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DROUGHTS and DUST STORMS

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Salt water creeps up Mississippi River

Published on Aug 16, 2012 by CNN

CNN's Chad Myers explains why salt water is moving up the Mississippi River and threatening Louisiana's drinking water.

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Water shortages hit US power supply

As the United States' extended heat wave and drought threaten to raise global food prices, energy production is also feeling the pressure. Across the nation, power plants are becoming overheated and shutting down or running at lower capacity; drilling operations struggle to get the water they need, and crops that would become biofuel are withering.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22178-water-shortages-hit-us-power-supply.html

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Dust storm shuts down interstate in Oklahoma

October 19, 2012

"TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A massive dust storm swirling reddish-brown clouds over northern Oklahoma triggered a multi-vehicle accident along a major interstate Thursday, forcing police to shut down part of the heavily traveled roadway amid near blackout conditions.

In a scene reminiscent of the Dust Bowl days, choking dust suspended on strong wind gusts shrouded Interstate 35, which links Dallas and Oklahoma City to Kansas City, Mo. Video from television station helicopters showed the four-lane highway virtually disappearing into billowing dust on the harsh landscape near Blackwell, plus dozens of vehicles scattered in the median and on the shoulders.

"I've never seen anything like this," said Jodi Palmer, a dispatcher with the Kay County Sheriff's Office. "In this area alone, the dirt is blowing because we've been in a drought. I think from the drought everything's so dry and the wind is high."

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"The blackout was reminiscent of the Dust Bowl. "I've never seen anything like this," said one police dispatcher.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Jason Ross, left, wears a bandana to filter out heavy dust as he works at the scene of a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 35.(Photo: Rolf Clements,The Ponca City News, via AP)

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Nearly three dozen cars and trucks were involved in the wreck.

Drought seen as the cause.

Interstate shut for hours.

12:45PM EDT October 19. 2012 -

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A massive dust storm swirling reddish-brown clouds over northern Oklahoma triggered a multi-vehicle accident along a major interstate Thursday, forcing police to shut down part of the heavily traveled roadway amid near blackout conditions.

In a scene reminiscent of the Dust Bowl days, choking dust suspended on strong wind gusts shrouded Interstate 35, which links Dallas and Oklahoma City to Kansas City, Mo. Video from television station helicopters showed the four-lane highway virtually disappearing into billowing dust on the harsh landscape near Blackwell, plus dozens of vehicles scattered in the median and on the shoulders.

"I've never seen anything like this," said Jodi Palmer, a dispatcher with the Kay County Sheriff's Office. "In this area alone, the dirt is blowing because we've been in a drought. I think from the drought everything's so dry and the wind is high."

The highway patrol said the dust storm caused a multi-car accident, and local police said nearly three dozen cars and tractor-trailers were involved. Blackwell Police Chief Fred LeValley said nine people were injured, but there were no fatalities.

State transportation workers were called into to close the highway between U.S. 60 and Oklahoma 11, an 8-mile stretch of the cross-country roadway.

"We have very high winds and blowing dust causing a near blackout condition," Capt. James West of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Thursday afternoon. He said visibility was less than 10 feet.

The stretch of closed roadway reopened Thursday evening after crews cleaned up debris and waited for winds to die down, Oklahoma Department of Transportation spokesman Cole Hackett said.

The area is just south of the Kansas state line in far northern Oklahoma. Interstate 35 runs from the Mexican border in south Texas to Duluth, Minn.

A red flag fire warning was in place for parts of northern Oklahoma on Thursday, as was a blowing dust advisory.

The National Weather Service forecast for the area said winds would subside to 20 mph or lower overnight but that gusts as high as 28 mph could continue. Calm winds were expected by Friday night.

The area has suffered through an extended drought and many farmers had recently loosened the soil while preparing for the winter wheat season.

"You have the perfect combination of extended drought in that area ... and we have the extremely strong winds," said Gary McManus, the Oklahoma associate state climatologist."

Read entire story here...

http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2012/10/19/dust-storm-shuts-down-interstate-in-northern-okla/1643851/

here is a notice from the National Weather Service from this morning...Tx Reddwolf..

