East Coast when virtually every absolute maximum temperature record was broken from Virginia to New York. This held true for most sites in the Ohio Valley, Upper Midwest, and Great Plains as well. There are so many superlatives that it is impossible to list them all. In short the following states broke or tied their all-time maximum temperatures that July:

(http://icons.wxug.com/hurricane/chrisburt/Julystate.jpg)

Add to the above list a 120° reading at Gann Valley, South Dakota on July 5th. Unfortunately I am unable to update the table with this record since it would involve rewriting and posting the table (not an easy task!). Sorry for the omission!

Some of the many major cities to record their all-time maximum temperatures during July 1936 included:

(http://icons.wxug.com/hurricane/chrisburt/julycity.jpg)

On July 15th the average high temperature for all 113 weather stations in Iowa measured 108.7°. Similar to the current heat wave the nighttime low temperatures were also remarkably warm. Bismarck recorded a low of just 83° on July 11th. Milwaukee, Wisconsin endured five consecutive nights above 80° from July 8-13. Even near the normally cool shores of Lake Erie amazing temperatures were recorded such as the low of 85° and high of 110° at Corry, Pennsylvania on July 14th. And most amazing of all was the low of 91° at Lincoln, Nebraska on the night of July 24-25th warming to an all-time record of 115° on the 25th.
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Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on August 09, 2012, 11:34:27 am
What I really find interesting about this is the direct comparison to the 1930's depression and dust bowl drought.

In 1930 a drought began which coincided with the depression. It continued for ten years and did not abate until 1940 (the end of the depression and beginning of WWII.

Now here we are in a depression for years which they call a recession, like children take recess at school,  and a building drought has finally broken thru. Back in 2008 there were predictions of a major wheat crop failure that never materialized.

The parallels are hard to deny.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on August 09, 2012, 01:53:40 pm
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-08-09/corn-soybeans-surge-on-declining-u-dot-s-dot-crops-wheat-gains
Corn Leads U.S. Crop Surge as Drought Seen Eroding Grain Output
By Jeff Wilson and Whitney McFerron on August 09, 2012

Corn surged to a record, leading rallies in soybeans and wheat, on mounting signs that the worst U.S. drought since 1956 will erode production from farmers that are the world’s largest exporters of the crops.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in a report tomorrow, probably will cut its domestic corn-crop forecast to 10.929 billion bushels, the smallest in six years, according to the average estimate of 29 analysts in a Bloomberg survey. That would be down 16 percent from a July forecast, the biggest August reduction since 1974. The estimate for soybeans may drop 8.3 percent to 2.796 billion bushels, the smallest since 2007.
...
Corn prices through yesterday were up 61 percent since mid- June and soybeans rallied 20 percent, while the government rated the condition of the U.S. crop on Aug. 3 as the worst since 1988. Output threats are being compounded by dry weather in Russia and below-average monsoon rains in India. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is among the banks forecasting prices will keep rising, and the United Nations reported today the biggest gain in global food costs since 2009.

“This year’s crops are a disaster,” Dale Schultz, the buyer-relations manager for AgWest Commodities LLC in Holdrege, Nebraska, said in a telephone interview. “We have to raise prices and reduce demand immediately to prevent a real shortage developing in January or February. There is so much competition for every bushel of grain this year.”
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on August 09, 2012, 03:39:25 pm
http://www.smh.com.au/business/world-business/global-food-stockpiles-to-shrink-as-droughts-bite-20120809-23vh9.html
Global food stockpiles to shrink as droughts bite
 Date August 9, 2012 - 9:38AM

Stockpiles of the biggest crops will decline for a third year as drought parches fields across three continents, raising food-import costs already forecast by the United Nations to reach a near-record $USUS1.24 trillion ($US1.18 trillion).
 
Combined inventories of corn, wheat, soybeans and rice will drop 1.8 per cent to a four-year low before harvests in 2013, the US Department of Agriculture estimates. Crops in the US, the biggest exporter, are in the worst condition since 1988, heat waves are battering European crops and India's monsoon rainfall already is 20 per cent below normal. The International Grains Council began July by forecasting record harvests. It ended with a prediction for a 2 per cent drop in output.
 
The speed of the destruction drove corn and soybean prices to records last month and wheat to a four-year high. For investors, crops are the best-performing commodities this year, and Goldman Sachs, Macquarie Group and Credit Suisse say the trend will continue. The UN expects food costs to rise, less than two years after record prices pushed 44 million people into extreme poverty and contributed to uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East.
 
“People thought we were going to be swimming in corn by the end of the year,” said Kelly Wiesbrock, who helps manage $US1.3 billion of assets for Harvest Capital Strategies, a San Francisco-based hedge fund. “Then the month of June hit and into July, and it's just been a train wreck.”
...
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: John_Back_From_The_Club_O on August 09, 2012, 04:57:04 pm
Monsanto To The Rescue!!!!!
(http://assets.mediaspanonline.com/prod/7516601/MP-Monsanto-drought-corn_w500.jpg)
Monsanto drought tolerant crops. Yummmmmmmmm.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on August 10, 2012, 09:00:54 am
http://www.omaha.com/article/20120810/NEWS/120819988/1707#corn-soybean-crops-clobbered-by-drought


Corn, soybean crops clobbered by drought

LINCOLN –– A Friday report from the USDA put into writing what most Nebraskans and Iowans can see while driving down country roads:

This year's corn and soybean crops have been clobbered by heat and lack of rain.

The Agriculture Department's Crop Production Report said the U.S. corn crop would be 13 percent smaller than the amount harvested in 2011, the smallest crop since 2006. The soybean crop would be 12 percent lower than last year and the smallest crop since 2003.

The report predicts that Iowa will harvest 1.9 billion bushels of corn, an 18 percent decline from 2011, and Nebraska will harvest 1.3 billion bushels, a 13 percent smaller crop than 2011.

Both states fared better than eastern Corn Belt states, however. Indiana's crop is expected to be 28 percent smaller than last year and Illinois' forecast is for a 25 percent smaller crop. The magnitude of the loss is intensified because farmers planted more acres to corn this year and, at the start of the season, forecasters had predicted a possible record crop.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: pac522 on August 10, 2012, 09:46:00 am
While in Louisiana our rain fall has been above or at average because of the drought in the rest of the country the Mississippi is "running backwards". The Gulf of Mexico is intruding up the mouth of the River and in Plaquimines parish, where the River dumps in to the Gulf they have been forced to shut off the water system, that extracts water from the river to give it to the residents because of salinity and have had to pipe in water from two neighboring parishes.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on August 13, 2012, 05:44:07 pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2186936/U-S--drought-Food-prices-set-soar-corn-farmers-abandon-fields-size-Belgium-Luxembourg.html#ixzz23Oueko15


Food prices set to soar as worst U.S. drought for half a century forces corn farmers to abandon fields the size of Belgium and Luxembourg


(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/08/01/article-2182110-1438578B000005DC-906_636x417.jpg)
 
Food prices are expected to surge after the worst drought in the U.S. for half a century destroyed one-sixth of the country's expected corn crop over the past month.

The hottest July in U.S. history has caused irreparable damage to crops, forcing corn farmers to abandon fields greater in area than Belgium and Luxembourg.

Soybeans, which are used for animal feed and to make vegetable oil, have also been affected, with this harvest likely to be the worst for five years.


Damaged: The worst drought for half a century in the U.S. has destroyed one-sixth of the country's expected corn crop

The crisis has prompted the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to forecast record-breaking price rises, and some of the world's largest food manufacturers, including Kraft, Tyson and Nestle, have already indicated that they will pass on the increase to consumers.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on August 18, 2012, 08:03:22 am
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22191-us-drought-could-spur-civil-unrest-around-the-world.html



US drought could spur civil unrest around the world


As prices rise, tempers fray. The US drought has pushed up global food prices and is likely to continue to do so. Some say riots and unrest may follow.

According to the Climate Prediction Center, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, El Niño conditions are likely to develop over the Pacific in August or September, which should affect global weather before the end of the year. This may drive food prices up further if it causes floods or further drought.

US farms are already crippled: the Department of Agriculture says the corn (maize) crop is likely to be the worst since 1995. As a result, the Food Price Index (FPI) of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization rose 6 per cent in July, to 213.
Title: Summarizing America's Record Drought In One Picture
Post by: Letsbereal on August 18, 2012, 09:43:38 am
Summarizing America's Record Drought In One Picture
15 August 2012
, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/summarizing-americas-record-drought-one-picture

(http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2012/08/USDA%20drought.jpg)
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on August 18, 2012, 11:47:57 am
This worldwide drought will create millions of deaths due to starvation. It's a sad situation.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on August 18, 2012, 09:18:36 pm
http://www.waff.com/story/19292906/low-levels-on-the-mississippi-threatening-cargo-business-drinking-water


  Low levels on the Mississippi threatening cargo business, drinking water



  Boats are having a tough time making it down the "Mighty Mississippi," as the river's water levels drop to historic lows.

It's bad for business, since the river is one of the country's most important waterways for shipping cargo.

Right now, sending goods down the river is moving at a snail's pace. The low water levels are causing many boats to get stuck, even in the middle of the river. It's forcing some barges to stop travel all together and others to significantly reduce their weight.

Even the famous "American Queen" steamboat can't make it down the river. Just a few days ago it got stuck near Memphis, forcing all 300 passengers off the boat.

With less boats and less goods making it down the river, it's driving up the cost of shipping and creating longer waits for products at grocery stores across the country.

Some say the river could be on the brink of closing down. If it does, that would cost the U.S. about $300 million a day.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: Geolibertarian on August 18, 2012, 09:35:27 pm
Quote
2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl

And according to the man-made global warming cult (http://www.climategate.com/100-reasons-why-anthropogenic-global-warming-a-cult), plant food (http://www.populartechnology.net/2008/11/carbon-dioxide-co2-is-not-pollution.html) (aka C02) is the cause of all this. And since plant food is the cause, only a global tax on plant food can possibly save us.

Sounds logical at first (at least to those who don't know any better), except there's one little problem with this widely worshiped yet rarely questioned theory: U.S. carbon emissions are at a 20-year low:

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/16/us-carbon-dioxide-emissions-2012_n_1792167.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/16/us-carbon-dioxide-emissions-2012_n_1792167.html)

U.S. Carbon Emissions: 2012 Levels At 20 Year Low

By KEVIN BEGOS
TheHuffingtonPost.com
August 16, 2012

PITTSBURGH — In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch from dirtier-burning coal.

Many of the world's leading climate scientists didn't see the drop coming, in large part because it happened as a result of market forces rather than direct government action against carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere.

[Continued... (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/16/us-carbon-dioxide-emissions-2012_n_1792167.html)]

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Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: donnay on August 19, 2012, 01:32:03 am
It's time for me to dust off my copy of John Steinbeck's book, Grapes of Wrath.

“The bank - the monster has to have profits all the time. It can't wait. It'll die. No, taxes go on. When the monster stops growing, it dies. It can't stay one size.”  ~John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on August 19, 2012, 11:35:54 am
related: Is The U.S. Government Stockpiling Food In Anticipation Of A Major Economic Crisis? (http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=218137.msg1369749#msg1369749)

http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/depression-driving-some-dairymen-suicide
Depression driving some dairymen to suicide
Dennis Pollock Aug. 20, 2009 10:08am

The deepest economic depression in the California dairy industry since the Great Depression has bared a subject far more compelling than the cost of feed and the price of milk

It is suicide.
...


http://www.dairyherd.com/dairy-news/latest/Calif-dairy-industry-facing-nightmare-scenario-166780416.html
Things aren't so golden for Calif. dairymen
Angela Bowman, Staff Writer   |   Updated: August 20, 2012

“People are exiting this business in droves,” Tulare County, Calif., dairy farmer and Western United Dairymen president Tom Barcellos told the Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register. “I would say catastrophic just about describes the situation.”
 
Based on newspaper reports such as these, it would appear that the current situation in California is as bad, if not worse, than anywhere else in the nation.
 
The situation is so bleak that at least one dairy cooperative has launched a crisis hotline for dairy farmers and their families, according to this article in The Fresno Bee. The hotline provides members with confidential counseling and support services to help those in the industry cope with life-altering changes. 
 
“Dairymen are getting out of the business — sending their cows to slaughter as fast as they can,” said Barcellos, owner of a dairy farm that goes back generations.
 
Riley Walter, a Fresno-area bankruptcy attorney, noted that the dramatic increase in bankruptcies among dairies is staggering. "This is just a bloodbath," he told John Lindt, publisher of the Sierra2thesea News Service, whose article appeared in the Visalia Times-Delta.


http://www.ameshistoricalsociety.org/exhibits/depression.htm
(http://www.ameshistoricalsociety.org/exhibits/events/iowa_milk_strike.jpg)
Iowa milk blockade

Since they felt nothing was accomplished in the Congress, even though several Congressmen had introduced bills for more extensive farm aid, some radical farmers in Iowa and Nebraska decided to call a farmers' strike in an attempted price-support program of their own.  Falling farm prices were to be combated by withholding farm produce. The leader of this Farm Holiday movement was Milo Reno, head of the Iowa Farmers Union and the Farm Holiday Association.  On May 3 of 1932, a convention of 3000 Iowa farmers led by Reno voted to call a strike on July 4. Their slogan: Stay at Home - Buy Nothing, Sell Nothing, and their song:

   Let's call a Farmers' Holiday
    A Holiday let's hold
    We'll eat our wheat and ham and eggs
    And let them eat their gold
.

Farm Holiday supporters built road blocks on the highways leading to the agricultural markets.  They dumped milk into ditches and turned back cattle trucks, but the blockades weren't effective enough.  Police eventually opened the roads.

http://www.fireandknowledge.org/archives/2008/02/01/the-great-depressions-food-destruction-program-sowell/
The Great Depression’s food destruction program (Sowell)
February 1st, 2008  |  Published in Agriculture, Economics, History, Quotes

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, agricultural price support programs led to vast amounts of food being deliberately destroyed at a time when malnutrition was a serious problem in the United States and hunger marches were taking place in cities across the country.

For example, the federal government bought 6 million hogs in 1933 alone and destroyed them. Huge amounts of farm produce were plowed under, in order to keep it off the market and maintain prices at the officially fixed level, and vast amounts of milk were poured down the sewers for the same reason.

Meanwhile, many American children were suffering from diseases caused by malnutrition
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on August 19, 2012, 10:14:18 pm
related: Is The U.S. Government Stockpiling Food In Anticipation Of A Major Economic Crisis? (http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=218137.msg1369749#msg1369749)


During the Great Depression of the 1930s, agricultural price support programs led to vast amounts of food being deliberately destroyed at a time when malnutrition was a serious problem in the United States and hunger marches were taking place in cities across the country.

For example, the federal government bought 6 million hogs in 1933 alone and destroyed them. Huge amounts of farm produce were plowed under, in order to keep it off the market and maintain prices at the officially fixed level, and vast amounts of milk were poured down the sewers for the same reason.

Meanwhile, many American children were suffering from diseases caused by malnutrition


  The government did stupid things then and still does stupid things.  Some things never change.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on August 21, 2012, 02:21:21 pm
http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Army-Corps-dredging-river-near-Memphis-3800973.php



11-mile stretch of Mississippi River closed
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: Effie Trinket on August 22, 2012, 08:27:13 am
  The government did stupid things then and still does stupid things.  Some things never change.
Not stupid, deliberately evil.  I bet all that food Soetoro announced the govt bought recently to "help the corn producers" was also destroyed.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: EvadingGrid on August 22, 2012, 08:36:50 am
Monsanto’s drought tolerance biotechnology trait is designed to provide yield stability to help farmers manage their risk when water is limited.

(http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BMTA2NTg1ODExMjZeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU3MDcwMDA0Mjg@._V1._SY317_CR12,0,214,317_.jpg)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2264390/


(1) Modify Weather with Chem Trails

(2) Place large bets on the Futures Market

(3) Blame Global Warming

(4) Buy Up Bankrupt Farms for pennies on the Dollar

(5) Collect Billions of Dollars.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: bento on August 22, 2012, 10:29:27 am
They do not care about the money as they create it out of thin air. They truly want us dead, the money is just a game they use to keep us distracted. They could care less about how they kill us off, as long as we keep fighting each other and not them.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: jofortruth on August 22, 2012, 02:03:06 pm
2011
(http://imagesize.financialsense.com/http://www.financialsense.com/sites/default/files/users/u537/images/2012/mississippi-river-before.jpg)

2012
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More Here:
http://z4.invisionfree.com/The_Great_Deception/index.php?showtopic=10493&st=0#entry22004992



Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on August 22, 2012, 05:55:38 pm
http://www.france24.com/en/20120822-us-corn-soy-prices-hit-records-drought-lingers




US corn, soy prices hit records as drought lingers

Corn damaged by severe drought rots on a farm near Bruceville, Indiana, on August 16. US corn and soybean prices closed at new record highs Tuesday as a new survey showed worse-than-expected crop damage from a brutal drought across the country's central breadbasket.

Rows of corn severely damaged by widespread drought is left standing on August 16 for insurance adjusters to evaluate after the rest of the field was removed on a farm near Bruceville, Indiana. US corn and soybean prices closed at new record highs Tuesday as a new survey showed worse-than-expected crop damage from a brutal drought across the country's central breadbasket.
AFP - US corn and soybean prices closed at new record highs Tuesday as a new survey showed worse-than-expected crop damage from a brutal drought across the country's central breadbasket.

The price of corn jumped 1.7 percent to $8.3875 a bushel, while soybeans finished at $17.3025 a bushel, up 2.8 percent from Tuesday.

That left the corn price up 68 percent from June and soybeans 39 percent higher.

An all-time record hot July accompanied by nearly three months of extreme drought have baked the country's prime farmland in the midwestern and central states, where the world's largest corn and soybean crops are grown.

Prices jumped after reports from the annual Pro Farmer Midwest Tour gave analysts and traders more bad news on the state of the crops.

"Crops in western Ohio and eastern Indiana were far below the norm," said Pro Farmer analyst Brian Grete.

Yields in South Dakota meanwhile were called "stunningly low."
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on September 05, 2012, 06:48:32 pm
http://www.wgem.com/story/19453963/summer-drought-takes-its-toll-on-local-fruits-and-vegetables

Summer drought takes its toll on local fruits and vegetables


QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -
The drought has made 2012 a tough year for farmers in the Tri-States, but fruit and vegetables growers are facing their own share of challenges.

In fact, at the Farmer's Market at Washington Park in Quincy, one couple says that after planting 450 tomato plants, only half of them produced.

"I don't remember ever seeing it this bad," Sharron Parrish said.

Parrish has been growing fruits and vegetables since she was a child, but despite the hard work she put into their garden this year, Mother Nature had its own plan.

"About 50 percent of it we lost. We emptied three wells trying to irrigate, but some of the stuff never even came up," Parrish said.

Apple orchard owners are facing a similar problem. While some types of apples turned out fine, others are in short supply.

"The gala crop was short and we're already running low on them.That was one of the few that was impacted quite a bit. We expect to be somewhat short on Jonagold," Jim Zellerman, co-owner at Edgewood Orchards said.

Zellerman said his apple crop at Edgewood Orchards ripened two weeks early, impacted not only by this summer's hot, dry weather, but by freezes in the spring.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on September 06, 2012, 08:24:27 am
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-09-05/u-dot-s-dot-drought-helps-drive-shipping-rates-to-3-1-2-year-low


U.S. Drought Helps Drive Shipping Rates to 3-1/2 Year Low

The worst U.S. drought in more than half a century helped drive down rates for Panamax vessels shipping grains to the lowest in more than 3 1/2 years as it results in a slump in cereal cargoes.

The ships hauling about 60,000 metric tons of grains and other commodities including coal and iron ore slid 5.7 percent to $5,141 a day, the lowest since January 2009, according to data from the Baltic Exchange in London today. The Baltic Dry Index, a wider measure of costs, fell 1.3 percent to 684 points.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on September 07, 2012, 03:04:35 pm
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/06/us-food-fao-idUSBRE8850NI20120906
World food prices stabilize but U.N. urges action
By Catherine Hornby
ROME | Thu Sep 6, 2012 9:11am EDT


(Reuters) - World food prices stabilized in August at levels close to those reached in the food crisis of 2008, and global grain stocks are likely to shrink this year as cereal crop output falls short of what is needed, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.
 
FAO Director General Jose Graziano da Silva called for international action to calm markets but also said the August price index, which remained unchanged from July, provided some cause for optimism.

Earlier on Thursday, Russian Deputy Agriculture Minister Ilya Shestakov said G20 countries would hold a meeting on the grain market next month.

The worst U.S. drought in more than half a century and poor crops from the Black Sea bread basket have sent grain prices to record peaks, raising alarm over a potential repeat of the crisis in 2008 that sparked riots around the world.
...
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on September 25, 2012, 01:46:30 pm

http://feww.wordpress.com/tag/drought-2012/
(http://feww.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/us-drought-disaster-map-12-09-2012.png)

US Drought Disaster list joined by 92 additional counties across 9 states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated 92 counties across eight states as primary and contiguous disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.
 •The states are Alabama, Georgia, Iowa,  Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
•As of September 19, 2012  a total of 2,348 counties across 43 states have been designated as agricultural  disaster areas due to the drought, this year.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/13/us-drought-canada-crops-farmers_n_1771950.html
U.S. Drought: Canada's Farmers Cash In On America's Disastrous Crop Season
Reuters  |  Posted: 08/13/2012 6:59 am Updated: 08/13/2012

* W.Canada canola wheat, canola crops seen larger

* Corn prices hit record after USDA cuts harvest view

* Canada wheat displacing corn in Texas feedlots

By Rod Nickel

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Aug 12 (Reuters) - After spring floods drowned his seeding plans two years straight, Canadian farmer Walter Finlay is harvesting what looks to be an average or slightly better crop of wheat and canola.

Average will do just fine this year.

The worst drought in a half century in the U.S. Midwest has scorched corn and soybean crops, igniting grain and oilseed prices and leaving farmers in Western Canada poised to profit nicely off the misery of U.S. growers.

"You hate to see anybody have a hard time," Finlay said from his farm near Souris, Manitoba. "There maybe is better opportunity just because of what's going on in the States ... the price of corn has obviously drawn the price of feed wheat up."

Canada is the world's seventh-largest, wheat-growing country, and the top exporter of spring wheat and durum, used in baking and pasta-making respectively. It's the biggest producer and shipper of canola, used to make oil for salad dressings and margarine.
...

http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2012/08/29/what-drought-2012-to-be-most-profitable-for-farmers-in-40-years/
Despite Drought, 2012 Most Profitable for Farmers in 40 Years
By Jennifer Booton
Published August 29, 2012

Despite the country experiencing the worst drought in at least a quarter of a century, the U.S. Agriculture Department said this season may have been the most profitable for farmers in 40 years.
 
Net farm income is expected to be $122.2 billion, the highest number since 1973 when adjusted for inflation. Farmers last year profited $117.9 billion, and the average since 2002 is $74 billion.
 
While expenses are forecast to be higher this year at around $329.1 billion compared with $310.6 billion last year and an average of $248.7 billion since 2002, total gross income is expected to grow by 5.1% year-over-year to $451.4 billion.
 
The increases come from a combination of things that have together helped offset what has become an arid U.S. crop belt, stunting the growth of widely-used products like corn and soybeans.
 
Higher crop prices due to a squeezed supply as well as expected payments from the widespread use of government-backed crop insurance are expected to offset the loss experienced by a much lighter yield this season.
 
On Tuesday, disaster modeler AIR Worldwide said insurance losses from the drought that ravaged U.S. crop production could reach as high as $20 billion.
...
Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2012/08/29/what-drought-2012-to-be-most-profitable-for-farmers-in-40-years/#ixzz27Vb9bQyZ
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: Brocke on September 26, 2012, 04:11:47 am


USDA Streamlines Disaster Declarations

By Joshua Stewart
Updated: 2 months ago

Fri., July 13, 2012 2:42pm (EDT)

ATLANTA  — 
Once the USDA declares a disaster in a county, farmers and ranchers can apply for low-interest emergency loans to help offset crop losses and pay operating expenses. New rules announced Thursday streamline the process and provide for automatic disaster designations in areas with severe drought.

Under new U.S. Department of Agriculture rules announced Thursday, all but a handful of Georgia counties are considered disaster areas because of ongoing drought. The department is trying to shorten the time between a disaster and making aid available to farmers.

Until now, a state’s governor had to request a disaster designation. But the new rules mean USDA won’t have to wait for that request.

“Whenever the drought monitor reaches a certain level, in a D2 for example, for eight weeks, it’s an automatic designation,” said Juan Garcia, acting administrator for USDA’s Farm Service Agency. “Therefore it is speeding up the process about 40 percent.”

D2 is a severe drought on the National Drought Monitor. More than half of Georgia is that dry right now.

For disasters other than drought, like tornadoes or fires, local officials or USDA offices can now make the request. Once the agriculture secretary declares a disaster in a county, farmers and ranchers can apply for low-interest emergency loans to help offset crop losses and pay operating expenses.

The new rules also reduce the interest rates on those loans. With the new rules in effect as of Thursday, 142 of Georgia’s 159 counties are eligible for disaster aid.

http://www.gpb.org/news/2012/07/13/usda-streamlines-disaster-declarations
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on October 07, 2012, 04:29:17 pm
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/2012-u.s.-drought-pick-your-poison-15069
The Impact of the 2012 U.S. Drought: Pick Your Poison
Published: October 6th, 2012

The drought that has kept much of the nation in its grip this summer brings a host of additional downstream worries for growers already struggling with reduced yields.
 
Cattle are being poisoned by cyanide-laced weeds in Arkansas. Across the Midwest water-soluble fertilizers are concentrating in soils and plants, making them harmful rather than productive. And in Missouri, samples suggest that more than half the corn crop isn't fit for human consumption, thanks to unusually high levels of a carcinogenic toxin.
...

Pervading Worry
 
Extended drought can often induce a highly toxic and cancer-causing toxin – aflatoxin, a fungal-byproduct. With the corn harvest underway, aflatoxin worry is pervading the farming community.
 
"We don't know how bad it'll be yet," said Don Parrish, senior director of regulatory relations at the American Farm Bureau Federation. "But the conditions certainly exist."
 
Several fungi, or molds, can grow on drought-stressed grain, and several of these produce byproducts are toxic to animals and humans. The most common of these fungi, Aspergillus flavus, consumes the starch inside corn kernels and produces a byproduct named aflatoxin. This fungus also contaminates peanuts, cottonseed, pecans and grain sorghum.  The disease causes olive green, moldy growth.
 
Drought doesn't cause the fungus, but the dryness allows for cracks in the shell protecting the kernels, allowing fungus to get to the grain.
...

The true impact of aflatoxin will be known in a few weeks, Parrish said. So far only 39 percent of the U.S. corn crop has been harvested, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture.
...


http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/31/usa-drought-aflatoxin-iowa-idUSL2E8JVAJ220120831
Iowa begins mandatory testing of milk for aflatoxin
Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:59pm EDT
 
* Mandatory Iowa milk testing for natural toxin began Friday
* Corn stressed by drought at risk for aflatoxin
* Cows can pass aflatoxin from corn-based feed into milk
* Iowa is the biggest U.S. producer of corn

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Iowa, the No. 1 corn producer in the United States, on Friday began requiring the state's dairy processors to test all milk received in the state for aflatoxin, the toxic byproduct of a mold that tends to spread in drought-stressed corn.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture said the required aflatoxin screening of all milk will continue indefinitely.
...
Human foods must contain less than 20 ppb, while the threshold for milk is even lower, at 0.5 ppb.
Aflatoxin can cause liver disease and is considered carcinogenic.

Human exposure to high amounts of aflatoxin is rare, but aflatoxin contamination prompted a series of pet food and livestock food recalls last December, including products produced at Cargill's Lecompte, Louisiana, plant and Procter & Gamble Co plant in Henderson, North Carolina.
...

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/21/us-drought-growth-2012-winter_n_1903478.html

(http://i.huffpost.com/gen/782594/thumbs/o-DROUGHT-GROWTH-FORECAST-570.jpg)

From Climate Central's Michael D. Lemonick:

The massive and widespread 2012 drought that has gripped the nation since the spring refuses to die, according to the latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor — and in fact, it’s expanded a little: as of September 18, 64.82 percent of the contiguous U.S. was suffering from at least moderate drought, slightly more than the 64.16 percent reported a week earlier, enough of a gain to set a new record for this drought category.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on December 08, 2012, 12:25:36 pm
Drought is NOT over and is persistent.... (Similar to 10 year dust bowl Depression era)....

http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/in-the-news/us-drought-2012-farm-and-food-impacts.aspx

The most severe and extensive drought in at least 25 years is seriously affecting U.S. agriculture, with impacts on the crop and livestock sectors and with the potential to affect food prices at the retail level. Below is current information on potential impacts of the drought on key commodities and food prices. We will update the material periodically as information becomes available
...

Food Prices and Consumers

The ongoing drought has destroyed or damaged portions of the major field crops in the Midwest, particularly field corn and soybeans. This has led to increases in the farm prices of corn, soybeans, and other field crops and, in turn, led to price increases for other inputs in the food supply such as animal feed. Most of the impacts on retail food prices are expected to occur in 2013, but meats and animal-based products such as dairy and eggs may be starting to show increases in the final quarter of 2012.
...
Farms

About 80 percent of agricultural land is experiencing drought, which makes the 2012 drought more extensive than any drought since the 1950s.
...

Details

 •As of mid-August 2012, 60 percent of farms in the United States were experiencing drought. About 17 percent of farms were in counties where most of the land is under moderate drought; 15 percent of farms were experiencing severe drought; and 28 percent were experiencing extreme or exceptional drought.

•A striking aspect of the 2012 drought is how the drought rapidly increased in severity in early July, during a critical time of crop development for corn and other commodities. The table shows the progression from mid-June to mid-August of severe or greater drought within the agricultural sector. While there has been some easing of drought conditions during early September, for most crop production exposure to drought during the June to August period will determine drought impacts. From mid-June to mid-August, the share of farms under severe or greater drought increased from 16 percent of all farms to 43 percent. Total cropland under severe or greater drought increased from 20 percent to 57 percent, while total value of crops exposed increased from 16 to 50 percent.
...
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/
(http://www.mygen.com/images/drmon_Dec_4_2012.gif)

Mississippi River flow continued to decline, and it may be necessary to close parts of the river to barge and shipping traffic at some point. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is undertaking dredging and blasting operations in an effort to keep as much of the river navigable for as long as possible

http://feww.wordpress.com/tag/drought-2012/
http://feww.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/drought-continues-to-expand-through-central-u-s/
(http://feww.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/us-rain-map-recent.png)

Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: JT Coyoté on December 08, 2012, 05:40:41 pm
The "herders of humanity" hype this naturally occuring cyclic round every 10 to 12 years and have since the 1930s... It comes around like clockwork, like our yearly 4 seasons. It's period is so accurate you can set your calender by it. It's cause has been known scientifically for at least the last 300 years.  Even at that, most people have short memories, or were never taught about it. All to the advantage of those who know and use it to politically manipulate the population in whatever direction they wish, foisting climate catastrophe fears for political gain.  

This is the modern variation on the ancient "I can save you from the Snake god who will devour the sun unless you give me your virgin daughters," ploy... the old "Snake God OP" unfurled just before and during a solar eclipse, way back when.  Using modern science, the flickering electronic media, and the ignorance of the average individual the powers that be, hoodwink and convince folks today, who just like the folks of old, will fall prey in mass, to the same kind of ploy...  

Remember the warm weather cycle which began in late 2000 and lasted until the end of 2002? Then there was 1989 thru 1991, '78 to late '80... and back it goes with uncanny 11 year regularity... what causes it..?  why, it's the Sun of course... (http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=87604.msg505512#msg505512) go search it.

JTCoyoté

" ...the constitution of the United States confirms and strengthens the
principle, supposed to be essential to all written constitutions,
that a law repugnant to the constitution is void; and that courts,
as well as other departments, are bound by that instrument."

~Justice John Marshall, Marbury v Madison, 1803
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: Brocke on December 09, 2012, 01:49:00 am
The "herders of humanity" hype this naturally occurring cyclic round every 10 to 12 years and have since the 1930s... It comes around like clockwork, like our yearly 4 seasons. It's period is so accurate you can set your calender by it. It's cause has been known scientifically for at least the last 300 years.  Even at that, most people have short memories, or were never taught about it. All to the advantage of those who know and use it to politically manipulate the population in whatever direction they wish, foisting climate catastrophe fears for political gain.  

This is the modern variation on the ancient "I can save you from the Snake god who will devour the sun unless you give me your virgin daughters," ploy... the old "Snake God OP" unfurled just before and during a solar eclipse, way back when.  Using modern science, the flickering electronic media, and the ignorance of the average individual the powers that be, hoodwink and convince folks today, who just like the folks of old, will fall prey in mass, to the same kind of ploy...  

Remember the warm weather cycle which began in late 2000 and lasted until the end of 2002? Then there was 1989 thru 1991, '78 to late '80... and back it goes with uncanny 11 year regularity... what causes it..?  why, it's the Sun of course... (http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=87604.msg505512#msg505512) go search it.

JTCoyoté

Yes! Very well put JT.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: JT Coyoté on December 09, 2012, 02:51:48 pm
Yes! Very well put JT.

Thanks Brocke...

Having been concentrating grey matter elsewhere of late, I have not spent much time the last half year or so regarding climate topics. This thread caught my eye however, so I've spent the last couple of days digging into what the Sun has been doing the last year or so, it being the driver of all weather manifested here on Earth and all.

I found some interesting facts and am putting together a post for the "Sun" thread linked to in my last post that gets into some of these discoveries....

Oldyoti

"Fear can only prevail when victims
are ignorant of the facts."

~Thomas Jefferson
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on January 23, 2013, 06:24:37 pm
Wheat Rises as Worst Drought Since 1930s Dust Bowl Era Persists
23 January 2013
, by Tony C. Dreibus (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-23/wheat-rises-as-worst-drought-since-1930s-dust-bowl-era-persists.html

Excerpt:

Wheat futures rose for the second time in three sessions on renewed concern that the worst U.S. drought since the 1930s is eroding prospects for crops in the southern Great Plains.

- As much as 25% of the wheat crop may go unharvested this year

- The price gained 19% last year, the most among 24 commodities tracked by Standard & Poor’s GSCI Spot Index

- The U.S. is the world’s biggest wheat exporter

- The crop is the country’s fourth-largest, valued at $14.4 billion in 2011, behind corn, soybeans and hay, government data show

Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on January 23, 2013, 07:02:22 pm
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

  CURENT DROUGHT MAP---1/15/2013

(http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/archive/20130115/pics/conus_dm_130115.jpg)

(http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/drmon.gif)
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on January 23, 2013, 07:05:24 pm
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/12/18/18728453.php

Is the Mississippi Drying Up?


by George LoBuono ( globuo01 [at] hotmail.com )
Tuesday Dec 18th, 2012 1:41 PM
Barge traffic was stopped on the Mississippi this summner. Now, months later it's still restricted due to drought.
Like Sam Clemens, I grew up along the Mississippi. Every few weeks we drove along windy, blue-brown expanses of river, barges, and rusty bridges to visit my grandma who lived across the river in Illinois. I took days off of high school to help fill sandbags during floods, so I remember how we stood on a hamlet Main St. watching the Illinois River flow at neck level just five feet away across a line of sandbags while a dark green Huey overhead scouted for levee leaks. Old white wooden houses loosened from foundations just 150 feet away, their rooftops visible in the muddy water. One night we worked by the Mississippi, passing sandbags to fill a sinkhole eroding half way up a levee, which, had it failed, would have ruined farms and grain elevators near Hannibal. It was eerie to stand in the dark watching the biggest man at the end of the line hurl sandbags into the hole, just yards away beneath a floodlamp. He had to stand close enough to toss a 60 pound bag into the hole but not so close that he’d be swallowed by quick mud.

The Mississippi was our ocean, changing color with passing clouds, churning brown when it rained, brimming wide and moving slowly. Standing on a wooded bluff or far out, barefoot on one of the shifting, sandy islands that formed along big bends, I figured the river was at least half a mile wide. Young Lincoln steered barges heaped with farmers’ goods downstream, where he no doubt witnessed the misery of floodplain slavery. He didn’t have to venture far---just a few hundred yards from the house where I grew up in south St. Louis County stood the ruins of an old farmhouse by a tiny pond and what was said to have been slave quarters.

Last July, I sat in a jet flying above the Ozarks to Charlotte. Years earlier, somewhere down below, a friend had died trying to jump from one eighty-foot rock column to another. Two Ozark lakes curved for over a hundred miles. And then I saw the Mississippi. Snaking off to the south, it defined the entire landscape. But as we got closer I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Large stretches of river water were gone. In their place, roughly two-thirds of the riverbed was dry, empty stretches of pale mud and clay. Surely it’s just one section, I thought. The Mississippi never dwindled. But the spectacle ran for miles in both directions. The mighty Mississippi was drying up, and it may not be a single year’s drought. Scientists say global warming will reduce the region’s rains and bring higher temperatures, raising the question of whether millions of acres will continue to be arable. The sight below me was so unexpected that I couldn’t comprehend it. So, on my way to Spain, I just forgot about it – until I read that barge traffic on the lower Mississippi had to be halted for weeks because there wasn’t enough water for barges to pass. On July 3, the river was only 4.86 feet deep in Vicksburg.

[size=105pt]The drought has continued. This week’s Guardian reports, “Barges are being sent off with lighter loads, making for more traffic, with more delays and back-ups. Stretches of the river are now reduced to one-way traffic.”
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Meanwhile, Obama insists oil production is up, meaning decades more of internal combustion. Even if we were to stop using cars and coal-powered electricity today, CO2 levels wouldn’t dwindle for another 60 years. So, we’re left to wonder: if a mostly empty Mississippi is what we see now, at the shallow end of a what is almost certain to be years of global temperatures rising, just think what it will be like a few decades from now.
Yes, the Mississippi has sharp mood swings. During last year’s flooding its waters were 52 feet higher in Vicksburg.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on January 23, 2013, 07:10:23 pm
http://www.kmbc.com/news/kansas-city/Emergency-planning-begins-for-next-year-s-drought/-/11664182/17815964/-/2xat61/-/index.html

Emergency planning begins for next year's drought
All 105 Kansas counties remain in drought emergency


TOPEKA, Kan. —Most emergency preparations this time of the year focus on winter weather.
But state and local officials are already discussing ways to protect the state's dwindling water supplies if the drought persists through next year.
   
Kansas Water Office director Tracy Streeter said most public water supply systems in Kansas have conservation and drought emergency plans in place.
   
But he said the state is encouraging water districts to review those plans based on last year's drought and update them if needed. Streeter said the drought is predicted to continue next year.
   
The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that all 105 Kansas counties remain in a state drought emergency. And some communities are continuing to limit certain water uses, such as for outdoor watering.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: egypt on January 23, 2013, 08:31:51 pm
There's no rain in the Pacific Northwest, either.  It's known that chemtrailing causes the rain to fall somewhere *else.*  So:

1.  Are they chemtrailing off the pacific coast up northern areas?
2.  Where is there unusually high rainfall (where the rain we would normally have, has gone to)

How do we get them to stop it?
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on January 26, 2013, 04:09:05 pm


  source---my brother-in-law

  He is selling his cattle herd.  Losing money big time.

  He told me that if you like beef, to eat it now when there is a lot of it on the market.

  He called a feed lot in Dodge City.  A guy told him that producers were losing $400 per head of cattle.

  The reason--the almost nation-wide drought and THE HIGH PRICE OF CORN.

  ARTICLE FROM LAST SUMMER...........

           
http://www.denverpost.com/businessheadlines/ci_21387088?source%3DAP

Fewer cattle = higher prices

POSTED:   08/24/2012

Drought has led ranchers to reduce their head of cattle, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that beef output will hit a nine-year low in 2013. Ty Wright, Bloomberg
The worst U.S. drought in a half century and record feed prices are spurring ranchers to shrink cattle herds to the smallest in two generations, driving beef prices higher.

Beef output will slump to a nine-year low in 2013 after drought damaged pastures from Missouri to Montana, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates. The domestic herd is the smallest since at least 1973, and retail prices reached a record last month, USDA data show.

Retail beef reached an all-time high of $4.72 a pound in July, according to the USDA's composite price, which includes choice beef, other beef and hamburger values.

Feedlots are losing $300 a head this month fattening cattle for slaughter, after corn surged 61 percent since June 15, University of Missouri data show. Greeley-based JBS SA, the largest beef producer; fast-food chain Wendy's Co.; and Greenwood Village-based Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. are among those planning price increases.

The USDA expects food inflation of 4 percent in 2013, compared with an average of 3 percent since 2004. Next year, domestic beef prices will rise 5 percent, pork 3.5 percent and poultry 4 percent, the USDA estimates.

"We've had a huge liquidation off of pastures," said Walt Hackney, 74, who buys and sells 250,000 cattle a year in Omaha and has worked in the livestock business for about a half century. "It's all due to the drought. There's no grass for them to graze on."

Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: egypt on January 30, 2013, 04:23:31 pm
Well, the eugenicists are completely "enamored" with the idea of famine and all that goes with it.  Famine means disease as well as starvation.

There is no excuse for famine of anykind in this modern day and age.

It sickens me to see our Beautiful Earth being systematically engineered into a desert like Mars.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on January 30, 2013, 04:34:09 pm
Well, the eugenicists are completely "enamored" with the idea of famine and all that goes with it.  Famine means disease as well as starvation.  There is no excuse for famine of anykind in this modern day and age.

It sickens me to see our Beautiful Earth being systematically engineered into a desert like Mars.

I've been reading about the Bakken Natural gas flaring which is being wasted. It could be used to produce fertilizer.

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2013/01/julia-sklar-reporter.html
Gas flares from Bakken fracking are visible from space
 17:20 28 January 2013

(http://sayanythingblog.com/files/2012/12/bakken1.jpg)

http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=4030
November 23, 2011
Over one-third of natural gas produced in North Dakota is flared or otherwise not marketed

Natural gas production in North Dakota has more than doubled since 2005, largely due to associated natural gas from the growing oil production in the Bakken shale formation. Gas production averaged over 485 million cubic feet per day (MMcfd) in September 2011, compared to the 2005 average of about 160 MMcfd.

However, due to insufficient natural gas pipeline capacity and processing facilities in the Bakken shale region, over 35% of North Dakota's natural gas production so far in 2011 has been flared or otherwise not marketed.

http://www.ceres.org/press/press-releases/investors-press-continental-resources-to-end-wasteful-flaring-of-natural-gas
Investors Press Continental Resources to End Wasteful Flaring of Natural Gas
Large Oil Developer Burns Off Natural Gas as Other Firms Set Flaring Reduction Goals
Jan 10, 2013

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haber_process
The Haber process, also called the Haber–Bosch process, is the industrial implementation of the reaction of nitrogen gas and hydrogen gas. It is the main industrial route to ammonia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fertilizer

The Haber process produces ammonia (NH3) from methane (CH4) gas and molecular nitrogen (N2). The ammonia from the Haber process is then converted into nitric acid (HNO3) in the Ostwald process.

http://billingsgazette.com/business/montanans-create-company-to-capture-sell-excess-bakken-gas/article_85e40396-3ae0-5cc1-8cf9-5b8e8fbce30b.html

...
Last August, Brian and his wife, Amy Cebull, who own Nance Resources in Billings, and two partners from Helena formed a limited liability company called G2G. The name stands for gas to green, as in environmentally green.
 
The company installs what is basically a mini-natural gas plant in a trailer that can be hauled out to an oil well to capture, liquefy and store gas emissions.

North Dakota has 4,377 wells connected to a pipeline, leaving another 1,094 wells waiting to be hooked up, said Justin Kringstad, director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority based in Bismarck.
 
The state allows companies to flare gas for one year after production starts. Flaring can continue if the producer can show that hooking up to a pipeline is economically unfeasible or the gas cannot be sold at a profit. Production may be reduced or fines imposed. [ Rubber stamp waivers are issued for productive wells  ]

Last fall, the New York Times reported that North Dakota was flaring 100 million cubic feet of natural gas each day, enough to heat half a million homes for a day. The flaring releases at least 2 million tons of carbon dioxide each year, an amount equivalent to a medium-sized coal-fired power plant, the Times reported.
 
In Montana, oil companies can flare for 60 days. Then members of the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation must vote to extend or curtail the flaring permit, usually a month-by-month decision.
 
“Flaring isn’t a problem right now in Montana because all our new wells are connected to a pipeline,” said Tom Richmond, the administrator of the Montana Board of Oil and Gas.
 
World Bank statistics said worldwide gas flaring is adding some 360 million tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere each year, according to a May 2 Reuters article. That is equivalent to the emissions from about 70 million cars.
 
After nearly six years of decline, global flaring increased last year mostly because of flaring in North Dakota, according to Reuters. That increase pushed the U.S. into the top 10 gas-flaring countries, along with Russia and Nigeria.
 
Pipeline companies are working hard to connect to wells, and natural gas processing facilities are being built, Kringstad said, but the Bakken oil field covers an “unheard-of 18,000 square miles.”
 
The Bakken natural gas is unique because a larger percentage can be liquefied.

...

Here's the article is found before...:

http://bismarcktribune.com/news/columnists/let-s-capture-the-flared-natural-gas-to-gain-economic/article_d87f95fc-2525-11e2-b93f-001a4bcf887a.html
Let’s capture the flared natural gas to gain economic value and avoid waste
November 05, 2012 2:00 am  •  By HOWARD A. LEARNER

The Bakken oil shale drilling provides both immense opportunities and challenges for North Dakota. It’s a huge domestic energy supply resource and creates new jobs, wealth, tax revenues and economic growth. At the same time, there are enormous community costs and social disruptions, and water contamination and air pollution potentially harming human health, ecological safety and farming and tourism economies. There is no “magic bullet” one-shot solution for all problems. There are strategic focused actions, however, that can serve North Dakota and our nation well.

...
Too many Bakken oil drilling companies are still flaring off natural gas while they extract oil. That lights up the western North Dakota sky and produces among the nation’s largest cumulative sources of carbon pollution and other harmful air contaminants emitted into the atmosphere.

Flaring natural gas is wasteful and can be avoided. That gas has economic value in the energy markets, and there are existing technologies and equipment to capture natural gas and dispatch it through pipelines to power fertilizer factories and heat homes and businesses, or use it in power plants to generate electricity. Statoil is also starting to use captured natural gas from flares to help power local drilling rigs and generators, and thus reduce its diesel fuel costs.

Why waste this very valuable energy resource? Why not both avoid pollution and create economic value, jobs and business growth for North Dakotans? Why should landowners miss out on royalty payments and North Dakota lose gross production tax revenues?

The North Dakota Industrial Commission’s standards require oil drilling businesses to capture flared natural gas within one year of beginning operations unless it’s not economically feasible. However, the Commission has waived this requirement more than 200 times during 2011 - 2012. This persistent failure to implement the state’s own standards bypasses valuable opportunities
...
1. Let’s stop wasting natural gas resources. Let’s require all Bakken oil drilling companies to follow North Dakota law by applying modern technologies to capture the flare gases, avoid pollution, and deliver the gas into pipelines or use it for electricity generation and other purposes. If there’s a strong showing that this isn’t economically feasible, so be it. However, no more blanket waivers.

2. Let’s ask the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University or a consulting firm to quantify the job creation and business growth benefits, pollution cost avoidance, and additional royalty payments and tax revenues to be gained by capturing natural gas. These economic values are real, not theoretical. The state’s entreprenuerial centers should focus on the new business opportunities to use this natural gas and related by-products.

3. Let’s convene the oil drilling, flare gas capture and pipeline companies, electricity coops and power plant businesses, fertilizer factory owners and farm groups, state and local officials, environmental and conservation organizations, and economic development agencies. Bring the key parties together to develop shared solutions and implement them quickly.
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: egypt on January 30, 2013, 05:05:11 pm
Is the fracking and releasing natural gas really about getting rid of a possible resource for heat and energy?  I wouldn't doubt it since Americans are truly being attacked infrastructure-wise.  Coal plants are shut down, energy-producing and water-holding reservoirs are being destroyed...

This idea of everything being "new" doesn't make sense to me.  So much of the "new" means it doesn't work and doesn't last.  We have seen this disposable-products-culture for a long time now.  I remember the idea came up to have disposable paper clothing.  We're not far from it with the plastic clothes.  Batteries don't last, items self-destruct in no time.

Infrastructure of dams and water plants, for instance were built in the 50's, and there's a huge push to "update" and re-build them.  What for?  To replace metal and concrete with plastic and computer chips?

I see that they like to make-believe it is all for the good and safety of us; when in fact, it is a direct attack.  So, I'm very suspicious about "new" infrastructure.  Nevermind the cost! But wow, the funds are sure available via Agenda 21.



Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on January 30, 2013, 05:38:03 pm
Is the fracking and releasing natural gas really about getting rid of a possible resource for heat and energy?  I wouldn't doubt it since Americans are truly being attacked infrastructure-wise.  Coal plants are shut down, energy-producing and water-holding reservoirs are being destroyed...
...

Yes it does seem to be a major Agenda21 type scheme. I updated the post above about portable NG Liquified processing , lets see if that gets anywhere. Also note that flaring Nat gas is a world wide phenom.. hmmm...
Title: Re: 2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on February 01, 2013, 07:55:15 am
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&contentid=2013/01/0002.xml


   USDA Designates 597 Counties in 2013 as Disaster Areas Due to Drought


     USDA offers emergency loans to producers ahead of 2013 crop season to help combat persistent drought
    
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2013—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today designated 597 counties in 14 states as primary natural disaster areas due to drought and heat, making all qualified farm operators in the areas eligible for low-interest emergency loans. These are the first disaster designations made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013.

"As drought persists, USDA will continue to partner with producers to see them through longer-term recovery, while taking the swift actions needed to help farmers and ranchers prepare their land and operations for the upcoming planting season," said Vilsack. "I will also continue to work with Congress to encourage passage of a Food, Farm and Jobs bill that gives rural America the long-term certainty they need, including a strong and defensible safety net."

The 597 counties have shown a drought intensity value of at least D2 (Drought Severe) for eight consecutive weeks based on U.S. Drought Monitor measurements, providing for an automatic designation. The Drought Monitor is produced in partnership by USDA, the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It helps USDA determine county disaster designations due to drought. The Drought Monitor measures drought intensity on a scale from D1 to D4, as follows:

D1: Moderate Drought

D2: Severe Drought

D3: Extreme Drought

D4: Exceptional Drought

In 2012, USDA designated 2,245 counties in 39 states as disaster areas due to drought, or 71 percent of the United States. At the height of the 2012 drought, the Secretary announced a series of aggressive USDA actions to get help to farmers, ranchers and businesses impacted by the 2012 drought, including lowering the interest rate for emergency loans, working with crop insurance companies to provide flexibility to farmers, and expanding the use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for haying and grazing, which opened 2.8 million acres and brought nearly $200 million in forage for all livestock producers during a critical period. Many of those same actions continue to bring relief to producers ahead of the 2013 planting season, including:

Simplified the Secretarial disaster designation process and reduced the time it takes to designate counties affected by disasters by 40 percent.
Transferred $14 million in unobligated program funds into the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) to help farmers and ranchers rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters and for carrying out emergency water conservation measures.
Updated the emergency loans application process to allow these loans to be made earlier in the season.
Filed special provisions with the federal crop insurance program to allow haying or grazing of cover crops without impacting the insurability of planted 2013 spring crops.
Authorized up to $5 million in grants to evaluate and demonstrate agricultural practices that help farmers and ranchers adapt to drought.
Authorized $16 million in existing funds from its Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to target states experiencing exceptional and extreme drought.
Installed conservation systems that impacted more than 1 million producers, and reduced water withdrawn from the Ogallala Aquifer by at least 860,000 acre feet, equivalent to the domestic water use of approximately 9.6 million individuals for a year.
Worked with crop insurance companies to provide flexibility on premium payments to farmers, and one-third of all policyholders took advantage of the payment period.
Partnered with local governments, colleges, state and federal partners to conduct a series of regional drought workshops with hundreds of producers in Nebraska, Colorado, Arkansas, and Ohio.
A natural disaster designation makes all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency loans. During times of need, USDA has historically responded to disasters across the country by providing direct support, disaster assistance, technical assistance, and access to credit. USDA's low-interest emergency loans have helped producers recover from losses due to drought, flooding and other natural disasters for decades. The interest rate on emergency loans currently stands at 2.25 percent, providing a competitive, much-needed resource for producers hoping to recover from production and physical losses associated with natural disasters.

The Obama Administration, with Agriculture Secretary Vilsack's leadership, has worked tirelessly to strengthen rural America, maintain a strong farm safety net, and create opportunities for America's farmers and ranchers. U.S. agriculture is currently experiencing one of its most productive periods in American history thanks to the productivity, resiliency, and resourcefulness of our producers. A strong farm safety net is important to sustain the success of American agriculture. USDA's crop insurance program currently insures 264 million acres, 1.14 million policies, and $110 billion worth of liability on about 500,000 farms. In response to tighter financial markets, USDA has expanded the availability of farm credit, helping struggling farmers refinance loans. Since 2009, USDA has provided more than 128,000 loans to family farmers totaling more than $18 billion. Over 50 percent of the loans went to beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

Visit www.usda.gov/drought for the latest information regarding USDA's drought response and assistance.

The 597 primary counties designated as disaster areas today correspond to the following states: Alabama, 14; Arkansas, 47; Arizona, 4; Colorado, 30; Georgia, 92; Hawaii, 2; Kansas, 88; Oklahoma, 76; Missouri, 31; New Mexico, 19; Nevada, 9; South Carolina, 11; Texas, 157; and Utah, 17. For more information about the specific state designations, visit the Farm Service Agency's disaster designations page.

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Title: Re: 2012-13 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on February 21, 2013, 10:33:54 am
http://oskynews.org/?p=54231
Drought 2013 by Jason Madison
 
State climatologists predict the current drought could continue through the rest of the year in Iowa. Mahaska County is 8 to 12 inches under the amount of moisture needed for this time of year.
 
