Daily Bread in Days of Drought

17 Jul by

According to a new report released by the National Climatic Data Center today, the 2012 drought disaster is now the largest in over 50 years, and among the ten largest of the past century. Only the extraordinary droughts of the 1930s and 1950s have covered more land area than the current drought. 55 percent of the contiguous United States was under moderate to extreme drought in June.

Last Thursday, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture declared 1,000 counties in 26 states disaster areas because of drought.

Here in Indiana, some parts of the state had the driest month of June on record. Indianapolis had less than 1/1oth of an inch of rain during the month. Burn bans have been in place since Memorial Day and now cover the entire state, and many municipalities have now put watering bans in place.

Forecast for this week here: Most days in the mid-90′s with heat advisories, cooling off to the upper 80′s. There’s only a small chance for scattered showers on any given day.

Today the blower motor on our central air conditioning went out. It has run constantly for two months.

They say we need 4-6 inches of rain over a two-week period just to bring us back to our normal hot, dry summer conditions.

Last week, 22 people in Chicago died from heat-related causes.

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