Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:38 pm
In the West, in Idaho's arid, high desert, the drought has a mixed effect. There's a big divide between farmers with deep wells and irrigation and those without.
Hans Hayden is a rare find: a talkative farmer. He likes to explain things. But when it comes to the wheat he planted this spring, there's not much to say. This field needed rain. It didn't get it.
"At this point in time, it kind of looks like a desert," he says.
Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 9:36 am
The areas of the lower 48 states where this summer's drought is judged to be "severe, extreme or exceptional" (in ascending order of seriousness) increased slightly again this week, according to the experts at the federal government's National Drought Mitigation Center.
It reports that:
Horsetooth Reservoir near Fort Collins is dropping by about a foot a day.
Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 3:49 pm
This map is disturbing, once you understand it. It's a new attempt to visualize an old problem — the shrinking of underground water reserves, in most cases because farmers are pumping out water to irrigate their crops.
Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 11:14 am
The all-red map tells the story.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: