February 3, 2012 |
HOUSTON - For millions of Dallas-area residents, one of the most severe droughts in Texas history is no longer a concern - for now. The U.S. Drought Monitor, in its weekly map posted Thursday, classified the Dallas-Fort Worth area as officially out of drought for the first time since July. That will likely herald the lifting of water restrictions on the more than six million people in the nation's fourth-largest metro area, and the region north and northeast to the Oklahoma and Arkansas borders.
September 2, 2011 |
It's official: You can stop worrying about drought. So far in 2011, the region has received about an entire's year worth of rain, with roughly half of that coming in August. Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced that it has decided to lift the "drought watch" that covered Philadelphia, its neighboring counties and 35 others. No advisories had been posted in New Jersey. The watch, declared Aug. 5, was the legacy of a dry May, June, and July when precipitation was almost 4.5 inches below normal in Philadelphia.
July 15, 1988 |
As the unrelenting drought worsens, withering cucumbers in Michigan and malt barley in North Dakota, analysts are trying to determine when the brunt will reach the nation's supermarkets and how hard consumers will be hit. Already, consumers are seeing slightly higher prices for breakfast cereals and baking flour. But those increases have been offset by sagging meat prices, caused by cattlemen slaughtering herds early because of rising feed costs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture does not expect a dramatic effect from the drought.
July 29, 1986 |
The U.S. agriculture secretary came to a farm in this northern York County community yesterday to promise swift action for drought-stricken farmers, but he left without ever seeing a parched stalk of corn. He had to rely on Polaroid snapshots instead. Agriculture Secretary Richard E. Lyng, Sen. Arlen Specter and Rep. William F. Goodling showed up at a farm in Yocumtown, where five inches of rain fell over the weekend. But they did hear from a dozen or so farmers from southern York County, where drought conditions continue to devastate one of the state's richest agricultural areas.
July 17, 1988 |
Caln Township has banned outdoor burning during the drought, officials announced at the Board of Commissioners meeting last week. Township Manager Samuel Moore said the ban took effect Tuesday "and it's probably going to stay on until we get some good soaking rain. " The heat also has made more work for the Caln Police Department, which handled 600 complaints in June, well above the normal monthly total of 500. Chief James Franciscus blamed the increase in complaints on high temperatures that have made people irritable.
July 31, 2006 |
Helio Castroneves took advantage of a superior car and an aggressive strategy to win the Firestone Indy 400 yesterday, ending team owner Roger Penske's open-wheel drought at Michigan International Speedway. Castroneves beat Vitor Meira by 1.62 seconds, earning his series-high fourth victory of the season and moving past teammate Sam Hornish Jr. for the points lead in the Indy Racing League. The average speed of the race was 193.972 mph, the third-fastest event in the IRL's 11-year history.
July 27, 1988 |
Chicken prices were down, but they're gonna go up dramatically. Beef prices are up, but they could go down a bit before they go up again. The same is true of lamb, but nobody seems to care all that much. In most parts of the country, we don't eat much lamb anyway. Pork is almost certain to cost us more in the not-too-distant future, but it will just as certainly be the second to come down in price - right after chickens come down after they go up. Is that all clear? Explaining meat prices is always and at best a complicated process.
June 13, 1996 |
Greg Maddux insists nothing is wrong. His pitching coach agrees, and so does his manager. Only one thing is out of place. The four-time Cy Young Award winner is stuck with a 5-5 record. Maddux's winless streak reached five starts, his longest drought in five seasons, and Mark Clark pitched the New York Mets past the visiting Atlanta Braves, 3-2, last night. Maddux, coming off one of his worst outings ever, gave up eight hits and three runs - two of them earned - in seven innings.
August 2, 2000 |
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Suddenly slumping Reading was shut out for the fourth time in five games when the Binghamton Mets defeated the Phillies, 7-0, in the Eastern League last night. Pablo Ochoa retired the first 16 batters of the game and allowed only three hits in a complete-game victory. He struck out six and didn't walk a batter. Ochoa (7-9) also singled in two runs in a six-inning first, when Binghamton scored four unearned runs. The Mets have won six straight. TRENTON 9, ERIE 2 TRENTON - A six-run third inning helped Justin Duchscherer and the Thunder beat the Sea Wolves in the Eastern League.
April 1, 2012 |
With pastures withered from a lingering drought, farmers in Texas and northwest Louisiana have abandoned donkeys by the hundreds, turning them into wandering refugees that have severely tested animal rescue groups. The nation's biggest donkey rescue group says that since March 2011, it has taken in nearly 800 donkeys abandoned in Texas, where ranchers mainly used the animals to guard their herds. Many of the cattle and goats have been sold off, largely because of the drought and the nation's economic slump, putting the donkeys out of a job. And although the drought that began in late 2010 is over now, the flood of donkeys continues, said Mark Meyers, executive director of Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue.