The heatwave and drought of 2012 is already effecting the food supply. With the skyrocketing price of corn, at least one rancher has turned to a different source of food for his cattle.
In Mayfield, KY, Rancher Joseph Watson of Mayfield's United Livestock Commodities, can no longer afford to feed corn to his 1,400 cattle.
"Just to be able to survive, we have to look for other sources of nutrition," he said. Watson mixes the candy with an ethanol by-product and a mineral nutrient.
With the drought affecting over 60% of the US this year, lots of people are paying attention to water scarcity issues. In a warming world, there will be higher levels of evaporation. That means some places will encounter more arid conditions that will lead to drought.
Since water is a greenhouse gas, more water in the atmosphere means more warming. This is called a positive feedback loop.
Since the water can't stay in the atmosphere, it comes down in the form of precipitation, often times ...
2012 has so far established itself as the year that broke all US extreme weather records. First came the warmest March followed by the warmest spring on record. Then came the second warmest May on record.
That was followed by the hot dry June. Dry conditions, high temperatures and high winds exacerbated fires burning in New Mexico, the largest fire in the state's history, and in Colorado. Across the US in June, records were set for the warmest nighttime lows and the highest daytime highs,...
Once again, we see record-breaking heat across the US. The triple-digit heat intensifies the drought conditions effecting much of the country. Dry conditions, high temperatures and high winds have been a major obstacle to firefighters battling fires in Colorado.
During June 2012:
1,913 records were set or tied for the warmest nighttime low temperature at a weather station.
818 records were set or tied for the coldest nightime low temperature at a weather station.
3,163 records were se...
Update: January 12, 2010 Broward Commission Unanimously Pass 2-Day Week Water Restrictions with an Eye Toward Enforcement http://bit.ly/7PA6iB
Most residents in South Florida realize we have two seasons; rainy and dry. Yet, how many realize what a precarious water dance we do?
According to the South Florida Water Management District, Florida receives an average annual rainfall of 53 inches, making it one of the wettest states in the US. Except, in the central and southern part of the state, ...