Published on November 9th, 2012 | by James Ayre


U.S. Drought Worsening, Wheat Crop Suffering

November 9th, 2012 by  

As the East Coast is still reeling from Hurricane Sandy, hot and dry conditions throughout middle America have been deepening, worsening the ongoing drought there, according to a new climatology report released Thursday.


Image Credits: Fields hit by drough via Wikimedia Commons

Usually, October is the third-wettest month of the year for Texas, but this year there has barely been any rain at all. Last month was the ninth-driest October there since 1895.

Both Texas and Oklahoma have recorded temperatures that are above “normal” and have received practically no rain. And Kansas and Nebraska have also seen the droughts that they are experiencing expand.

These long-persisting droughts have limited the growth of the new winter wheat crop in those states, “as soil moisture levels were too low to spur normal plant development. Grazing for livestock was also poor as pastures remained parched.”

“Roughly 59.48 percent of the contiguous United States was suffering from at least ‘moderate’ drought as of November 6, down from 60.16 percent a week earlier, according to Thursday’s Drought Monitor, a weekly compilation of data gathered by federal and academic scientists.”

The section of the US that is now under “extreme” or “exceptional” drought has risen though, up to 19.36 percent from 19.04 percent.

“In the High Plains, which include Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas, severe or worse drought levels covered 83.94 percent of the region, up from 83.87 percent of the region a week earlier. An estimated 57.54 percent of the region was in extreme or worse drought, up from 57.02 percent a week earlier.”

Many places have not seen any, or barely any, rain in the past three weeks or more. Topsoil and subsoil moisture levels have been continuing to plummet. And surface water supplies have been continuing to drop sharply, with no end in sight. As the climatologists say, we are entering a “new normal.”

Source: Reuters

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  • Isaiah talks about our day…

    Isaiah uses Code name Egypt who was a super power in his day… for what will happen again in our day Which the great super power America (code name Egypt)

    1. The covenant curse of withering vegetation.
    Isaiah 19:5-7

    The waters of the lakes shall ebb away
    as stream beds become desolate and dry.
    The rivers shall turn foul,

    and Egypt’s waterways recede and dry up.
    Reeds and rushes shall wither;
    vegetation adjoining canals and estuaries,
    and all things sown along irrigation channels,
    shall shrivel and blow away and be no more.

    The covenant curse of withering vegetation—synchronized
    with a plethora of additional misfortunes—overtakes Egypt as its vibrant society wanes like the vegetation itself. A metaphor for people, Egypt’s flora epitomizes the transitory nature of life for its wicked inhabitants (cf. Isaiah 5:24; 37:27; 40:6–8, 24). Foliage that “shrivels and blows away and is So more” typifies the fate awaiting them. Egypt’s bodies of water that dry up and rivers that turn foul resemble its people (cf. Isaiah 8:7–8; 18:2, 7;37:25; 42:15), their evaporation and pollution signifying its society’s descent
    into chaos.

    Fishermen will deplore their lot
    and anglers in canals bemoan themselves;
    those who cast nets on water
    will be in misery.
    19:9 Manufacturers of combed linen
    and weavers of fine fabrics will be dismayed.
    19:10 The textile workers will know despair,
    and all who work for wages suffer distress

    A supremely industrialized and agricultural land, Egypt, spirals into decline. Whereas there once existed plenty, now there is a dearth; where Egyptians were once gainfully employed, now they are idle. Even the nation’s traditionally staple livelihoods disappear. A spirit of misery, dismay, despair, and distress pervades Egyptian society. A hitherto highly prosperous nation is imploding, leaving its large populace without seeming recourse (cf. v 15). Like all who comprise Greater Babylon, Egypt, the most exalted of nations, is rendered wretched as God’s judgments overtake her (cf. Isaiah 24:4).

    Read all about Ameiricas fall, that Isaiah sees…

    1. see the Black President connection, who is in office before america is taken over.
    2. Read about the fools of Wasingition DC and how America no longer has good leaders…
    3. The upcoming civil war…. and total break down of america- becasue America is wicked.

    Read about the Happy ending….
    taken from click below


  • freedomev

    You can’t say they were not warned!! The weather, corps etc has moved up 2-300 miles so the mexican desert has moved north.
    But other places will get more rain. But no one knows where or what to plant most anywhere.
    When 100 yr storms happen every few yrs. rain stops for many yrs, temps records rise 10 x’s as much as low records do should give them a hint that GW is here.
    And if you put too many cattle on too little land doesn’t help either.

  • gregg

    That photo is from Australia.

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