As CRI’s Jason Madison reports, in case the rain doesn’t add up in the next months, officials say some residents should consider cutting back on the amount of water used NOW instead of later. “If we can compare the starting of last year to the starting of this year, we’re much worse off now than we were then.”, says Bob Wells. Iowa State University Extension Field Specialist Bob Wells has lived and worked in Oskaloosa for 11 years and say’s the county has seen better days.
 
They tend to cycle about every 20 to 25 years and it go into a dry cycle. And we are in that now. The problem is we don’t know how long it’s going to last.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RltO99FKvOU

http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=DISASTER_ASSISTANCE
http://www.usda.gov/documents/usda-drought-fast-track-designations-022013.pdf
(http://www.usda.gov/img/content/thumbnail-fasttrack.jpg)

Secretarial Drought Designations as of February 20, 2013
Disaster Incidents as of February 20, 2013

Map shows designations due to drought across the country under USDA's amended rule. Any county declared a primary (red) or contiguous (orange) disaster county makes producers in that county eligible for certain emergency aid.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/01/25/drought-trees-midwest/1858413/
Drought is killing trees across the Midwest
Judy Keen, USA TODAY9a.m. EST January 27, 2013

 Thousands of trees died in the historic drought of 2012, and many more will succumb in the next few years. Communities that have lost trees are hesitant to replant now.

Hundreds of thousands of trees died in the historic drought of 2012, and many more will succumb in the next few years, scientists say.

"This is just beginning," says Janna Beckerman, a plant pathologist at Indiana's Purdue University. "I suspect we'll see trees still dying for the next two or three years."

Indiana's white cedar and Florida cypress trees began dying in late summer, she says, and Alberta and Colorado blue spruce are succumbing now.

Trees affected by a 2010-11 drought still are dying across Louisiana, says Keith Hawkins, a Louisiana State University AgCenter forester. Some trees "reached a threshold from which they can't recover — especially older, larger trees," he says.

About 301 million trees died in rural Texas because of that drought, the Texas A&M Forest Service says.
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Title: Re: 2012 - 2013 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on April 13, 2013, 11:29:40 am

General Discussion for the Prison Planet Educational Forum and Library > EARTHQUAKE! ... NLE11 HAARP/STUXNET Earthquake/Nuke Attacks during NLE11 being used to create a 'Green Nazi' Patriot Act > *CLIMATEGATE: Whistleblower exposes global warming is a HOAX!  (http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?board=435.0)

Climate change did not cause 2012 US drought, says government report

Climate change did not cause 2012 US drought, says government report
12 April 2013
, by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/apr/12/climate-change-not-2012-drought

Scientists blame Central Great Plains drought on failure of Gulf jet stream but critics say study was too narrow

The historic drought that blazed across America's corn belt last year was not caused by climate change, a federal government study found.

The summer of 2012 was the driest since record-keeping began more than a century ago, as well as one of the hottest, producing drought conditions across two-thirds of the continental United States.

Barack Obama and other prominent figures have repeatedly cited the drought as evidence of climate change.

But the report released on Thursday by scientists at five different government agencies said that was not the case.

The drought was "a sequence of unfortunate events" that occurred suddenly, the report said.

The circumstances were so unusual the drought could never have been predicted.

"The Central Great Plains drought during May-August of 2012 resulted mostly from natural variations in weather," the report said.

The scientists found moist air from the Gulf of Mexico did not stream northward as it does most years, bringing spring rain.

The jet stream that ordinarily pushes up the moisture from the Gulf was stuck far to the north in Canada.

July and August failed to produce their usual thunderstorms and those that did occur brought little rainfall.

The deficits were extreme. Last year was the driest year since record-keeping began in 1895, the report said.

Conditions were even hotter and drier than the "dust bowl" years of 1934 and 1935.

But the scientists were clear in the report:

"Neither ocean states nor human-induced climate change, factors that can provide long-lead predictability, appeared to play significant roles in causing severe rainfall deficits over the major corn producing regions of central Great Plains."

The finding was immediately challenged by other scientists.

The report looked at six states – Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri and Iowa – but by last September the drought had spread across two-thirds of the continental United States, devastating crops from Texas to Georgia.

Some experts predicted the economic losses would exceed those from hurricane Sandy.

Obama cited the drought, along with last year's wildfires, record-breaking temperatures, and Sandy, as evidence of climate change.

Campaign groups have also cited the drought to make the case for climate action.

The lead author of the report, Martin Hoerling, a research meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told the Associated Press he had tried to create computer simulations of the the drought, factoring in climate change conditions.

Hoerling undertook a similar exercise with the 2011 drought in Texas, finding that climate change had indeed been a factor.

He was unable to do so in this case, Hoerling said, arguing that it demonstrated the drought had been a one-off event.

"This is one of those events that comes along once every couple hundreds of years," Hoerling told the AP.

"Climate change was not a significant part, if any, of the event."

However, Kevin Trenberth, a climate scientist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research, who was also contacted by the Associated Press, said the study failed to take into account the lack of snowpack in the Rockies or how climate change may have played a role in keeping the jet stream away.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2013 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on April 14, 2013, 05:12:42 pm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/apr/13/climate-change-millions-starvation-scientists
Millions face starvation as world warms, say scientists

World is unprepared for changes that will see parts of Africa turned into disaster areas, say food experts


John Vidal
The Observer, Saturday 13 April 2013 16.00 EDT

Millions of people could become destitute in Africa and Asia as staple foods more than double in price by 2050 as a result of extreme temperatures, floods and droughts that will transform the way the world farms.

As food experts gather at two major conferences to discuss how to feed the nine billion people expected to be alive in 2050, leading scientists have told the Observer that food insecurity risks turning parts of Africa into permanent disaster areas. Rising temperatures will also have a drastic effect on access to basic foodstuffs, with potentially dire consequences for the poor.
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America's agricultural economy is set to undergo dramatic changes over the next three decades, as warmer temperatures devastate crops, according to a US government report. The draft US National Climate Assessment report predicts that a gradually warming climate and unpredictable severe weather, such as the drought that last year spread across two-thirds of the continental United States, will have serious consequences for farmers.

The research by 60 scientists predicts that all crops will be affected by the temperature shift as well as livestock and fruit harvests. The changing climate, it says, is likely to lead to more pests and less effective herbicides. The $50bn Californian wine industry could shrink as much as 70% by 2050.

The report lays bare the stark consequences for the $300bn US farm industry, stating: "Many agricultural regions will experience declines in crop and livestock production. The rising incidence of weather extremes will have increasingly negative impacts on crop and livestock production. Climate disruptions have increased in the recent past and are projected to increase further over the next 25 years.

"Critical thresholds are already being exceeded. Many regions will experience declines in crop and livestock production from increased stress due to weeds, diseases, insect pests and other climate change-induced stresses. Climate disruptions to agricultural production have increased in the recent past and are projected to increase further".
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Title: Re: 2012 - 2013 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on April 14, 2013, 07:13:05 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ra89Y3WefQ
Greening the Desert II- Greening the Middle East

 Published on Oct 5, 2012

A short film on turning around worst case scenarios of soil in the world, turning them into a (mycelium-rich) garden.

The heavily salty desert around the even more heavily salty Dead Sea in Jordan becomes a garden--without pumping in extra water or artificial fertilizer/herbicides.

"We could green the entire Middle East in this way," Geoff Lawton says in the film.

Permaculturist Lawton notes that nearby degradative and self-destructive farms burn away the secret that could save their soil. The degradative farms burned off so-called 'waste from agriculture' and turned it into easily erodible and easily-lost ash because they were ignorant of what to do with it...

Permaculture
Title: Re: 2012 - 2013 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on May 05, 2013, 05:54:39 pm
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/seasonal_drought.html
(http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/sdohomeweb.gif)

Latest Seasonal Assessment - The Drought Outlook for May 2 - July 31, 2013 is based primarily on short-, medium-, and long-range forecasts, initial conditions, and climatology. Several inches of rain fell in the past two weeks across portions of the Carolinas, Georgia, and parts of Florida eliminating some of the remaining areas of drought.

Improvement is indicated for the continuing drought area in north-central Florida due to short-term rainfall and the approaching onset of the rainy season.

Improvement is forecast across the upper Mississippi Valley and the lower Plains, due to frontal activity and/or the seasonal upswing in nocturnal thunderstorm activity.

Limited drought improvement is anticipated over much of the High Plains.

Drought is forecast to either develop or persist across the western contiguous U.S. as this region enters its dry season. Some improvement is expected for the drought area across northern Alaska, while areas of persistence and development of drought are anticipated for the Hawaiian Islands.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2013 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on May 05, 2013, 07:05:31 pm
http://www.trust.org/item/20130502225123-7fs2c/


   Kansas wheat crop seen down 18 pct after drought, cold spring
Title: Re: 2012 - 2013 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on May 05, 2013, 07:09:52 pm
http://www.kansascity.com/2013/05/04/4217879/in-parts-of-plains-drought-fears.html

In parts of Plains, drought fears nag in 3rd year

FREDERICK, Okla. — When Kent Walker walked through his dusty fields one morning this spring, the ominous signs were right there at his feet. His wheat crop that should have been thick, dark green and thigh-high was thin, brown and barely covered the top of his shoes. It looked like the start of an ugly rerun.


Last year, most of his cotton crop was destroyed by drought. In 2011, almost all his cotton and wheat were stunted or shriveled. Walker sold about a third of his cattle then because he didn't have water and feed. Now, more dry months - compounded by four deadly freezes this spring - threaten once again. And after surveying his fields, white cowboy hat shading his eyes, he sums up his frustration.

"Dadgummit," he says. "... It's very trying. It tries your patience. It tries your faith. Bottom line: Every day you just have to go out and trust in God that all will be fine ... and roll on to the next day."

Walker's resilience echoes across the southwest corner of Oklahoma as fears of a third straight year of drought ripple through this vast prairie where the dry spell has left visible scars: Ponds that are nearly or totally empty. Dead cedar trees. Sprouting weeds, fewer cows, bald pastures that resemble dirt roads instead of lush, green fields.

"You always know that there's going to be a year when you have a failed crop or some sort of disaster," Walker says. "Normally you can manage one year, but when you go to two or three years, you're left questioning your choice of occupation. It can set you back on your heels."

Still, he remains an optimist. Though as much as 80 percent of his wheat may be damaged from the drought and freeze, he sees any losses as a temporary setback. "We won't shut down," says Walker, who farms with his father. "We will get through this one way or another."
Title: Re: 2012 - 2013 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on July 01, 2013, 10:20:01 am

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/historical-heat-wave-turns-dea/14798064
(http://vortex.accuweather.com/adc2004/pub/includes/columns/newsstory/2013/650x366_07010904_page-1.jpg)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/06/29/heat-west-temperature-record-high/2475701/
Western USA staggers under massive heat wave; 1 dead
Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY 12:49 p.m. EDT June 30, 2013

Temperatures in Las Vegas shot up to 115 degrees on Saturday afternoon, just two degrees shy of an all-time record, as the Desert Southwest continued to stagger under a relentless heat wave.

Las Vegas fire and rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski told the Associated Press that a man died and another was hospitalized in serious condition Saturday afternoon in heat-aggravated incidents as a heat wave blistered this sunbaked city.

The heat wave has sent more than 40 other people to hospitals in Las Vegas since it arrived Friday. On Friday, 115-degree heat in the city tied a 19-year record.

Large swaths of California sweltered under extreme heat warnings, which are expected to last into Tuesday night — and maybe even longer.

In Southern California, Palm Springs peaked at 122 while the mercury in Lancaster set a record at 111, according to the L.A. Times.

http://azdailysun.com/news/local/record-heat-on-the-way-for-flagstaff-rest-of-arizona/article_8bf09c1a-205d-561a-a694-1183450e4c6d.html
Record heat on the way for Flagstaff, rest of Arizona
June 26, 2013 5:00 am  

Flagstaff could tie longstanding records for heat this Saturday, when temperatures could reach 97 degrees -- the city's all-time high set in 1973.
If the city hits that mark, it would also break the record for the hottest temperature ever in June -- now at 96 degrees set in 1970.

Other locations in northern Arizona could meet or beat records for heat this Friday through Sunday, with temperatures peaking Sunday, said Dave Vonderheide, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Bellemont.

"This is definitely unusually hot," he said. The heat is tied to an abnormally dry spring, Vonderheide said, but also now to the beginning of summer rain.
"This is the heat wave that's very typical just before the monsoon rains begin," he said. He's tracking moisture in northwestern Mexico, waiting for it to head north.
"We're waiting for the winds to change to start bringing that up," Vonderheide said.


http://verdenews.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=54932
7/1/2013 6:50:00 AM
19 Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters killed in Yarnell fire

Prescott is mourning.

Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, part of the Prescott Fire Department, lost their lives Sunday while battling the 2,000-acre Yarnell Hill fire that ignited Friday south of Prescott.

The elite 20-man hotshot team is the only one in the country that is organized through a city fire department. It earned its national interagency hotshot designation in 2008.

Prescott Fire Department Fire Chief Dan Fraijo said the 20th crewmember was working in a different location on the fire and was not injured.

"We're devastated. We just lost 19 of the finest people you'll ever meet ...Truly we're going through a terrible crisis right now," Fraijo said.

Sunday's fatalities amounted to the highest firefighter death toll on a single U.S. wildfire since 1933, when 25 firefighters were killed on the Griffith Park fire in Los Angeles.
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Title: Re: 2012 - 2013 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on August 15, 2013, 02:21:03 pm
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/sdo_summary.html

(http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/sdo_archive/2013/sdo_aso13.gif)

Latest Seasonal Assessment - Since the summer drought of 2012 that affected much of the Great Plains, Mississippi Valley, and Corn Belt, the focus for drought generally shifted west during the past six months.

Drought recently reestablished itself across Iowa, northern Missouri, and the lower Mississippi Valley.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, little to no drought covers the continental U.S. east of the Mississippi River. Georgia and South Carolina were the wettest on record from February through July.

The drought outlook for August 15 - November 30, 2013 is based primarily on short-, medium-, and long-range forecasts, initial conditions, and climatology. Although rainfall associated with the monsoon diminishes during September, improvement is forecast for parts of Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico since the CPC September outlook favors above median precipitation.

Persistence is forecast across the extreme to exceptional drought areas from the Oklahoma Panhandle north to western Nebraska, while prospects for improvement increase to the east across central Kansas, western Oklahoma, and northern Texas. Improvement is also expected for the short-term drought areas of the lower Mississippi Valley, Missouri, and Iowa. In contrast, persistence is forecast for the intermountain West, Great Basin, and for ongoing drought areas along the West Coast where the wet season arrives late in this outlook period. Drought is expected to gradually ease during the fall across Alaska, while drought persists or expands across the Hawaiian Islands.

 
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/


The West: Now in its second year of below normal rainfall, and on the heels of experiencing its driest January to July on record, Extreme Drought (D3) conditions were introduced into southern California.  Impacts are beginning to be felt in this, and surrounding areas, including dried up rivers, stressed vegetation, and possible water restrictions.  Likewise, Extreme Drought (D3) expanded in southwest Idaho as the lack of precipitation mounts.  Conversely, conditions improved slightly in eastern New Mexico and eastern Colorado this week.  Areas of Exceptional Drought (D4) were eased in both states.  

Wildfires, although not directly correlated to drought conditions, remain a problem in parts of the West.  In particular, the National Interagency Fire Center reported nearly four dozen active, large wildfires on August 14, mostly in California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.  Specifically, in southwestern Idaho, the Pony Complex has charred more than 140,000 acres of timber, brush, and grass, while the Elk Fire has consumed nearly 100,000 acres of vegetation



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http://www.archaeology.org/news/1215-130815-climate-changed-doomed-late-bronze-age-peoples
Drought May Have Doomed Bronze Age Civilizations
Thursday, August 15, 2013

MARSEILLE, FRANCE—Around 1300 B.C. the Late Bronze Age civilizations of the eastern Mediterranean began to collapse, and the Hittite, Mycenaean, and Syro-Palestian cultures, among others, eventually vanished.

Wars, crop failures, and famines have all been suggested as triggers for this spectacular collapse, but now climatologists led by Joel Guiot of Aix-Marseille University say that climate change was likely responsible. The team analyzed pollen samples from a deep core taken at a lake on Cyprus and found that about 3,200 years ago the island's lush landscape transformed into an arid one during what was the driest period in the region for the last 5,000 years. They also found less charcoal in later sediments, suggesting the population declined in the wake of the drought.

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-climate-change-late-bronze-age-civilization-collapse-20130814,0,3521236.story
Title: Re: 2012 - 2013 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on October 19, 2013, 10:39:44 am

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/
(http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/data/pngs/20131015/20131015_usdm_home.png)

http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2013/10/01/us-farms-shift-from-crisis-to-bumper-crop/
U.S. Farms Shift from Crisis to Bumper Crop
Published October 01, 2013/
Reuters

For much of the past six years, the global grain markets have lurched from one crop crisis to the next, keeping inventories low and food prices high.

Now, as harvest machines across the U.S. Midwest prepare to reap the nation's biggest corn crop in history, a sea change seems imminent, one that could transform the market. No longer will a constant a fear of scarcity drive prices. Instead, traders will be battling for market share instead of scrambling for supplies.

But, experts warn, we are not there yet. At least one more trouble-free global growing cycle is necessary to safely put the past few years of uncomfortably high food prices behind us. Global stockpiles, while recovering, are still far from the 80-or-so days' worth of demand that will keep panic at bay.

Chief among their concerns is that demand for cash crops could accelerate now that prices for things like corn and wheat have fallen by as much as half. Meanwhile, still-elevated costs for inputs like fertilizer, seeds and fuel may dampen some farmers' enthusiasm to keep the production throttle at maximum.

