This weeks national drought monitor doesn't look too encouraging for the midwest. Drought map shows widespread intensification over the central United States. Here's the latest. . .
Jul 26, 2012
"The July 24 U.S. Drought Monitor showed widespread intensification of drought through the middle of the country, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln." "The map also set a record for the fourth straight week for the area in moderate drought or worse in the 12-year history of the U.S. Drought Monitor ".
"The July 24 map put 53.44 percent of the United States and Puerto Rico in moderate drought or worse, up from 53.17 percent the week before; 38.11 percent in severe drought or worse, compared with 35.32 a week earlier; 17.2 percent in extreme drought or worse, compared with 11.32 percent the week before; and 1.99 percent in exceptional drought, up from .83 percent the preceding week ".
The worst part of all this, is the dent in the pocket book for the average consumer. The prices for groceries that depend on corn and other crops like soybeans are likely to increase by over 5% according to the US department of agriculture. Looks like that up coming Thanksgiving day meal may cost you more unless the rain starts falling soon. The forecast unfortunately still has very dry conditions for the next two weeks.