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  •  Update from Portland Oregon: (6+ / 0-)

    The weather is mild today, around high 70's low 80's.  We've had unusually cold weather this spring, the garden took forever to get going.  We had to drag in the tomatoes, even as late as May because there was frost on the ground.  
    That's unusual.  We've had several cold, wet rainy winters and springs.  They say it's the La Nina effect which creates about 10 years of wet rainy weather.

    So we have been spared the horrible effects the rest of the country is facing. far.  Too early to tell yet.

    Crop Failure
    I've read that the entire corn crop in the central US states is at risk from the high temperatures and dry conditions.  It's too early to tell, we'll know soon enough.
    This could be a disaster in the making.  The rest of the world depends on US agriculture exports.  Corn is used mostly for livestock feed, also for ethanol production.  I'm not sure what's going on with the Russia crops.

    Food prices are going to skyrocket if the crop fails.  All the riots in the Middle East which were caused by higher food prices.  Even a little increase is enough to push people over the edge.  An absolute disaster.

    •  Indiana, mainly. (5+ / 0-)
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      cai, mightymouse, ladybug53, Steven D, Cliss

      Indiana is screwed, with severe and exceptional drought everywhere by the extreme northwest and southeast.

      Central Illinois is mainly in severe drought;  the severe drought is staying in the southern hills of that state.  Northern Illinois' drought is moderate.

      Wisconsin's drought is moderate south of I-90 and east of the Wisconsin River, the rest of the state is normal or merely dry.

      Some patches of moderate drought affect eastern Iowa.  

      Most of Missouri is in a state of severe drought except its northwest and southwest corners.  The Bootheel is an exceptional drought.

      Minnesota and South Dakota have a few dry patches.

      "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

      by Yamaneko2 on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 05:27:56 PM PDT

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