Sat October 6, 2012

Drought Conditions In Colorado Persist Into Fall

Regional Outlook Indicates Continuing Dry Conditions
Western Governors' Association


Fri September 28, 2012

Despite Rain in Colorado, Drought Still Gripping Much of Country

Drought in Colorado
Carlye Calvin courtesy of University Center for Atmospheric Research

Despite recent rain for Colorado’s Front Range and snow in the mountains, a new report finds the worst drought in decades isn’t ready to release its grip on the nation.

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Thu September 27, 2012
Around the Nation

Despite Record Drought, Farmers Expect Banner Year

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 10:39 am

With far less than half of their normal corn yield, the Ulrich brothers are relying in part on government-subsidized crop insurance to keep their farm afloat.
Frank Morris KCUR

After one of the driest summers on record, recent rains have helped in some parts of the country. But overall, the drought has still intensified. The latest tracking classifies more than a fifth of the contiguous United States in "extreme or exceptional" drought, the worst ratings.

In some parts of the Lower Midwest, water-starved crops have collapsed, but the farmers have not. Farmers across the country are surviving, and many are even thriving. This year, despite the dismal season, farmers stand to make exceptionally good money, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Fri September 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Persistent U.S. Drought Is Also Costing Homeowners

Contractors drive piers into the ground to stabilize a settling home in Manchester, Mo. on Aug. 29, 2012.
Jeff Roberson AP

Drought conditions remain dreadful in much of the country; the Drought Monitor produced by the Drought Mitigation Center says 54.25 percent of the United States is in moderate drought or experiencing something more sinister. This includes "severe, extreme and exceptional", the worst categories in the drought conditions index.

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Thu September 20, 2012

Drought, Climate Change Posing Threats to Colorado Economy

State of Colorado

This year’s stubborn drought and the changing climate will have serious consequences for Colorado’s multi-billion dollar recreation and farming industries, as well as the state’s forests that have seen severe, un-naturally large wildfires recently. 

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