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Hell And High Water: Sandy Swamps Eastern U.S. But Drought Persists Almost Everywhere Else

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The mark of man-made climate change is weather extremes. And that’s what we’re seeing in America this week.

On the one hand, we had Frankenstorm Sandy inundating the East, with 12.55 inches of rain in Easton, Maryland, 11.91 inches in Wildwood, NJ — and a “crippling amount of heavy, wet snow”:

34.0 in. – Gatlinburg, Tenn.
33.0 in. – Clayton, W. Va.
29.0 in. – Redhouse, Md.
24.0 in. – Norton, Va.

On the other hand, the overwhelming majority of the rest of the country is in drought, especially the Great Plains. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports the drought is still slamming farmers and ranchers:

  • Hay in drought dipped to 62 percent, down two percentage points from a week ago and down seven points from the Sept. 25 peak.
  • Cattle in drought also fell two percentage points to 69 percent, and is down seven points from Sept. 25.
  • Winter wheat in drought decreased for the sixth consecutive week, although drought still covers nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of the production area.

This is what climate change looks like.

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6 Responses to Hell And High Water: Sandy Swamps Eastern U.S. But Drought Persists Almost Everywhere Else

  1. Joan Savage says:

    The dry weather and downright droughts in Australia, Europe and US have combined to push up global wheat prices on deliveries scheduled for December 2013.

    Recent report:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-30/australian-wheat-exports-plunging-most-in-six-years-commodities.html

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      In South Australia we seem to be moving back to dry times, if such prediction is possible. The weather is weird, with thunderstorms with hundreds of thousands of lightning strikes, and very little rain. Hot, dry, winds are dessicating crops, and yesterday they wiped out my iris flowers in a couple of hours, shriveled to grey crispiness. The ten years from 1999 to 2008 were wretchedly dry here, and it looks ominous again. And still the denialists hiss and screech, more deranged than ever ( as one would expect as the wickedness of their lies and misrepresentations is exposed by reality) particularly from Murdoch’s bully pulpit.

  2. Paul Klinkman says:

    Yes, I have that site bookmarked.

    http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

    There’s just a bit more to the story. The drought is expected to persist or intensify over the next three months for a huge swath of the country. Move your mouse over “drought outlook” for that map.

  3. Paul Magnus says:

    “It’s shifting from a kind of scientific conversation to a moral one.” at last…

    Romney attacked over climate change as activists tap post-Sandy concerns
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/nov/04/romney-attacked-climate-change-sandy

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      It has always been a crucial battle in the eternal war between Good and Evil in human affairs.

  4. Ozonator says:

    Monster Quakes and potential extinction events from space should also be include.

    With condolences, AGW driven harmonics strongly indicate major quakes (7+, tsunamis, and/or loss of lives) that may be predicted in this linked Think Progress blog will occur within this week.

    The following is the 2nd correct AGW quake and 2nd correct fireball predictions.

    Potosi, Bolivia was a correct AGW quake prediction. It was within the 4.5 Richter minimum, with in the blog’ 2-weeks model, and in the
    “Potosi, Bolivia (5+)” region under 10/28 – 11/3/12. About to change to an even worse system since they are geologists, the mostly good people with unfriendly user web maps at the USGS reported with poorly colored numbers and letters, the technically major quake – Magnitude Richters … Date … Depth (km) … Region: “5.0 … 2012/11/04 …  POTOSI, BOLIVIA” (earthquake.usgs.gov). Guatemala was a continuing correct AGW quake prediction in this blog. About to change to an even worse system since they are geologists, the mostly good people with unfriendly user web maps at the USGS reported with poorly colored numbers and letters, the technically major quake – Magnitude Richters … Date … Depth (km) … Region: “4.5 … 2012/11/04 … GUATEMALA” (earthquake.usgs.gov).

    The Italian court is racing with the Justice Antonin Scalia to be worse than having free people/businesses in the extremist GOP’s Louisiana. The US Extreme Court is reinventing the wheel to judging the ability of drug sniffing dogs and other scientific equipment to grease the skids into corporate plantations. “It seems like Italian courts won’t be satisfied with anything less than an absolute prediction of an earthquake. That’s reasonable when it comes to the weather service“ (“What, you can’t predict an earthquake?”; IJN EDITORIAL STAFF; ijn.com, 11/1/12).

    Salinas/Los Angeles was a correct AGW fireball prediction. About 150 miles from both “Salinas, California (6+) – Los Angeles (7+)” and easily within the standard 400 mile distance (found publicly in previous blogs) for a correct fireball with multiple witnesses. ““It was a trail, bright with colors,” Jeff Gletne of Terra Bella said as he described what he saw early Wednesday morning in the southern sky. Gletne, and several others, were up … to see what is believed to have been a meteor streaking across the sky“ (“Meteor lights up Wednesday morning sky”; By RICK ELKINS; recorderonline.com, 11/1/12). “Global warming alarmists rush to … restrict our freedoms … publicly blamed for asteroid strikes” (“The Global Warming Blame Game Continues”; By Ernest Istook who perfumes the stink of the Heritage Foundation perfuming the stink for extremist Republicans and Christians; talkradionews.com, 7/5/12).

    thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/10/28/1101241/cnn-bans-term-frankenstorm-but-its-a-good-metaphor-for-warming-driven-monster-largest-hurricane-in-atlantic-history/#comment_link