"We're not out of the woods at all," said John Baize, president of John C. Baize and Associates, an international agricultural trade and policy consultant.
...
Only when inventories reach the equivalent of 20 percent to 25 percent of annual global demand - at least an 80-day reserve - will consumers be able to rest easier.
...
"The last time prices were this cheap in the last six or seven years was during the financial crisis. It makes you wonder if we didn't just go through three years of destocking and demand rationing and now we're about to go through a year of massive stock building and demand stimulus." (Reporting by Karl Plume in Chicago, additional reporting by Veronica Brown and Nigel Hunt in London, Editing by Jonathan Leff, Marguerita Choy and Lisa Von Ahn)

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/farmers-on-track-for-bumper-crop-of-wheat-other-grains-1.1912666
Farmers on track for bumper crop of wheat, other grains
Wheat production up 22% from 2012 to a record 33 million tonnes, Statistics Canada reports
CBC News Posted: Oct 04, 2013 12:20 PM ET|

Canada's wheat production has risen 22 per cent from 2012 to a record 33 million tonnes after an unusually good growing season.

Statistics Canada released figures Friday showing strong crop yields in wheat, barley, oats and canola. Only soybean and corn production are down.

The Canadian Wheat Board predicted the bumper crop two weeks ago, saying rain and heat came at the right time for most producers.
■Record crop yields in Prairies pushing grain prices down

The problem is that most of the world experienced the same ideal conditions, meaning world grain prices are falling.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2013 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on October 19, 2013, 11:33:17 am

U.S. Farms Shift from Crisis to Bumper Crop
Published October 01, 2013/
Reuters

For much of the past six years, the global grain markets have lurched from one crop crisis to the next, keeping inventories low and food prices high.

Now, as harvest machines across the U.S. Midwest prepare to reap the nation's biggest corn crop in history, a sea change seems imminent, one that could transform the market. No longer will a constant a fear of scarcity drive prices. Instead, traders will be battling for market share instead of scrambling for supplies.

But, experts warn, we are not there yet. At least one more trouble-free global growing cycle is necessary to safely put the past few years of uncomfortably high food prices behind us. Global stockpiles, while recovering, are still far from the 80-or-so days' worth of demand that will keep panic at bay.

Chief among their concerns is that demand for cash crops could accelerate now that prices for things like corn and wheat have fallen by as much as half. Meanwhile, still-elevated costs for inputs like fertilizer, seeds and fuel may dampen some farmers' enthusiasm to keep the production throttle at maximum.

"We're not out of the woods at all," said John Baize, president of John C. Baize and Associates, an international agricultural trade and policy consultant.
...
Only when inventories reach the equivalent of 20 percent to 25 percent of annual global demand - at least an 80-day reserve - will consumers be able to rest easier.
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"The last time prices were this cheap in the last six or seven years was during the financial crisis. It makes you wonder if we didn't just go through three years of destocking and demand rationing and now we're about to go through a year of massive stock building and demand stimulus." (Reporting by Karl Plume in Chicago, additional reporting by Veronica Brown and Nigel Hunt in London, Editing by Jonathan Leff, Marguerita Choy and Lisa Von Ahn)

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/farmers-on-track-for-bumper-crop-of-wheat-other-grains-1.1912666
Farmers on track for bumper crop of wheat, other grains
Wheat production up 22% from 2012 to a record 33 million tonnes, Statistics Canada reports
CBC News Posted: Oct 04, 2013 12:20 PM ET|

Canada's wheat production has risen 22 per cent from 2012 to a record 33 million tonnes after an unusually good growing season.

Statistics Canada released figures Friday showing strong crop yields in wheat, barley, oats and canola. Only soybean and corn production are down.

The Canadian Wheat Board predicted the bumper crop two weeks ago, saying rain and heat came at the right time for most producers.
■Record crop yields in Prairies pushing grain prices down

The problem is that most of the world experienced the same ideal conditions, meaning world grain prices are falling.

  Good news for the consumer.  Bad news for the farmer.
Title: Re: 2012-2014 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on January 14, 2014, 11:33:10 am
http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_24904396/california-drought-whats-causing-it
California drought: What's causing it?
By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com

As California struggles through a run of historically dry weather, most residents are looking at falling reservoir levels, dusty air and thirsty lawns.

But meteorologists have fixed their attention on the scientific phenomenon they say is to blame for the emerging drought: a vast zone of high pressure in the atmosphere off the West Coast, nearly four miles high and 2,000 miles long, so stubborn that one researcher has dubbed it the "Ridiculously Resilient Ridge."

Like a brick wall, the mass of high pressure air has been blocking Pacific winter storms from coming ashore in California, deflecting them up into Alaska and British Columbia, even delivering rain and cold weather to the East Coast. Similar high-pressure zones pop up all the time during most winters, but they usually break down, allowing rain to get through to California. This one, ominously, has anchored itself for 13 months, since December 2012, making it unprecedented in modern weather records and leaving researchers scratching their heads
....

With each passing week, California's lack of rainfall becomes more serious.

Last year was the driest calendar year in recorded history in California in most cities, with records going back 160 years. The first snowpack reading in the Sierra Nevada earlier this month found a snowpack of just 20 percent of normal.

Meanwhile, major reservoirs in Shasta and Oroville are each 36 percent full, about half of normal for this time of year. San Luis Reservoir near Los Banos is 30 percent full, 42 percent of normal. Major Bay Area water agencies haven't yet called for mandatory summer water restrictions but are expected to make the decision in the next month or two, depending largely on whether the high-pressure ridge breaks down and rain falls.

State Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin told members of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture in Sacramento a week ago that his agency is likely to recommend that Gov. Jerry Brown declare a drought by Feb. 1, which would make it easier for water transfers between agencies and for emergency loans and other assistance.

On Monday at a news conference in Fresno, Brown told reporters, "It's coming. Just be patient.''

Still, he said last week: "Governors can't make it rain."

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/sdo_summary.html
(http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/sdohomeweb.png)

http://www.theweatherspace.com/2014/01/12/the-california-drought-finally-explained-with-both-upper-and-lower-levels-of-atmosphere-to-blame/

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(TheWeatherSpace.com) – A record number of Santa Ana Wind Products this season has prompted for the 2013 drought to continue even now, with no rain in sight.  The mechanism behind it has been modeled and the discovery of two sections of the atmosphere to blame has come out.

The graphic above is pretty tough to read but I’ll go across it in steps below …

Step 1:  The Big “H” in the Pacific is the Northeastern Pacific Ridge.  This has been responsible for carving an Eastern Canada Low and deep trough for arctic air shows east of the Rocky Mountains.  This has been the normal this entire season.  These are up around 18,000 feet, so considered the mid to upper levels of the atmosphere.

Step 2:  The pinkish shade is the upper jet stream pattern as a result of Step 1.  What happens is storms come up and around, into the Pacific Northwest, finally diving into Utah and exiting through Texas off to the Eastern United States.  This pattern is the inside slider storm pattern.  What happens is the cold front moves southeast through Idaho and Northern Nevada.  This front ‘pushes’ air southward through Nevada.  The rotation of the planet makes the winds turn westward and jet through the passes and canyons of California, which is known as the Offshore Flow and many other wind names like Santa Ana Winds.  These are low level winds, below 1,000 feet.

Step 3:  Because these are low level winds, the low level moisture content gets shoved westward, hundreds of miles from California.  This creates a mine-field of dry air west of California.  Again, because of the rotation of the Earth, the wind curls northward in the low levels, creating two separate surface level high pressure zones … as noted by the two blue H’s.  High pressure sinks, so anything in that area is sinking, not rising .. .thus drying the area out further.

Step 4:  The little red L is where moisture near Hawaii creates some storm activity.  Storm fronts pick of moisture as the storm develops under the ridge, which is very common for the to do so.  This front of moisture moves eastward, giving California a hope for rainfall.  But remember Step 3?  The mine-field for moisture is dry-air.  Just as Hurricane Season this year was weaker because of the dry Saharan Desert air from Africa … this is similar to our season in California.  The moisture streaming into the dry air gets taken over, sinks, and converted into dry air, therefore the clash of the two air-masses prevents any advancing moisture from the west to make it to California.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2014 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on January 23, 2014, 07:20:50 pm
Obama - Rain Man - The Rain Maker - a another name for the devil

http://www.dvd-covers.org/art/DVD_Covers/Movie_DVD_Custom_Covers/348The_Devils_Rain.jpg.html
(http://www.dvd-covers.org/d/32353-3/348The_Devils_Rain.jpg) (http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs48/f/2009/222/1/3/Devil_Obama_by_Muukao.png)

http://costa.house.gov/index.php/2014-press-releases/1011-urge-swift-action-if-state-requests-federal-disaster-declaration
Feinstein, Boxer, Costa Call on President to Form Federal Drought Task Force

Washington, DC- In light of California’s extreme dry conditions, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Barbara Boxer, and Congressman Jim Costa called on President Obama to form a federal drought task force capable of coordinating a swift, decisive cross-agency response to the state’s looming water crisis. In a letter, the lawmakers also asked that the President move quickly to authorize a disaster declaration should California request a federal declaration. Last month, Costa and Feinstein urged California Governor Jerry Brown to declare a statewide drought emergency that would mobilize additional resources necessary to address the state’s current water challenges.

Dear President Obama:

We are writing to urge you to take immediate action to address California’s dire water supply conditions by directing the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Commerce and the Assistant Secretary of the Army to pursue all available strategies and actions to alleviate the impacts of the drought on Californians
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Blah blah blah
,,,

If California requests a broad federal disaster declaration, we urge you to issue this declaration as quickly as possible. We also urge that you direct the federal agencies to maximize opportunities for expedited water transfers, assist with infrastructure improvements, and exercise their discretion in regulatory decision-making within the confines of the law to deliver more water to those whose health and livelihoods depend on it.


http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/01/18/Ca-Governor-Brown-Declares-Statewide-Drought-Emergency
CA Governor Brown Declares Statewide Drought Emergency
 18 Jan 2014

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Brown declared that California is officially in a statewide drought emergency. His pronouncement comes during one of California’s driest winters on record. As a result of this and after two previous years of diminished rainfall, reservoirs have reached undesirable levels. Therefore, Brown is advocating that all residents reduce water usage by 20%. "We ought to be ready for a long, continued, persistent effort to restrain our water use," the Governor stated.
...


http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/01/22/uc-berkeley-professor-california-hasnt-been-this-dry-in-500-years/
UC Berkeley Professor: California Dry Spell May Be Worst Since 1500s
January 22, 2014 8:05 PM

BERKELEY (KPIX 5) – In California, 2013 was a record-setting year because of the lack of rainfall. A professor at UC Berkeley warns this time could go into the record books as the driest in centuries.

“Some people have said that this could be the start of a several decade-long dry spell,” Lynn Ingram, professor of paleoclimatology told KPIX 5. Ingram examines history to help forecast the future.
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A study about tree rings led her to predict that we could be in for the driest winter in 500 years. Narrow tree rings indicate little or no water for growth, just like people saw in the 1500s.

“They put on rings every single year. So you can actually be able to detect one year of drought,” Ingram said.

Another indication, but not as precise, are sediment cores that can span a few thousand years and point to the saltiness of San Francisco Bay.

More fresh water, and the salinity drops. What they are seeing is at least something on par with what happened here in the dry years of 1976 and 1977, and this could be the norm for quite some time.

“That was like the year with no rain,” Ingram said. “We could be on track for heading into a drier sort of period.”

The Bay Area was built up during the 20th century, we may be forced to adapt to a drier 21st century.

Some droughts, like one in the Middle Ages, lasted more than a century. Ingram is not predicting that, she said that’s like predicting earthquakes. Still, Ingram called this time of dry conditions anxiety provoking.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2014 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on February 25, 2014, 01:32:14 pm
http://www.zengardner.com/food-price-alert-dust-bowl-condtions-threaten-western-us/
Food Price Alert – Dust Bowl Condtions Threaten Western US
Monday, February 17th, 2014. Filed under: Agenda 21

[This geoengineered drought is nothing less than a massive land grab and effort to move people off the land and into big population centers a la Agenda 21, in addition to other nefarious humanity-crippling intentions. If and when farmers sell off to big Agra and other well monied psychopathic interests, you can be sure the rain will return. They've done it before. At any rate, take heed and have plenty of stored food and water on hand. - Zen]

from Peak Crackers

Contributor

Are dust bowl conditions  returning  to the western half of the country? The Federal government has declared portions of 11 states to be “disaster areas”. And of course these extremely dry conditions are going to severely affect food prices.  The following are 15 reasons why your food bill is going to start soaring…

15 Reason Why Your Food Bill Is Going To State Soaring

Source: Michael Snyder, Economic Collapse

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/15-reasons-why-your-food-bill-is-going-to-start-soaring
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- See more at: http://www.zengardner.com/food-price-alert-dust-bowl-condtions-threaten-western-us/#sthash.I3DiveqO.dpuf

(http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/U.S.-Drought-Monitor-California-February-11-2014.jpg)
Title: Re: 2012 - 2014 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on July 18, 2014, 09:03:34 pm
And so it goes ....

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/RegionalDroughtMonitor.aspx?west

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With June in the books, NCDC rankings for California for the July 2013-June 2014 period were the warmest and 3rd driest since 1895.

The only drier July-June periods were in 1923-24 and 1976-77. This is the first time California experienced 3 consecutive years in the top 20 for dryness: 2011-12 ranked 20th, 2012-13 ranked 18th, and statewide precipitation has averaged 67% of normal during this 3-year period, and was just 56% of normal in 2013-14.

Fortunately California’s reservoirs hold more water than they did in 1977 when the state experienced its 4th and 2nd driest years on record from July 1975-June 1977. However, a recent study estimated that this drought will cost California $2.2 billion in 2014, with a loss of over 17,000 agricultural jobs.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2014 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on July 25, 2014, 03:34:09 pm
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/257fc542-135a-11e4-84b7-00144feabdc0.html#axzz38VsNTxjF
Drought drains critical US water supply
July 24, 2014 7:50 pm
By Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent


A huge volume of fresh water has disappeared from the drought-struck south west of the US in the past decade in what researchers say is a startling sign of the fragility of one of the country’s most important water supplies.

Almost 65 cubic kilometres of water has been lost since late 2004 from the Colorado River Basin, an area roughly the size of France that is a vital but heavily used source of water for more than 30m people and 4m acres of farmland.

The amount lost was nearly double the volume of the Colorado River’s Lake Mead, the largest man-made reservoir in the US, according to a study by scientists using data from Nasa satellites that can measure changes in water levels.

“This is a lot of water to lose. We thought that the picture could be pretty bad, but this was shocking,” said the study’s lead author, Stephanie Castle, a water resources specialist at the University of California, Irvine.

More than 75 per cent of the loss was due to the rapid depletion of groundwater from underground aquifers that many farmers depend on for irrigation, especially during droughts like the one that has afflicted parts of the south west for the last 14 years.

The researchers found the rate of decline of groundwater, much of which is non-renewable and poorly managed, was roughly six times greater than the losses in Lake Mead and Lake Powell, another large reservoir further upstream on the Colorado River.

“Groundwater is already being used to supplement the gap between surface water supply and basin water demands,” said study co-author, Jay Famiglietti, adding the study revealed a surprisingly high and prolonged reliance on groundwater to bridge the gap between demand and supply.
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Authorities are spending more than $800m to tunnel under Lake Mead to maintain access to water because the stunted flow of the Colorado River means the lake has shrunk so much that two higher tunnels may no longer be able to channel water to Las Vegas and other cities.

The rapid rates of groundwater depletion are likely to lead to further falls in Colorado River stream flows.

The study’s authors say declines in the snowpack that feeds the river, and population growth, could threaten the long-term ability of the Colorado River Basin to meet water allocation commitments to the seven basin states, which includes California, and to Mexico.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2014 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on July 27, 2014, 03:53:04 pm
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/Jan/25/rain-dance-drought-oceanside-park-native-american/
When in drought, rain dance
By Maureen Magee7:40 p.m. Jan. 25, 2014
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OCEANSIDE — The scent of burning sage wafted toward the inflatable bounce house. The beat of drums and the distinctive cries of Apache song caught the attention of boys playing soccer.

Smack in the middle of Mance Buchanan Park in suburban Oceanside on Saturday, dozens of Native Americans gathered in a circle on the brown grass to do what their ancestors had done generations before them: pray, sing and dance for rain.

As California enters its third straight year of dangerously dry conditions amid what Gov. Jerry Brown has proclaimed a drought emergency, Gil “Feather” Fernandez led a traditional rain dance on yet another hot and sunny winter day. He was joined by Sam Bearpaw, Windwalker and dozens of other Native Americans from multiple tribes who work to keep the traditions and rituals of their culture alive in a modern world.
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Title: Re: 2012 - 2014 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on August 19, 2014, 04:20:07 pm
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/RegionalDroughtMonitor.aspx?west
(http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/data/pngs/20140812/20140812_west_none.png)
08/12/2014

It was seasonably dry along the West Coast, with measurable precipitation limited to parts of the Sierra Nevada and northeastern California. To wit, areas of dryness and drought remained unchanged. The major reservoirs in California are in aggregate at 59% of the historical average, still above the 41% of average recorded during the 1976-77 drought. But some reservoirs are below 1977 levels, especially in west-central parts of the state, and water restrictions have been imposed statewide.


http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-severe-drought-california-20140818-story.html
'Severe' drought covers nearly 99.8% of California, report says
Title: Re: 2012 - 2014 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on January 15, 2015, 12:26:14 pm
Now just California / Nevada

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/
(http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/data/pngs/20150113/20150113_usdm_home.png)
Title: Re: 2012 - 2014 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: chris jones on January 15, 2015, 06:44:40 pm
A process plant is used in Dubai, interesting?
I worked on a ship that used desalination, very pure..
It annoys me our ole Gov can get us in debt for 18 trillion and knowing 10% of this debt could construct facility's to provide pure, clean water if or needed areas.. Sound off the  wall, well guys it isn't. We all know the oceans are a source of water, evaporation- cloud formations, rain etc..

Desalination/distillation is one of mankind's earliest forms of water treatment, and it is still a popular treatment solution throughout the world today. In ancient times, many civilizations used this process on their ships to convert sea water into drinking water. Today, desalination plants are used to convert sea water to drinking water on ships and in many arid regions of the world, and to treat water in other areas that is fouled by natural and unnatural contaminants. Distillation is perhaps the one water treatment technology that most completely reduces the widest range of drinking water contaminants.

In nature, this basic process is responsible for the water (hydrologic) cycle. The sun supplies energy that causes water to evaporate from surface sources such as lakes, oceans, and streams. The water vapor eventually comes in contact with cooler air, where it re-condenses to form dew or rain. This process can be imitated artificially and more rapidly than in nature, using alternative sources of heating and cooling.
  Pizzes me of actually, our ole gov can spend trillions on MIC baby's but zip on a solution to droughts and ensuing food supplies. Or is it they have been advised not to.
 
What is it about Dubai, I seem to recall fat cats investing or am I having a memory lapse.

Dubai plays host to the 13th International Desalination ... - IDA
idadesal.org/.../H2O_dec09jan10_IDA-World-Cong...
launch of a peer-reviewed IDA Journal on Desalination & Water Re-use and the official launches of The IDA Young .... designing and operating wastewater treatment plants aimed at waste reduction and ... named entrepreneurial company of ...
Title: Re: 2012 - 2014 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: jerryweaver on January 15, 2015, 07:40:50 pm
Instead of this project we did vietnam.  ???


(http://www.schillerinstitute.org/graphics/maps/new-nawapa.jpg)

http://www.schillerinstitute.org/economy/phys_econ/nawapa.html

This map of the 1960s "North American Water and Power Alliance" (NAWAPA) shows the continental scale of the needed water supply improvements in North America, and also makes the point on how behind and backward the economies of the United States, Canada, and Mexico have needlessly become under 30 years of anti-development "free market" policies. For three decades, while the amount of money poured into mergers, speculation, and the "markets" rose, investment in infrastructure, industry, and agriculture slowed down to nothing.

"Soft infrastructure" has likewise been shorted, and ratios are dropping of per-household numbers of hospital beds, diagnostic equipment, etc.

The NAWAPA Project shown here, was drawn up by the Pasadena, Calif.-based firm of Ralph M. Parsons Co., and favorably reviewed by Congress in the 1960s for completion by the 1990s, but it was never begun. The idea is to divert southward some 15% of the MacKenzie River (northern Canada) runoff now going towards the Arctic, channelling it through the 500-mile Rocky Mountain trench, then along various routes, eventually reaching even Mexico. The broken lines show new, navigable canals.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2014 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: jerryweaver on January 15, 2015, 08:23:58 pm
the first ever interactive, 3-D animated map of the North American Water and Power Alliance (NAWAPA) system for continental water management, representing a new phase in LaRouche PAC's nationwide mobilization to commence the post-Obama era with a groundbreaking on the project beginning as early as this October. Using the original Parsons Company specifications for NAWAPA as a guide, the team used the Google Earth platform to mark out the sites for dams, reservoirs, power stations, pump lifts, tunnels, and canals throughout the entire system, enabling viewers of the LaRouche PAC website to explore in graphic detail how NAWAPA will completely transform the face of North America.

By thoroughly re-sculpting the physical terrain and hydrological cycles of the continent, NAWAPA will signal a profound shift in the popular conception of basic economic infrastructure, to its proper meaning as nothing less than the human species' management of the biosphere. The adoption of NAWAPA also means the salvation of the collapsed U.S. physical economy, through the immediate employment of approximately 3 million people, including a very large portion of engineers, scientists, technicians, and machinists, whose vital skills represent the core capability for securing a recovery for the country.


(http://www.schillerinstitute.org/graphics/maps/Nawapa-detailed.gif)

Future additions to the interactive NAWAPA map will include estimates for labor and materials requirements for every element of the project, as well as complementary features of needed infrastructure, such high-speed and magnetically-levitated rail lines, nuclear power plants, and new cities. Input from experts knowledgeable in these and other relevant fields of study will be incorporated into the ongoing refinement of the map. The picture thus assembled, will define the parameters for a functioning physical economy, operating under a credit system reformed by a Glass-Steagall standard for regulated banking.

This visual representation of the NAWAPA concept is only a preliminary reference point for grasping the deeper implications of such a science-driver project, which will serve as the keystone for parallel projects in other parts of the world, as well as a revival of large-scale manned space exploration of the Moon and Mars. Combined with Lyndon LaRouche's latest writings on a true science of physical economy, as well as supplementary video material on the LaRouche PAC website, the NAWAPA map is a challenge to the American population to imagine what kind of future is possible, if we can rise above the cultural pessimism of recent decades, in order to make NAWAPA a reality beginning with the removal of President Obama from office.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2014 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: chris jones on January 16, 2015, 01:33:16 pm
 Restoring the USA intrastructure would effect the MIC profits, ruling class goals.
Thanks Jerry, yes there are solutions.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2014 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on January 16, 2015, 01:44:52 pm
http://biblehub.com/isaiah/24-5.htm

King James Bible
The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

God's Judgment on the Earth

1 Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.
2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.
3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.
4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.
5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
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21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.

22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.

23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2014 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on January 16, 2015, 03:54:08 pm
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+16%3A14-20&version=KJV
Mark 16:14-20 King James Version (KJV)

14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Title: Re: 2012 - 2014 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on January 16, 2015, 04:20:03 pm
http://biblehub.com/kjv/isaiah/45.htm
◄ Isaiah 45 ►

God Calls Cyrus

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5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.

7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

8 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.

9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?

10 Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?

11 Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.

12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2014 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: chris jones on January 17, 2015, 12:49:00 pm
  Deteroration of not only water  &  agricultural supplies,  and whole lot more.
  Sure they have solutions/CURES, sensible ones as Jerry mentioned. NOPE, they want the people grovleing. On bended knees pleading to Ole Gov for a solution.

 OFF topic a hair- Fat cats have allways been hell bent on creating disaster areas and then buying them up cheap. What was once considered poor areas (slums) are now high class big money. In  way it can be compered to real estate.
  DETROIT,, I'll probably be 6 feet under when this once famous industrial area is bought for chump change by the bloodsukers. 
 OFF again.-Energy, N.Telsa had the solution, but big dogs said, " If we can't put a meter on it we don't want it" 
  In a sense they are all relative, the same neocon goal.
                This is our land the FEDS work for us........Not since the day the music died..
 
 
Title: Re: 2012 - 2014 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on March 13, 2015, 12:16:52 pm
[ For fifty years the Calif congress has refused new dam's or increasing dam capacity and at the same time Jerry & Co invites more Mexicans/Latin Americans  to increase the population ... Who is going give them water? who is going to provide the electricity? The Food?  What jobs? Yes a light rail train in the new desert ..

http://www.limitstogrowth.org/?s=california+drought&submit.x=0&submit.y=0&submit=Search
(http://www.thirty-thousand.org/graphics/chart_CA_A.png)

(http://www.limitstogrowth.org/ltg-uploads/2015/02/LakeTahoe1footLowerDrought-500x334.jpg)
Below, Lake Tahoe, located on the border of California and Nevada, is one foot below normal, which opens up new territory for users of metal detectors.

(http://www.limitstogrowth.org/WEB-Graphics/californiaethnicprojection.jpg)

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?CA
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http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/RegionalDroughtMonitor.aspx?west
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http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-famiglietti-drought-california-20150313-story.html
Op-Ed California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?
By Jay Famiglietti
March 12, 2015, 6:25 PM

Given the historic low temperatures and snowfalls that pummeled the eastern U.S. this winter, it might be easy to overlook how devastating California's winter was as well..

As our “wet” season draws to a close, it is clear that the paltry rain and snowfall have done almost nothing to alleviate epic drought conditions. January was the driest in California since record-keeping began in 1895. Groundwater and snowpack levels are at all-time lows. We're not just up a creek without a paddle in California, we're losing the creek too.

Data from NASA satellites show that the total amount of water stored in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins — that is, all of the snow, river and reservoir water, water in soils and groundwater combined — was 34 million acre-feet below normal in 2014. That loss is nearly 1.5 times the capacity of Lake Mead, America's largest reservoir.

Statewide, we've been dropping more than 12 million acre-feet of total water yearly since 2011. Roughly two-thirds of these losses are attributable to groundwater pumping for agricultural irrigation in the Central Valley. Farmers have little choice but to pump more groundwater during droughts, especially when their surface water allocations have been slashed 80% to 100%. But these pumping rates are excessive and unsustainable. Wells are running dry. In some areas of the Central Valley, the land is sinking by one foot or more per year.

As difficult as it may be to face, the simple fact is that California is running out of water — and the problem started before our current drought. NASA data reveal that total water storage in California has been in steady decline since at least 2002, when satellite-based monitoring began, although groundwater depletion has been going on since the early 20th century.

 ...

Call me old-fashioned, but I'd like to live in a state that has a paddle so that it might also still have a creek.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2014 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on March 13, 2015, 12:59:39 pm
[ For fifty years the Calif congress has refused new dam's or increasing dam capacity and at the same time Jerry & Co invites more Mexicans/Latin Americans  to increase the population ... Who is going give them water? who is going to provide the electricity? The Food?  What jobs? Yes a light rail train in the new desert ..


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Below, Lake Tahoe, located on the border of California and Nevada, is one foot below normal, which opens up new territory for users of metal detectors.

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http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?CA
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Wow,  California is in deep crap.

  Hate to see Lake Tahoe dry up.  It is such a beautiful place.

  We're doing OK in Montana.  Hopefully, the Mexicans will keep out of here until California runs out water.  But most of my veggies come from California.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on April 01, 2015, 01:04:59 pm

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-snowpack-20150331-story.html
'Sierra Nada': Gov. Brown, water officials to measure 'dismal' snowpack
April 1, 2015, 5:55 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown will be on hand Wednesday as state officials take stock of what they expect to be historically abysmal levels of snowpack in the Sierra Nevada..

It's another foreboding sign for a state languishing in drought, as the wet season winds to a close.

Electronic readings taken this week at about 100 stations across the Sierra showed that the water content of the snow was only about 6% of the state average for April 1, the day on which snowpack is normally considered at its peak. Official manual readings will be announced Wednesday afternoon.
...

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/04/01/396780035/scary-times-for-california-farmers-as-snowpack-hits-record-lows
...
The snow supplies roughly a third of all of California's water, on average. The Sierra Nevada snowpack is supposed to be a storage bank. It holds the snow late into the spring that then melts gradually. The runoff feeds reservoirs that supply water for millions of people — and the Central Valley. This year, California's chief snow surveyor says, there may not even be runoff.

"That's our lifeblood up there," Schlitz says. "Whatever comes out of there, you know, that's our lifeblood."

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/RegionalDroughtMonitor.aspx?west
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Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on April 01, 2015, 02:17:23 pm
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-snowpack-20150331-story.html#page=1
Der Furher - Gov. Brown orders mandatory water restrictions in California
April 1, 2015, 11:55 AM|Reporting from Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Gov. Jerry Brown, standing on a patch of brown grass in the Sierra Nevada that is usually covered with several feet of snow at this time of year, on Wednesday announced the first mandatory water restrictions in California history..

"It's a different world," he said. "We have to act differently."

Brown was on hand Wednesday as state officials took stock of historically abysmal levels of snowpack in the Sierra Nevada amid the state's grinding drought.

DOCUMENT: Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order on drought

Brown ordered the California Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory restrictions to reduce water usage by 25%. The water savings are expected to amount to 1.5 million acre-feet of water over the next nine months.


Other elements of Brown's order would:

--Require golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscaped spaces to reduce water consumption.

--Replace 50 million square feet of lawn statewide with drought-tolerant landscaping as part of a partnership with local governments.

--Create a statewide rebate program to replace old appliances with more water- and energy-efficient ones.

--Require new homes to have water-efficient drip irrigation if developers want to use potable water for landscaping.

--Ban the watering of ornamental grass on public street medians.

--Call on water agencies to implement new pricing models that discourage excessive water use.

--Require agricultural to report more water usage information to the state so that regulators can better find waste and improper activities.

--Create a mechanism to enforce requirements that water districts report usage numbers to the state.


"It is such an unprecedented lack of snow," said Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey Program. He's been attending the snowpack measurements since 1987 and said he had never before seen the ground barren of snow on April 1. "It's way below the records."

It's another foreboding sign for a state languishing in drought as the wet season winds to a close.

Electronic readings on Wednesday at about 100 stations across the Sierra showed that the water content of the snow was only about 5% of the state average for April 1, the date on which snowpack is normally considered at its peak. Official manual readings will be announced Wednesday afternoon.

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http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2014/08/26/jerry-brown-to-mexican-illegals-you-re-all-welcome-in-ca/
Gov. Jerry Brown to Mexican Illegals: 'You're All Welcome in California'

by Tony Lee
26 Aug 2014

On Monday evening, California Governor Jerry Brown said all Mexicans, including illegal immigrants, are welcome in California.

http://blurbrain.com/california-moonbeam-jerry-brown-signs-lawlessness-into-law/
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Brown (D) signed eight bills Saturday, including one prohibiting local law enforcement officials from detaining immigrants longer than necessary for minor crimes so that federal immigration authorities can take custody of them.

Under the Trust Act, immigrants in this country illegally would have to be charged with or convicted of a serious offense to be eligible for a 48-hour hold and transfer to U.S. immigration authorities for possible deportation.

Read more at http://blurbrain.com/california-moonbeam-jerry-brown-signs-lawlessness-into-law/#5Fbyb9job3vBkA3Y.99
Title: Re: 2015 NAWAPA - Water Power Food & 7 million Jobs
Post by: jerryweaver on April 02, 2015, 09:13:30 am
Instead of this we did the 50 year war. Is it too late? Can the Anarcho- Capitalists do this project too?

http://archive.larouchepac.com/nawapa1964

Surveying the needed improvements in our nation, we see the collapse of our water resources and food supply are arguably the most pressing concerns, both immediately and in the longer term. NAWAPA XXI, an updated version of a project proposed by the Ralph Parsons Company in 1964, answers these needs.

NAWAPA XXI is a resource development plan for a continental water management system, built in collaboration with Canada and Mexico. This proposal will launch the greatest development of North America in history; it will double irrigated agricultural farmland, provide ample hydroelectric power, mitigate or eliminate the risk of floods and droughts, balance the continent's water distribution, and create 7 million highly skilled and highly productive jobs.

Such a plan is essential. Earlier prospects for nuclear desalination and continent-scale water management systems were sabotaged by the anti-growth and "environmentalist" policies of the 1960s and '70s, with results that now pose an immediate threat to our ability to supply the most basic of needs: food.

Short-term improvements can come from changing farm policy, regulating commodity speculation, and eliminating the destructive transformation of food into fuel. But shrinking water resources and diminishing groundwater supplies mean sharply reduced population potentials in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico in the future, unless NAWAPA XXI is built.
Title: Re: 2015 NAWAPA Why Water Conservation is NOT the Answer
Post by: jerryweaver on April 02, 2015, 09:55:08 am
Why Water Conservation is NOT the Answer
Water Need Not Be Scarce



http://www.infobarrel.com/New_Sources_of_Water_for_North_America

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Away with the idea of water scarcity! Down with the dismal doom-sayers who claim we have no more sources of water, and the best we can hope for is "conservation".   The truth is, there is plenty of water, in abundance, if only we look in the right places.  And, there are plans, already designed, engineered, and ready to go decades ago, that would double the amount of surface fresh water in the lower 48 states of the United States, and would mean millions of additional acres of irrigated land in Canada and Mexico.

The North American Water and Power Alliance (NAWAPA) was formally proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1964 by the Parsons Engineering Company.  And, had John F. Kennedy lived, there is no doubt that he would have enthusiastically supported it[1].   If we had launched it at that time, it would have been built and finished by 1990, and the entire western part of the U.S., which is still today a largely uninhabitable wasteland, would be teaming with life - animal, plant and human!

To understand the plan, it is necessary to know something about the pattern of precipitation on the North American continent.   One obvious feature is the "20 inch rainfall line", which approximately divides the United States in half.  In the eastern half, more than 20 inches of precipitation falls per year, and west of the line, the land receives less than 20 inches per year.    This is the rough demarcation line for the Great American Desert.

I wonder if Anarcho - Captitalism is the answer?

Why I'm So Optimistic - Ernest Hancock - Anarchapulco 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km67SLE-joY

http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=267211.msg1510315;topicseen#msg1510315

This Project is being CROWD FUNDED!And its is Breaking Ground this year!

(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/12/18/24264D6F00000578-2879730-image-a-1_1418938968877.jpg)

This is where the Money Went!!!

High-speed rail tapped state funds for unusual lobbying contract

http://www.mercurynews.com/california-high-speed-rail/ci_19881156

In an extremely unusual use of taxpayer money, the leaders behind California's $99 billion high-speed train quietly hired a lobbyist to sway the Legislature -- the same politicians who appointed them to build the project in the first place.

Documents filed this week show the California High-Speed Rail Authority last year paid $161,103 to one of the country's biggest public relations firms to lobby the state's politicians as they consider spending $2.7 billion to launch the polarizing bullet train project.

Rail officials paid the lobbyists by issuing debt that will total about $300,000 with interest. It must be paid back through California's impoverished general fund budget.

High-speed rail officials defended the spending as a "vital need" when their staff was too small. But both Democratic and Republican lawmakers and even die-hard bullet train backers decried the lobbying as a wasteful and unethical use of taxpayer funds, saying it essentially amounts to the state spending money to lobby itself.
http://www.mercurynews.com/california-high-speed-rail/ci_19881156


Freaking Anarchists  are doing what we have been paying Big Government for  .10 cents on the Dollar.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on April 02, 2015, 10:54:52 am
more about continental water supply ... NAWAPA  - When Americans were going to the Moon and Get'ner dun

http://factually.gizmodo.com/in-the-1960s-california-had-a-serious-plan-to-take-wate-1635066013
In the 1960s California had a serious plan to take water from Alaska

Alissa Walker
9/16/14 3:55pm
....
Forget the Los Angeles Aqueduct's measly 400 miles of water-moving. A proposal called North American Water and Power Alliance (NAWAPA) planned to divert water from Alaska south through the Rocky Mountains to Montana, where it would be directed to the headwaters of major river systems like the Colorado River. In addition, some water would be used to refill the Ogallala Reservoir in the Midwest and a fully navigable waterway would connect Western Canada to the Great Lakes. The plan would move 120 million acre-feet of water annually up to 3000 miles away.
...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MibzpJ54do
NAWAPA Part One

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0dsc-341O8
NAWAPA Part Two
Title: Re: 2015 NAWAPA - Water Power Food & 7 million Jobs
Post by: jerryweaver on April 02, 2015, 12:04:50 pm
more about continental water supply ... NAWAPA  - When Americans were going to the Moon and Get'ner dun


Looks like Amercans is still Get'ner DUN!!!

The Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 were launched and have been is service 6 years. No news on this because it shows the Kleptocracy that their day is over.
http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=267211.msg1510315#msg1510315

We can excuse the KLEPTOCRACY NOW!!! Bye Bye Liars and Thieves ...  Get outa the way !!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFZXl45N0m8

http://bigelowaerospace.com/about/

Bigelow Aerospace

http://bigelowaerospace.com/about/


Since 1999 our mission has been to provide affordable destinations for national space agencies and corporate clients. In 2006 and 2007, we launched our orbiting protoypes Genesis I and Genesis II.

We seek to assist human exploration and the discovery of beneficial resources, whether in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), on the moon, in deep space or on Mars.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: jerryweaver on April 02, 2015, 01:03:18 pm
The CA Elites get BUSTED spending all the money on Perks. This is why we have no water. They did the same thing on NAWAPA. Spent the funds on War, Cocaine, and Women. 


High-speed rail tapped state funds for unusual lobbying contract

http://www.mercurynews.com/california-high-speed-rail/ci_19881156

In an extremely unusual use of taxpayer money, the leaders behind California's $99 billion high-speed train quietly hired a lobbyist to sway the Legislature -- the same politicians who appointed them to build the project in the first place.

Documents filed this week show the California High-Speed Rail Authority last year paid $161,103 to one of the country's biggest public relations firms to lobby the state's politicians as they consider spending $2.7 billion to launch the polarizing bullet train project.

Rail officials paid the lobbyists by issuing debt that will total about $300,000 with interest. It must be paid back through California's impoverished general fund budget.

High-speed rail officials defended the spending as a "vital need" when their staff was too small. But both Democratic and Republican lawmakers and even die-hard bullet train backers decried the lobbying as a wasteful and unethical use of taxpayer funds, saying it essentially amounts to the state spending money to lobby itself.
http://www.mercurynews.com/california-high-speed-rail/ci_19881156


Freaking Anarchists  are doing what we have been paying Big Government for  .10 cents on the Dollar.


Bigelow Aerospace
Since 1999 our mission has been to provide affordable destinations for national space agencies and corporate clients. In 2006 and 2007, we launched our orbiting protoypes Genesis I and Genesis II.

We seek to assist human exploration and the discovery of beneficial resources, whether in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), on the moon, in deep space or on Mars.
http://bigelowaerospace.com/beam/
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Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop' was dismissed as a pipe dream that would never get off the ground. But now the billionaire's plans to shoot capsules of passengers along a tube at around the speed of sound may launch as soon as next year. Pictured is the proposed test track. The proposed route of the first  full-scale Hyperloop follows Interstate 5, which runs through the agriculture-rich Central Valley in California. It would take seven to ten years to build.
Musk put the price tag at around $6.2 billion (£4 billion_ but pointed out that that is around one-tenth of the projected cost of a high-speed rail system that California has been planning to build.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2970909/The-Hyperloop-coming-Elon-Musk-s-radical-plan-let-people-travel-760-mph-tubes-tested-California-year.html#ixzz3W9oLwafr
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Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on April 02, 2015, 01:25:56 pm
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-snowpack-20150331-story.html#page=1


Gov. Brown orders California's first mandatory water restrictions: 'It's a different world'


Standing in a brown field that would normally be smothered in several feet of snow, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered cities and towns across California to cut water use by 25% as part of a sweeping set of mandatory drought restrictions, the first in state history.

The directive comes more than a year after Brown asked for a 20% voluntary cut in water use that most parts of the state have failed to attain, even as one of the most severe modern droughts drags into a fourth year. It also came on the day that water officials measured the lowest April 1 snowpack in more than 60 years of record-keeping in the Sierra Nevada.

Wearing hiking shoes and a windbreaker in an area that normally requires cross-country skis this time of year, Brown announced the executive order in a Sierra Nevada meadow that provided a dramatic illustration of the state's parched conditions.


“We're standing on dry grass,” Brown said. “We should be standing on five feet of snow.”

Emphasizing that the drought could persist, Brown said Californians must change their water habits. “It's a different world,” he said. “We have to act differently.”
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on April 02, 2015, 01:33:06 pm
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/04/02/gov-jerry-brown-battling-california-water-crisis-created-by-his-father-gov-pat-brown/

Jerry Brown battles Calif. water crisis created by his father, Gov. Pat Brown


  Excerpt from the article below....

Gov Pat Brown succeeded — and created a nightmare. The population of California in 1959 was about 15 million. Today, about 39 million people live there, and they’re all thirsty. Meanwhile, some of them have thirsty crops. Really thirsty ones: Agriculture uses 80 percent of the state’s water. Reisner, whose 500-plus page “Cadillac Desert” described California’s water dilemma in painstaking detail more than 20 years ago, summarized the problem — explained to Pat Brown by a city engineer in the late 1950s.

“When you added a couple of lanes to a freeway or built a new bridge, cars came out of nowhere to fill them,” Reisner wrote. “It was the same with water: the more you developed, the more growth occurred, and the faster demand grew. California was now hitched to a runaway locomotive.”

Faced with historic drought, Brown’s son Jerry must now find a way to slow that locomotive down. He’s ordered cities and towns to cut water use by 25 percent, but some wondered whether his plan was a Band-Aid on a gaping wound.

“We fear he did not go far enough,” the U-T San Diego editorialized. “… Our biggest concern is that there continues to be little concentrated focus on long-term drought solutions, such as seawater desalination, water reclamation and reuse, and infrastructure to increase storage capacity.”

The paper added: “Do the top officials in California really think this is the last California drought?”

Son Jerry can’t. As environmentally conscious “Governor Moonbeam” the first time round — from 1975 to 1983 — he supported the final phase of his father’s plans. “He did it for the old man,” some said.

“Through an irony some found delicious,” Reisner wrote, “the person who took it upon himself to complete the project that Pat Brown had left unfinished was none other than the apostle of the ‘era of limits,’ the first politician to proclaim that ‘small is beautiful’ and ‘less is more’: Jerry Brown.”


But it was the father who helped bring an intractable problem to the state that the son must now solve.

“Some of my advisers came to me and said, ‘Now governor, don’t bring the water to the people, let the people go to the water,’” Pat Brown said in 1979. “‘That’s a desert down there. Ecologically, it can’t sustain the number of people that will come if you bring the water project in there.’”

Pat Brown concluded: “I don’t want all these people to go to Northern California.”
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on April 09, 2015, 12:55:07 pm
http://www.sonymoviechannel.com/movies/dogtown-and-z-boys
Dogtown Z-Boys ....
(http://www.sonymoviechannel.com/sites/default/files/movies/photos/zboys_stl_6_h_8x10.jpg)

[ fyi -  notice any "fat kids" here? nope ... unheard of in my day ... there might be ONE in a thirty kid class ... ]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z-Boys
...
The mid-1970s brought a major drought to Southern California that parched Los Angeles. This drought brought on severe water restrictions, forcing many pool owners in the well-to-do neighborhoods to leave their swimming pools drained.

The Z-Boys saw opportunity, and like the Del Mar Nationals, they moved right in. They would drive through neighborhoods scouting for empty or semi-empty pools. They would even scout from high ridgelines. When they found a pool, they would sneak in and drain the remaining water in the pool so they could skate it. They even went as far as to bringing in their own hoses and water pumps just to clear out the dank water that collected in the pool's bottom.

The Z-Boys crew took their surf style of skating to the empty pools. Every day, each skater would try something new, pushing themselves and each other. They would skate the sides of the pool, closer and closer to the pool's coping as they got better. This was the birth of vertical skating, and it became the basis for skateboarding and many of the extreme sports seen today.[citation needed] One day during a skating session in the fall of 1977 in a pool nicknamed "the Dogbowl" in Santa Monica, the "eureka" moment arrived. Tony Alva pushed more and more on the coping until his board completely cleared the edge of the pool. He then twisted, doing a 180 degree turn and landed back in the pool, completing the very first aerial. This revolutionized skateboarding and many extreme sports. Many of the tricks performed on skateboards, and later snowboards, wakeboards, rollerblades and BMX bikes, would be performed in midair from that point on. The Z-Boys and their "Dogtown" style revived skateboarding, which had been on a major down-hill slump since the mid-1960s.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3031492/River-closings-drought-friendly-car-washes-barren-ski-resorts-signs-drought-stricken-California-reveal-change-underway.html

Where will they cool off now? Californians demolish their back yard swimming pools thanks to record drought as they face mandatory reduction in water use

California Governor Jerry Brown ordered a 25% cutback in water use by cities and towns in the state on Wednesday
Photos taken on Wednesday show the ongoing drought is already taking its toll on once technicolor landscapes
Signs showing river closings and offering drought friendly services signal that change is already underway   
The crackdown comes as California and its nearly 40 million residents move toward a fourth summer of drought
State reservoirs have a year's worth of water and with record low snowfall there won't be much to replenish them
...

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Dried up: A 'River Closed' sign is posted on the Truckee River which has dried up because of lack of water at Lake Tahoe, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California on Wedneday
By Associated Press and Reuters and Alexandra Klausner For Dailymail.com and Ted Thornhill for MailOnline
Published: 00:58 EST, 9 April 2015  | Updated: 09:44 EST, 9 April 2015

Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on April 20, 2015, 03:21:50 pm
(http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/data/pngs/20150414/20150414_ca_none.png)
April 14, 2015 (Released Thursday April 16, 2015)

(http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/data/pngs/20150414/20150414_west_none.png)
At the end of the week, the statewide snow water equivalent stood at 5% of average and Extreme (D3) to Exceptional Drought (D4) again covered two-thirds of the state.

'
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Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on June 14, 2015, 09:24:21 am
Just in time for "fire season"

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/RegionalDroughtMonitor.aspx?west
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The NCEI (formerly NCDC) May 2015 precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was the wettest May and month of any month in the 121-years of record keeping.

State-wise, it was the wettest May in Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado, and one of the top 5 wettest Mays in Utah, Kansas, Wyoming, Arkansas, and South Dakota. With those statistics  it is not surprising that nearly all drought from late March has been eliminated in the Plains, Midwest, and central Gulf Coast. In addition, wet spring weather in the Great Basin and Four Corners Region has continued into June, necessitating improvements to parts of these areas. During this week, stalled or slow-moving cold fronts in the north-central Plains and along the southern Atlantic and eastern Gulf Coasts triggered scattered showers and thunderstorms, some locally heavy, in parts of the northern and central Plains, upper Midwest, central Corn Belt, and from the Delmarva Peninsula southward into Florida.  ...
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on June 14, 2015, 10:31:55 am
^^^^^^

  Well that map is starting to get scary for Montanans even though I am sitting 500 ft from a beautiful river.

  We have Ponderosa Pines over 150 feet tall here.

  Now the potatoes of Idaho are in danger.

  I still believe that some of this is manufactured TO TRY TO LESSEN THE EFFECTS OF FUKUSHIMA.  I posted an article a few weeks ago that said that the US is going to get 80% of the radiation that Japan has from Fukusima by next year.  I think the are using HAARP and chemtrails to try to stop this radiation from getting here by the clouds but as we know the winds go from east to west---generally.

  COULD THE EFFECTS OF FUKUSHIMA EVENTUALLY KILL US ALL?  Stay tuned.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on June 15, 2015, 09:55:28 am
Salton sea evaporating into nothing - to create salt dust storms ...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/californias-largest-lake-is-slipping-away-amid-an-epic-drought/2015/05/28/e83dd136-fe51-11e4-833c-a2de05b6b2a4_story.html
California’s largest lake is slipping away amid an epic drought
By Todd C. Frankel May 28 2015
,,,.

Allowing the Salton Sea to shrink unabated would be catastrophic, experts say. Dried lake bed, called playa, is lighter and flies farther than ordinary soil. Choking clouds of particulate matter driven by powerful desert winds could seed health problems for 650,000 people as far away as Los Angeles. The effects would be even worse along the lake, where communities already fail federal air-quality standards and suffer the highest asthma rates in the state
...
The Imperial Valley gets 70 percent of California’s annual allotment of water from the Colorado River. How the water is shared is spelled out by the Law of the River, drafted in 1922.

For decades, the water seemed endless. California often took even more than it was entitled to, and no one particularly cared. Farmers in the Imperial Valley treated the water like a cheap birthright. They flooded fields. They didn’t worry about conservation.
...
If nothing is done, the lake’s water level will plummet 20 feet in the next 15 years, according to projections. Salinity will triple. The last of the fish will die off. And so will many of the birds.

And 100 square miles of lake bed will be exposed. The dust will be devastating.

All the sea needs is more water. But that’s what everyone needs. It’s a zero-sum game.

“We’re taking water from one pot and putting it in another,” Wilcox said.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on June 15, 2015, 10:05:25 am
http://www.businessinsider.com/californias-relentless-drought-has-taken-a-dire-turn-2015-6
California's 'relentless' drought has taken a dire turn
Jun. 12, 2015, 11:30 PM


... state regulators on Friday ordered farmers and others who hold some of the strongest water rights in the state to stop all pumping from three major waterways in one of country's prime farm regions.

The order involving record cuts by senior water rights holders in the Sacramento, San Joaquin, and delta watersheds followed mandatory water curtailment earlier this year to cities and towns and to farmers with less ironclad water rights

The waterways targeted Friday in the order by the State Water Resources Control Board provide water to farms and cities in the agriculture-rich Central Valley and beyond.

Economists and agriculture experts say growing of some crops will shift in the short-term to regions with more water, so the water cuts are expected to have little immediate impact on food prices.

The curtailment order applies to 114 entities — including individual landowners and water districts serving farmers and small communities — with claims dating back to 1914 or before.

It will force thousands of water users in the state to tap groundwater, buy water at rising costs, use previously stored water, or go dry.
...

California water law was built around preserving the water rights of those who staked claims to waterways more than a century ago or have property that abuts the rivers and streams.

Water regulators had spared the senior rights holders until now but warn that still more cuts will be coming for farmers and others in weeks to follow.


People ordered Friday to cut back have water rights going back to 1903. Officials say they have rights to an estimated 1.2 million acre-feet for a year — more than a dozen times San Francisco's annual use — but the officials do not know how much the curtailments will save this summer.

"We are now at the point where demand in our system is outstripping supply for even the most senior water rights holders," said Caren Trgovcich, chief deputy director of the water board.

...
Jeanne Zolezzi, an attorney for two small irrigation districts serving farmers in the San Joaquin area, says she plans to go to court next week to stop the board's action.

She said her clients include small family farms that grow permanent crops such as apricots and walnuts, and have no back-up supplies in wells or reservoirs.

"A lot of trees would die, and a lot of people would go out of business," said Zolezzi. "We are not talking about a 25% cut like imposed on urban. This is a 100% cut, no water supplies."


...
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/californias-relentless-drought-has-taken-a-dire-turn-2015-6#ixzz3d8xudsrg
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: egypt on June 15, 2015, 11:43:40 am
It shows the mindset of "destruction humanity."  Instead of the financial black hole of wars that our money is poured into, we should be addressing the cause of no water.  And, water systems should be developed for the crops - at all costs!

So, what about the chemtrailing off the pacific coast that prevents the rain from coming inland to California, Oregon and Washington?

People are so into this idea of water austerity.  The dumb-downed's seem to think if you use water it is gone forever, never to return.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on June 21, 2015, 10:22:16 pm
http://www.inquisitr.com/2189544/lake-fire-spreading-due-to-california-drought-and-bark-beetle-infestation/

  THERE ARE GOING TO BE A LOT MORE FIRES LIKE THIS ONE THIS YEAR.  IT GETS DRIER AND DRIER EACH YEAR.


Lake Fire Spreading Due To California Drought And Bark Beetle Infestation


(http://cdn.inquisitr.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Lake-Fire-665x385.jpg)


The first major forest fire of the season has hit California, it has been named the Lake Fire Wildfire.

The fire began June 17, 2015, and has been spreading since then. The stats, as of 8 p.m. Saturday, say that approximately 16,000 acres have been burned with 500 structures threatened. Almost 2,000 personnel are assigned to the fire and it remains only 15 percent contained.

Lake Fire has shown no obvious cause, it is under investigation.

Normally, the high humidity levels at this time of year would be a great help to firefighters in the case of a wildfire. Unfortunately, humidity levels that would usually be between 50 and 100 percent are sticking to about 10 percent.

With the lack of rain, dry wood and dead leaves are proving to be potent fuel for Lake Fire.

“It makes a dry situation an incendiary situation,” said William Patzert, employee of the Jet Propulsion Lab in La Cañada Flintridge. “We expect June gloom, we don’t expect these crushing high-pressure systems which are more usual in late summer, fall…. This is all part of the drought pattern.”

That means this wildfire season could be one of the worst for California in years. Already, Lake Fire is one of the largest fires seen in this terrain for a century. It’s not just because of the drought, either.

Also to blame for the raging fire is a bark beetle infestation.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZqaOLfD.jpg)


The L.A. Times reported on a survey completed by the U.S. Forest Service.

Over 4 million acres of trees were studied and the survey found that roughly 2 million trees were dead and dried up because of the beetle infestation.

Liz Brown, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, summed it up.

“The tree kill, that also has played into why these really thick trees that normally would be able to survive fires really just aren’t able to right now.”

Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on June 22, 2015, 11:39:17 am
they have been planning this since 2008 20x2020 :  Part of this plan and in law is to meter EVERY water source by 2025!!!

http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/water_issues/hot_topics/20x2020/docs/20x2020plan.pdf

http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/water_issues/hot_topics/20x2020/
20x2020 Agency Team on Water Conservation

On February 28, 2008 Governor Schwarzenegger wrote to leadership of the California State Senate, outlining key elements of a comprehensive solution to problems in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The first element on the Governor's list was “a plan to achieve a 20 percent reduction in per capita water use statewide by 2020.” In March 2008 the 20x2020 Agency Team was convened to develop a plan to achieve a 20 percent reduction in per capita urban water use statewide by 2020. The final 20x2020 Water Conservation Plan, dated February 2010, has been released.