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL

732 AM CDT FRI OCT 19 2012

…DUST STORM FROM THE PLAINS IS FILLING OUR SKY THIS MORNING…

A HIGH WIND STORM THAT OCCURRED ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS OF

NEBRASKA…KANSAS AND OKLAHOMA ON THURSDAY PRODUCED A LARGE DUST

PLUME WHICH IS NOW WORKING ITS WAY THROUGH THE TENNESSEE VALLEY. THE

DUST IS CURRENTLY PRODUCING A SLIGHT OPAQUENESS TO AN OTHERWISE CLEAR

SKY. THE RISING SUN WAS ALSO BEING DIMMED A BIT AND LOCAL AIR QUALITY

MAY ALSO BE DIMINISHED.

SATELLITE IMAGERY AND LOCAL UA-HUNTSVILLE AND HUNTSVILLE AIRPORT

OBSERVATION CEILOMETER DATA ARE TRACKING THIS DUST PLUME. ACCORDING

TO THE CEILOMETER DATA…THE PLUME BEGAN TO ARRIVE AROUND 1 AM AND

PROGRESSIVELY BECAME THICKER DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS.

GUSTY SOUTHWEST WIND FLOW TODAY WILL TEND TO MIX THIS DUST PLUME UP A

BIT…AND INITIALLY MAY CAUSE ALLERGY SUFFERERS AND THOSE SENSITIVE

TO POOR AIR QUALITY TO HAVE SOME DIFFICULTY. VISIBILITY IS NOT

EXPECTED TO BE REDUCED HOWEVER.

going to modify and include this map of that dust storm...

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Mississippi Faces Shipping Closure as Water Levels Drop

The Mississippi as seen from Ed Drager's tug boat is a river in retreat: a giant beached barge is stranded where the water dropped, with sand bars springing into view. The floating barge office where the tug boat captain reports for duty is tilted like a funhouse. One side now rests on the exposed shore. "I've never seen the river this low," Drager said. "It's weird."

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The drought has already created a low-water choke point south of St Louis, near the town of Thebes, where pinnacles of rock extend upwards from the river bottom making passage treacherous.

Shipping companies are hauling 15 barges at a time instead of a typical string of 25, because the bigger runs are too big for current operating conditions.

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/mississippi-river-faces-shipping-closure-as-water-levels-drop-15358

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/science/article/Low-water-good-for-some-wildlife-bad-for-others-4131212.php#ixzz2FW8r9RTE

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Going to put this here...as it supposedly has to do with dust???

Tremors and flaming telephone poles in Texas!!!12/6/12

12/6/12

OK at the beginning of Dec. we had Telephone poles catching fire for no apparent reason...I think they may have said dust...was the cause....that is the video above...Now on Dec 28, 2012, the following took place..

Drizzle mixing with dust leads to power outages across area

By Claudia Grisales

American-Statesman Staff

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About 20,000 Central Texans were left without power early Friday as a mixture of lingering dust from dry weather and a steady flow of overnight drizzle wreaked havoc for local electric utilities and their customers.

The muddy mixture helped trigger power surges and smoldering fires atop dozens of power poles, leading to the outages.

“It was the perfect, unfortunate weather occurrence,” said Austin Energy spokesman Ed Clark. “It was just the right amount of mist and moisture to bring that buildup of dust into a flowing state.”

Austin Energy saw about 10,000 customer outages as a result of 50 power pole fires, the most recorded by the electric provider in more than a decade, Clark said.

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Crews were then faced with the painstaking process of replacing the insulators, Clark said, and in some cases rewiring power lines to utility poles.

With 140,000 power poles located over 437 square miles and connecting 2,300 miles of line, keeping them dust free can be virtually impossible, he said.

For example, trying to manually water down a power pole could send electricity along the water line to the source, Clark said. While there are insulator covers, the cost “would be an expense beyond calculation,” he said.

“The main thing is there is no way to prevent a dust-up on poles,” Clark said. “What you are always hoping for is a good, strong rain and we haven’t gotten one in a good, long time.”

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/drizzle-mixing-with-dust-leads-to-power-outages-ac/nThPm/

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Namibia drought threatens 400,000 with hunger: govt

 

 

 

"A severe drought that sparked a state of emergency in Namibia has left 400,000 people facing hunger, the government said.

The government has been criticised for failing to do enough to provide relief to people during the worst dry spell to hit the country in decades.

But the chairman of the Disaster Risk Management Committee defended the government's performance as he announced the new figure late Tuesday

 

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"We are trying to do the best we can to make sure that the food goes to the intended people. So far so good," he said.

