August 10, 2012 |
ST. LOUIS - The latest updates on drought conditions and food production from across the nation and around the globe are raising concern in world capitals. The Plains states where the production of corn and soybeans is key are being hit harder by excessive drought conditions in the wake of the hottest month on record in the continental United States. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday showed that the amount of the nation mired in drought conditions dropped a little more than 1 percentage point, to 78.14 percent as of Tuesday.
June 1, 2012 |
Tropical Depression Beryl's soaking rains were swallowed up by parched soil in Florida and Georgia and won't be enough to relieve drought conditions, state climatologists said. Beryl, 40 miles west of Cape Hatteras, N.C., with winds of 40 m.p.h., degenerated into a post-tropical cyclone as of 5 p.m. local time Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said. Beryl was moving northeast up the North Carolina coast and will be back in the Atlantic by Thursday. While the system dropped as much as 15 inches of rain on parts of Florida after going ashore near Jacksonville on Monday, it won't slake the state's parched soil, forecasters said.
June 5, 2011 |
XINZHOU, China - As deputy Communist Party secretary of the Yangtze River management station in Xinzhou, Ba Qiansheng is supposed to keep a close eye on rising waters. A sign across the street from his office lists flood-warning levels, and large red characters say that swimming is prohibited. But these days, the idea of a flood seems ludicrous. On one side of the giant sluice gate at Xinzhou, the water is shallow; on the other side, there's almost no water at all. The channel that is supposed to connect with the Yangtze is filled with foot-deep cracks baking in the sun where the river used to be. "It's the lowest it's been in 70 years," Ba said.
September 23, 2010 |
The sunlight is becoming ever more oblique, the nights are about as long as the days, and, officially, the seasons have changed. Apparently, however, the atmosphere hasn't noticed. The extraordinary warmth that characterized the hottest summer on record in Philadelphia and the related intensifying dryness have lapped into the brand-new season. On Wednesday, when the last gasp of summer expired at 11:09 p.m., the temperature hit 90 for the 54th time this year, beating the record of 53 set in 1991.
May 26, 2003 |
For residents of Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey who have grown accustomed to droughtlike conditions in recent years, the rainfall that they have seen over the last month or so might seem to have been coming down at tropical rain-forest levels. And with showers predicted for at least three days this week in some parts of the Philadelphia region, the rain shows no sign of letting up in the near future. Still, soaked lawns and wet umbrellas to the contrary, it has actually been a relatively dry month, by historical standards.
October 25, 2002 |
After the soaking rains of the last month, New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection eased its restrictions on outdoor water use yesterday. Garden State residents may now water their lawns every other day - odd-numbered addresses on odd dates and even-numbered addresses on even dates - and washing cars is allowed on weekends. Both uses of household water had been banned since Aug. 20. But drought conditions remain. Camden County, which averages 44.7 inches of rain a year, has a 6.4-inch deficit for the last 12 months.
December 11, 2001 |
I love this weather we've been having. And I hate it. Yeah, yeah, we had a spritz of rain over the weekend, and it's a little chillier this week. But we're still in an unusually warm, dry autumn - so much so that we're in drought conditions. Last week, I wore shorts and a T-shirt while I strung Christmas lights in record-breaking 70-degree sunshine. Harry, my next-door neighbor, set up his outdoor Christmas tree without the aid of the gloves and earmuffs he needed last year.
March 14, 2000 |
The drought that surprised much of the country last year will be back with a vengeance this year, especially in the nation's Sun, Corn and Wheat Belts, federal officials warned yesterday. In a first-of-its-kind spring drought outlook, grim-looking officials from several federal agencies forecast a dry spring and early summer in the Midwest and particularly in the already-parched Southern third of the nation. The Northeast and West should get a pass this time. Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama each suffered their driest February in 106 years, officials reported.
September 15, 1999 |
In a strong sign that the drought is loosening its grip on the region, mandatory water restrictions were lifted in South Jersey yesterday, meaning that residents may water lawns, wash vehicles, and take longer showers. Gov. Whitman issued an executive order to lift the drought emergency in eight counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem. The counties, however, are still under a drought warning, which means the state is urging voluntary water conservation.
August 28, 1999 |
Hours after torrential rains slammed the Philadelphia area, causing scattered street flooding and power outages, people across the region woke up yesterday to deal with downed trees and other headaches. In East Norriton Township, workers cleaned up a chlorine spill caused by flooding in a pool-supply store. And in Cherry Hill, 300 residents returned to their apartment complex, which had been evacuated when the Thursday night storm damaged underground power lines and set fire to a transformer, knocking out the electricity.