About 20x2020

The 20x2020 Water Conservation Plan sets forth a statewide road map to maximize the state’s urban water efficiency and conservation opportunities between 2009 and 2020, and beyond. It aims to set in motion a range of activities designed to achieve the 20 percent per capita reduction in urban water demand by 2020. These activities include improving an understanding of the variation in water use across California, promoting legislative initiatives that incentivize water agencies to promote water conservation, and creating evaluation and enforcement mechanisms to assure regional and statewide goals are met. The 20x2020 Plan discusses these many activities in detail.

The draft of this plan served as a basis for legislation that was enacted in November 2009 to incorporate into law (Senate Bill X7 7) the goal to achieve a 20 percent reduction in urban per capita water use in California by 2020. Urban water suppliers are required to establish water conservation targets for the years 2015 and 2020. One of the alternative approaches specified in the law that water suppliers can use for their local targets is based on the regional targets in the April 30, 2009 draft 20x2020 Water Conservation Plan. The regional targets in the final plan are the same as in the draft.

| - - - -

http://www.mercurynews.com/drought/ci_26482196/california-homes-lack-water-meters-during-drought
California homes lack water meters during drought
...
State law requires water meters by 2025, but the State Water Resources Control Board says dozens of water districts, many in the thirsty Central Valley, aren't totally metered.
...
All new homes built since 1992 in California were required to have water meters, and in 2004, a state law called for retrofitting the rest by 2025, except those in the smallest water districts.

ftp://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/03-04/bill/asm/ab_2551-2600/ab_2572_cfa_20040416_140929_asm_comm.html
    ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS
                                  Lou Correa, Chair
                    AB 2572 (Kehoe) - As Amended:  April 12, 2004
           
          SUBJECT  :   Water meters.


      SUMMARY  :   Requires urban water suppliers to install water 
          meters by 2025 on all service connections constructed before 
          1992.  Specifically,  this bill  : 

          1)Requires urban water suppliers not already covered by Water 
            Code 111, to install water meters on all municipal and 
            industrial water service connections by January 1, 2025.

          2)Requires urban water suppliers to charge customers who have 
            meters installed on the volume of deliveries, by January 1, 
            2010.

          3)Requires that, from January 1, 2010 on, an urban water 
            supplier that applies for state financial assistance for a 
            wastewater treatment project or a water-use efficiency 
            project, or for a permit for a new or expanded water supply, 
            must demonstrate that the applicant meets specified 
            requirements.

          4)Requires that, from January 1, 2015 on, an urban water 
            supplier that applies for state financial assistance for a 
            wastewater treatment project or a water-use efficiency 
            project, or for a permit for a new or expanded water supply, 
            must demonstrate that the applicant meets specified 
            requirements. 

          5)Authorizes an urban water supplier to recover the cost of 
            purchasing and installing meters from rates, fees, or charges.

          6)Authorizes an urban water supplier to implement measures to 
            comply with this bill, regardless of any local ordinances to 
            the contrary.

          7)Gives any water purveyor that is not an urban water supplier 
            by 2005, but becomes one later, ten years to have water meters 
            installed on all service connections and five years to charge 
            customers on the volume of deliveries

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=wat&group=00001-01000&file=525-529.7
...
527.  (a) An urban water supplier that is not subject to Section 526
shall do both of the following:
   (1) Install water meters on all municipal and industrial service
connections located within its service area on or before January 1,
2025.
   (2) (A) Charge each customer that has a service connection for
which a water meter has been installed based on the actual volume of
deliveries as measured by the water meter, beginning on or before
January 1, 2010.
   (B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), in order to provide
customers with experience in volume-based water service charges, an
urban water supplier that is subject to this subdivision may delay,
for one annual seasonal cycle of water use, the use of meter-based
charges for service connections that are being converted from
nonvolume-based billing to volume-based billing.
   (b) A water purveyor, including an urban water supplier, may
recover the cost of providing services related to the purchase,
installation, and operation of a water meter from rates, fees, or
charges.

| - - -
http://ww2.kqed.org/science/2014/03/10/california-communities-that-pay-a-flat-rate-for-water-use-more-of-it/
...

All homes and business in California are required to have water meters by 2025, according to a law signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. But, Rogers adds, there are other types of water users in California that don’t have meters and don’t fall under that law, including farms and individual units in apartment buildings.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on June 24, 2015, 10:58:39 am

  date---6-24-2015

  from rense.com

  PICTURE OF LAKE SHASTA, CALIFORNIA....

(http://www.rense.com/1.imagesH/LakeShastaCalifornia.jpg)
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on June 24, 2015, 11:01:27 am
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/06/24/lake-mead-low-water-shortage/29202475/

Lake Mead sinks to record low, risking 2016 water shortage

Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on June 24, 2015, 11:15:56 am
http://www.mercurynews.com/drought/ci_28372207/california-drought-support-grows-bay-area-toilet-tap


  California Drought: Support grows in the San Francisco Bay Area for toilet to tap water
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on June 24, 2015, 11:19:40 am
http://www.cadrought.com/historic-drought-regulations-350-million-in-incentives-boost-lawn-removals/


JUNE 10, 2015
BY STEVE SCAUZILLO

Historic drought regulations, $350 million in incentives boost lawn removals
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on June 24, 2015, 11:21:29 am
http://www.cadrought.com/californias-drought-is-killing-redwood-trees/


MAY 29, 2015
BY STEVE SCAUZILLO

California’s drought is killing redwood trees


(http://www.cadrought.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/AR-150529639.jpg)
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on June 24, 2015, 11:26:45 am
http://www.kcra.com/news/local-news/news-sierra/nearly-15000-acres-burned-south-of-lake-tahoe/33730468

Nearly 15,000 acres burned south of Lake Tahoe

(http://www.kcra.com/image/view/-/33730620/medRes/1/-/maxh/460/maxw/620/-/l9h780z/-/Markleeville-Fire-jpg.jpg)
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: iamc2 on June 24, 2015, 01:19:46 pm
Weather Modification---all day long!

these Nazi Bastards will BURN the Earth...and enjoy doing it!

They are INSANE and running wild on our home: planet Earth!
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on July 01, 2015, 09:29:00 am
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/07/01/californias-burning-again-as-droughts-vicious-circle-takes-its-toll/

  Cool video at the link.....more at the link



California’s burning again as drought’s vicious cycle takes its toll


Everything in nature is connected, which is great when nature is kind. But when it’s cruel, it brings us California, circa 2015.

The worst California drought in recorded history has stressed out the trees. That makes them more vulnerable, for example, to bark beetles, which suck out their sap and kill them by the million. The dead trees produce fuel for wildfires, which in turn are harder to fight because the state’s reservoirs are depleted, which means fire-fighting helicopters have to fly further and further away to refill their tanks, which gives the fires more time to spread.

California has wildfires every year. But with the drought, the fires started earlier this year. It’s not unusual for the Eastern Sierra area of California to see snow during a typical February. What is highly unusual is having one of the largest wildfires of the year during that month, destroying 40 homes and kicking off a historically early wildfire season.

Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on July 01, 2015, 09:32:35 am
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/08/28/californias-drought-what-losing-63-million-gallons-of-water-looks-like/

  Story at the link....

California’s drought: What losing 63 trillion gallons of water looks like


  Picture of Lake Oroville near Oroville, California.

(https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://img.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2014/08/453834506.jpg&w=1484)
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on August 05, 2015, 11:07:21 pm

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/06/us/rocky-fire-in-california-defies-expectations-and-defenses.html?_r=0

Çalifornia Fire, Aided by Drought, Defies Tactics to Defeat It


LAKEPORT, Calif. — As firefighters on Wednesday embarked on their sixth day of battling the largest of the many wildfire s that have flared across the state, fire officials said the Rocky Fire, which has grown to consume nearly 70,000 acres here in the northern reaches of wine country, was still nowhere near under control and may not be until perhaps Monday.

The Rocky Fire, which was impeded slightly by humid overnight conditions, has already defied firefighters’ expectations for how such blazes typically behave, and has crossed highways, fire lines and other barriers meant to contain it. Feeding on tinder-dry terrain and woodlands that have been parched by drought, the Rocky Fire is now 106 square miles and has forced the evacuation of 1,480 people; about 13,000 have been urged to leave their homes.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: larsonstdoc on August 05, 2015, 11:09:19 pm
http://www.wired.com/2015/08/one-way-fight-californias-drought-desalting-ocean/

ONE WAY TO FIGHT CALIFORNIA’S DROUGHT: DESALT THE OCEAN

Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on August 05, 2015, 11:21:34 pm
(http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/data/jpg/20150728/20150728_west_trd.jpg)

Looking Ahead

Monsoon showers and thunderstorms will bring rain to the Southwest during July 30-August 5, while frontal rains will moisten parts of the country east of the Rockies. A tenth of an inch or more of rain, with locally 2+ inches, is expected across the Southwest and into the southern Plains. A quarter of an inch to locally over an inch is forecast to fall from the central Plains to the Northeast and parts of the Southeast, with parts of Florida expecting locally 4+ inches.

It will be dry across much of northern California and the Pacific Northwest, as well as the Mid-Mississippi Valley, and into the Northern Rockies.

Near- to cooler-than-normal temperatures shift to the Great Lakes, while hotter-than-normal temperatures return to the Northwest and continue over the South
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on August 21, 2015, 11:59:02 am
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/RegionalDroughtMonitor.aspx?west

(http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/data/jpg/20150818/20150818_west_trd.jpg)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/wildfires-wreak-havoc-drought-choked-western-states-33204262
Wildfires Wreak Havoc in Drought-Choked Western States
Aug 20, 2015, 6:25 PM ET
By The Associated Press
The blazes took a deadly turn in Washington state, where three firefighters were killed and four more injured.

A look at large wildfires burning in several Western states:

———

WASHINGTON

Authorities say three firefighters died after their vehicle crashed and was apparently caught by a "hellstorm" of flames as they battled a blaze in Washington state. Four other firefighters were injured near Twisp.

...

CALIFORNIA

There were 15 wildfires burning in California, with more than 11,000 firefighters on the front lines as crews contend with abnormally high temperatures for the season and drought-stressed fuels that haven't burned in 30 years.

...
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: Brocke on December 05, 2015, 08:07:30 am
Is Climate Change Our Biggest Problem?

Droughts have not increased since 1950!
https://youtu.be/Sgm3QOWt6Tc?t=68

Is man-made climate change our biggest problem? Are the wildfires, droughts and hurricanes we see on the news an omen of even worse things to come? The United Nations and many political leaders think so and want to spend trillions of tax dollars to reverse the warming trend. Are they right? Will the enormous cost justify the gain? Economist Bjorn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, explains the key issues and reaches some sobering conclusions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgm3QOWt6Tc



Until people who want to know and share the truth stop believing the main stream media they will continue to chase their tails.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on December 06, 2015, 05:06:52 pm
Manmade weather warfare droughts are a big problem in California ...

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/RegionalDroughtMonitor.aspx?west
December 1, 2015
(http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/data/pngs/20151201/20151201_west_none.png)

The West

During the past week, average temperatures were well below normal across much of the West with the exception of southeastern Arizona, western New Mexico, and parts of Colorado. Elsewhere, record low temperatures were reported in California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. In the Sierras, light-to-moderate snowfall accumulations (generally less than nine inches) were observed late last week and into the weekend.

Across the West, current snowpack conditions are above normal in portions of the central Sierra, Great Basin ranges, southeastern and southwestern Utah, and in areas of the southern Rockies. Below normal snowpack conditions are present in the Uintah and Wasatch of Utah, across much of the northern Rockies, and in the Cascades of Oregon and Washington.

On this week’s map, improvements were made in areas of Moderate Drought (D1) in northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico where drought-related conditions continue to abate as nearly all objective indicators point toward improvement. This week’s removal of the remaining area of Moderate Drought (D1) marks the first time New Mexico has been out of drought on the map since November 23, 2010. It should be emphasized, however, that the managed hydrologic systems have not fully recovered and that some of the state’s reservoirs remain below normal. In central and west-central Utah, areas of Moderate Drought (D1) and Severe Drought (D2) saw minor improvements as slow recovery in these areas continues. In central Utah, NRCS SNOTEL stations are reporting slightly above average snowpack conditions to date. In the central Rockies of Colorado, areas of Abnormally Dry (D0) were reduced as early season snowpack data supports improvement.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on July 10, 2016, 03:40:45 pm
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/RegionalDroughtMonitor.aspx?west
(http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/data/jpg/20160705/20160705_west_trd.jpg)

Gee maybe the developers of L.A. and Las Vegas went TOO FAR .... (but Sen. Reid is happy )

http://www.latimes.com/nation/
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-sej-colorado-river-20160703-snap-story.html
Facing historically low levels, Lake Mead officials are fending off a water war. Here's how
William Yardley
July 6, 2016, 9:05 AM

This may be what the start of a water war looks like.

Drought is draining the West’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead, to historic low levels. Forecasts say climate change will make things worse. Headlines warn of water shortages and cutbacks. Members of Congress are moving to protect their states’ supplies.

Yet if war is really imminent, why is one of the region’s most experienced water managers doing the same thing he has done for years: tinkering?

“I like to describe this as another incremental step,” said Tom Buschatzke, director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

Buschatzke was talking about a plan he is helping develop, along with water managers in California, Nevada and Mexico, that would voluntarily reduce water allocations from the Colorado River to those three states and Mexico. They hope to have it in place in time to avoid steeper, mandatory cuts that could begin as soon as 2018.

Would their plan change everything? Would it finally fix the increasingly inadequate blend of canals, conservation and compromises that somehow keeps water flowing to more than 25 million people, including a substantial chunk of those in Southern California?

Not even close.
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on January 26, 2017, 01:46:44 pm
What I find really interesting are the weather changes since November when Trump was elected ...
All of a sudden the weather streams have pushed into the West ... resulting in massive snow accumulations .. hmmm . Was Harrp put offline ?


http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/RegionalDroughtMonitor.aspx?west
(http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/data/jpg/20170124/20170124_west_trd.jpg)

Drought is over but the aquifers need to recharge ... and that takes years. 

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-drought-monitor-20170126-story.html
In a major improvement, nearly half of California is no longer in a drought

By Matt Stevens
January 26, 2017, 8:25 AM
Continued rain and snow across California has lifted nearly half of the state out of drought, according to an analysis released Thursday.

Just over 51% of California remains in “moderate” to “extreme” drought, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported. By comparison, more than 95% of the state was listed as being in some form of drought a year ago.

And in another positive development, none of the state was listed as being in “exceptional drought” — a condition that had affected portions of Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Kern counties as recently as a month ago. 

Perhaps the most striking change to the color-coded map was the near disappearance of bright red, which signifies "extreme drought." The map showed only 2% of the state as being in extreme drought Thursday, compared with nearly a quarter of the state just a week ago.

Since California’s “water year” began in October with above-average precipitation, the state has enjoyed continued wet weather that has gradually improved its drought outlook.

The weekly release of the U.S. Drought Monitor map has largely reflected those improvements, with perhaps the biggest shift coming two weeks ago, when almost all of Northern California was declared not only to be out of drought, but also to be showing no signs of “abnormal dryness.”

...
Title: Re: 2012 - 2015 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on February 12, 2017, 07:24:39 pm
What could go wrong ... Emergency Spill way may fail at Oroville Dam :

http://www.kcra.com/article/evacuation-orders-issued-for-low-levels-of-oroville/8735215

Evacuation orders issued for low levels of Oroville


'Hazardous situation' has developed with Oroville Dam emergency spillway
Updated: 5:18 PM PST Feb 12, 2017
KCRA Staff

OROVILLE, Calif. (KCRA) —

An evacuation has been ordered for low-lying levels of Oroville and several areas downstream from Lake Oroville, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said.

"Officials are anticipating a failure of the Auxiliary Spillway at Oroville Dam within the next 60 minutes (5:45 p.m.)," the California Department of Water Resources said on Facebook.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddpl1zl5sYg
When the Levee Breaks Lyrics
Published on Oct 19, 2013

When the Levee Breaks Lyrics - Led Zeppelin

If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break
If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break
When the levee breaks I'll have no place to stay


Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan
Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan
Got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home
Oh, well, oh, well, oh, well

Don't it make you feel bad
When you're tryin' to find your way home
You don't know which way to go?
If you're goin' down South
They got no work to do
If you're going North to Chicago.

Cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good... no
Cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move


All last night sat on the levee and moaned
All last night sat on the levee and moaned
Thinkin' about my baby and my happy home

Going, going to Chicago.. Going to Chicago..
Sorry but I can't take you..
Going down.. going down now.. going down...

Title: Re: 2012 - 2018 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl
Post by: TahoeBlue on November 13, 2018, 04:24:26 pm
https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/
Map released: November 8, 2018
Data valid: November 6, 2018 | Author: David Simeral, Western Regional Climate Center

(https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/data/jpg/20181106/20181106_usdm.jpg)

 West

On this week?s map, conditions degraded in areas across central and northern California, western Nevada, and southern Oregon where the warm and dry pattern has persisted. In northern-central California and southwestern Oregon, the combination of long-term precipitation deficits, agricultural impacts, poor soil moisture, well below-normal streamflow levels, and groundwater issues led to the introduction of an area of Extreme Drought (D3). Additionally, areas of Moderate Drought (D1) and Severe Drought (D2) expanded in northwestern California where streamflow is below the 10th percentile, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. In the Sierra Nevada Range, the combination of short-term dryness, lack of snowfall, and warm temperatures led to the introduction of Abnormally Dry (D0).
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http://www.english.illinois.edu/Maps/depression/dustbowl.htm
The [ DROUGHT } Dust Bowl of the 1930s lasted about a decade. Its primary area of impact was on the southern Plains. The northern Plains were not so badly effected, but nonetheless

Timeline of The Dust Bowl

1931     Severe drought hits the midwestern and southern plains. As the crops die, the 'black blizzards" begin. Dust from the over-plowed and over-grazed land begins to blow.
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1938     The extensive work re-plowing the land into furrows, planting trees in shelterbelts, and other conservation methods has resulted in a 65 percent reduction in the amount of soil blowing. However, the drought continued.


1939     In the fall, the rain comes, finally bringing an end to the drought. During the next few years, with the coming of World War II, the country is pulled out of the Depression and the plains once again become golden with wheat.