Namibia is the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa, and only two percent of land receives sufficient rainfall to grow crops.

The southern African country has seen several droughts in the recent decades.

The number of people at risk from hunger has risen from 300,000 in May, when President Hifikepunye Pohamba declared a state of emergency."

 

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Namibia_drought_threatens_400000_with_hunger_govt_999.html

 

 

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California governor declares drought emergency

John Myers, KXTV-TV, Sacramento, Calif.

January 17, 2014

 

"SACRAMENTO — In what could become one of California's biggest crises in years, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a statewide drought emergency Friday, an action that sets the stage for new state and federal efforts.

The governor also wants to focus Californians on the possibility of water shortages.

STORY: Santa Ana winds raise Calif. fire danger
STORY: Driest year ever in Calif. sparks water fears

 

"All I can report to you is it's not raining today and it's not likely to rain for several weeks," Brown said in a news conference in San Francisco. On Thursday, the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center forecast below normal precipitation for two-thirds of California through April.

 

Brown's proclamation allows California to request a broad emergency declaration from President Barack Obama, which would expedite some water transfers, provide financial assistance and suspend some state and federal regulations.

 

The situation in most of California and northern Nevada is extremely dry, according to the most recent report Thursday from the U.S. Drought Monitor, a federal website that tracks drought nationwide. Almost 99% of California is considered abnormally dry or worse; almost two-thirds of the state is in extreme drought."

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"Most of California's farmers rely on irrigation to grow hundreds of crops including broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, melons, lettuce and tomatoes year-round that are shipped across the USA. Some growers have had to leave fields fallow as their water allocations have run dry, affecting crops and jobs.

Across the state, agriculture is responsible for more than three-quarters of California's water use, according to a 2009 UCLA report.

 

"Drought conditions are wreaking havoc on farmers in California, especially in the San Joaquin Valley" from south of Sacramento to Bakersfield," Tom Nassif, Western Growers president and chief executive, said in a statement thanking Brown for his executive order. "The situation is dire and requires the full attention of state and federal leaders, which is why the declaration is so important."

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/01/17/california-drought-emergency/4581761/

 

So tell me once again how that engineered weather is working for us??? :angry2: Between the floods. cold and wildfires through the Midwest where corn, grains, etc., are grown, the wild fires and drought in Calif. It seems to me a serious food shortage could be on the way. California is the source of a great amount of our fresh produce.  Sorry state of affairs.  If I remember correctly, S.California, the growing area, gets a lot of it's water, from the Colorado River, which is also disappearing. 

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UC Berkeley Professor: California Dry Spell May Be Worst Since 1500s

Ann Notarangelo

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A mud-covered boat is seen in a dried lake bed. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

 

"BERKELEY (KPIX 5) – In California, 2013 was a record-setting year because of the lack of rainfall. A professor at UC Berkeley warns this time could go into the record books as the driest in centuries.

 

“Some people have said that this could be the start of a several decade-long dry spell,” Lynn Ingram, professor of paleoclimatology told KPIX 5. Ingram examines history to help forecast the future.
 

Dried up creek beds along with golden hills that look like its August instead of January could become our typical landscape, if history repeats itself.

 

Ingram is the author of the book “The West without Water.” She looked back 10 to 20 thousand years and came to the conclusion that we live in a dry climate.

 

“It’s important to understand our climate history and know when were the droughts, and then we also had years of extreme floods,” Ingram said.

 

A study about tree rings led her to predict that we could be in for the driest winter in 500 years. Narrow tree rings indicate little or no water for growth, just like people saw in the 1500s."

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http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/01/22/uc-berkeley-professor-california-hasnt-been-this-dry-in-500-years/



 

 

 

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UPDATE, Water situation in Calif, is dire.

Report: Some Bay Area Communities Could Run Out Of Water Within 4 Months

January 29, 2014

Matt Bigler

 

 

"SAN JOSE (KCBS) — As the drought in California continues, 17 communities throughout the state could run out of water within 60 to 120 days, state officials said.

 

In some districts, the wells are running dry while other reservoirs are nearly empty. The state Health Department compiled a list after surveying the more than 3,000 water agencies in California last week.

 

The water systems are in all in rural areas that serve from 39 to 11,000 residents. They range from tiny Lompico County Water District in Santa Cruz County to districts that serve the cities of Healdsburg and Cloverdale in Sonoma County.

 

Some districts have long-running problems that began before the drought. Larger communities like Santa Clara Valley however, have fared better because of long-running conservation programs.

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http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/01/29/report-some-bay-area-communities-could-run-out-of-water-within-4-months/

 

 

 

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Parched California Cuts Farm Water Supplies.....to Zero

 

There's more bad news for California: Water deliveries from state and federal reservoirs to the Central Valley—where much of the nation's food is grown—have been cut to zero. The reservoirs are going dry and there's no water to deliver.

Had any fresh fruits and vegetables lately? How about some almonds or walnuts? California produces a huge amount of this stuff, but after years of drought there's no more water to go around. Farmers had already been struggling on just 5 percent of the water they receive in good years. Now they'll get nothing at all.

 

http://gawker.com/parched-california-cuts-farm-water-supplies-to-zero-1513414826

 

 

 

 

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This is so serious it is truly scary....

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A friend sent this to me this morning....  no row crops? ???

 

 

A  lady I know took all these of Folsom Lake down by Sacramento

Dave my boyfriend who he and his brother raise beef so they listen to all the Ag new said farmers have been told no row crops to be planted in CA.  They are only getting 5% of their normal allotted water.  Also cattle dying in the cold in the mid states and lack of water and feed here has an all time low less cattle then ever in 60 yrs.  Prices are at an all time high.  It is going to hurt at the check out stand with all this drought is going to affect. 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No Row Crops in California!!  Think about that folks. California has the 6th largest economy in the world. No ROW CROPS.  Do we know of any crops that are not planted in rows? ???  I suggest everyone plan now for what they will do without California's crops.  I, personally, cannot imagine this scenario.   Geo-engineered weather is NOT our friend.

 

No comfort here, we are not alone.

 

Its Great Lake Shriveled, Iran Confronts Crisis of Water Supply

By THOMAS ERDBRINK

January 30, 2014

 

 

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An abandoned ship rusts in the mud on the south shore of Lake Urmia, where only 5 percent of the water remains, Iranian environmental officials say. Morteza Nikoubazl for The New York Times

 

"LAKE URMIA, Iran — After driving for 15 minutes over the bottom of what was once Iran’s largest lake, a local environmental official stepped out of his truck, pushed his hands deep into his pockets and silently wandered into the great dry plain, as if searching for water he knew he would never find.

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Iran is facing a water shortage potentially so serious that officials are making contingency plans for rationing in the greater Tehran area, home to 22 million, and other major cities around the country. President Hassan Rouhani has identified water as a national security issue, and in public speeches in areas struck hardest by the shortage he is promising to “bring the water back.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/31/world/middleeast/its-great-lake-shriveled-iran-confronts-crisis-of-water-supply.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20140131&_r=3

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Sprinklers Run Dry in Santa Cruz Amid California Drought

James Nash

February 4, 2014

 

"Cities and institutions across California are resorting to exceptional measures to deal with a worsening drought, from mandatory water restrictions in beachside Santa Cruz to voluntary cutbacks in Los Angeles.

 

Santa Cruz, which relies on rainfall rather than mountain runoff or imported water, won’t permit residents to drain and refill swimming pools or hot tubs and has barred restaurants from serving water unless specifically requested.

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Water Orders

The customer, which Thomas declined to name, made similar increases for March and April in anticipation that the drought will increase what is already peak demand during spring and summer, he said.

 

“If you were to look at my warehouse right now, we are stocked to the gills,” Thomas said.

 

Thomas said he’s been told by a government official that a worst-case scenario for his company would be that he may have to pay a drought surcharge on some of the water he purchases from municipalities for bottling. If that happens, Thomas said he would pay the tax to meet his customers’ orders.

 

Santa Cruz, a community of 62,000 known for its boardwalk amusement park about 75 miles south of San Francisco, forbids residents from watering lawns and gardens between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and bars restaurants from serving water unless asked. The measures are expected to reduce consumption by 5 percent, according to the city’s website."

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http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-04/sprinkers-run-dry-in-santa-cruz-amid-california-drought.html

 

hard to believe that, considering how bad this drought is, that anyone would even be using a sprinkler

Tx. Reddwolf

 

 

 

 

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This is not too far down the road from where I live.  Our river is still open to fishing but many are not or just don't have enough water in them.

 

California Drought: Residents Panicking Over Water Shortage

 

In this small logging town in Northern California's redwood country, small blue signs urging water conservation are almost everywhere you look.

 

Just south of Willits, in one of the state's most verdant corners, crows and other birds peck at dry ground that should be covered in water at the city's Centennial Reservoir, which is less than a third full. The creek that feeds it has slowed to a trickle.

"It's common at this time of year for the water to be going over the cement wall right here. In fact, we'd be standing in water," said Bruce Burton, a Willits city councilman, gesturing toward the small cement dam in the creek. "In the 20 years I've been in local government, we've never experienced this kind of condition."

While rain is predicted through the weekend in the north and central parts of the state, California remains in the midst of an historic drought. The state's Department of Public Health says 17 rural areas including Willits — a town of about 5,000 that usually sees about 50 inches of rain a year — are dangerously low on water, and officials expect that number to grow.

In addition to declaring a drought emergency, California has canceled water deliveries from the state's water system to farms and thirsty cities and shut down fishing in dozens of streams to protect imperiled salmon and steelhead.

 

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/05/Calif-towns-water-shortage-stokes-fears-of-future

 

 

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After two years without rain, town preparing evacuation

 

 6th Feb 2014 6:25 AM

 

(Australia)

 

RESIDENTS of one small Queensland town gripped by drought are contemplating radical measures should their water supplies run out: a mass evacuation.

 

Cloncurry, population 3,000, has had next to no rain for the past two years. Already restricted to using water only for the bare essentials of bathing and cooking, locals may soon have to resort to the "third world" option - as the local mayor, Andrew Daniels, calls it - of boiling bore water to drink.

 

And after that, depending on the state of the bores, they may have no other choice but to move out en masse.

 

"It's an extreme move. It's the final straw," Mr Daniels said. "But people are really thinking about the dire position we're in. It's a very, very dire time for the bush."

 

This is monsoon season, when the rivers should be surging and the dams overflowing, thanks to heavy rain brought by tropical cyclones.

 

But while some areas have welcomed downpours, the rain has bypassed Cloncurry, situated 500 miles from the north Queensland coast, more or less in the middle of nowhere.

 

Outback Queensland is like a dustbowl at present, with more than two-thirds of the state officially in drought. The big dry is exacting a heavy toll, particularly on those who live off the land.

 

Timmy Maxham, manager of the Gidgee Inn in Cloncurry, told ABC radio: "I know that a lot of farmers are quite desperate - they've had quite a few suicides recently. I heard a story last week of a grazier who had to shoot 100 cattle, and then he shot himself. It's really tough."

 

 

<snip> http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/after-two-years-without-rain-town-preparing-mass-e/2161925/

 

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Drought sees New South Wales farmers helping one another, hay donations prove a psychological boost
 

Updated Sat 8 Feb 2014, 2:51pm AEDT

 

Drought affected graziers in the north-west of New South Wales are in for their biggest psychological boost in months this weekend.

 

But rather than rain on the horizon, there is a convoy of trucks carrying hay donated by fellow farmers.

 

The longer this drought drags on, the more imagination and ingenuity goes into random acts of kindness for the hardest hit rural communities.

 

Many of those acts, such as a home cooked meal or a hamper of groceries, go virtually unnoticed.

 

But this helping hand is hard to ignore.

 

Eighteen semi-trailers with almost 500 tonnes of hay have been donated by farmers in the south for their long suffering counterparts in the state's north-west.

 

It is the brainchild of Brendan Farrell, a wheat and sheep farmer from Burrumbuttock in southern NSW.

 

"Someone's got to do something because at the moment, the suicide rate is so bad up through NSW and Queensland," he said.

 

 

<snip> http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-08/drought-affected-nsw-farmers-get-psychological-boost/5247396

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This is what it's supposed to be all about.  Good for them.  Thank you for posting this.

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Western Drought Spells Killer Grocery Bills

 

 Spring wheat planting is next concern; trading with call options..

 

Much like the polar vortex spiked demand and prices for natural gas in the eastern U.S., another weather phenomenon — a severe drought — is threatening cattle and milk production and food crops in the West.

It’s a threat that can last for months and year, and parched conditions have already driven up prices on milk and cattle futures.

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“The hardest hit section of California is the Central Valley — ‘the supermarket to the world’ — and [it’s becoming] increasingly clear the region won’t see relief from the devastating drought anytime soon,” said Kevin Kerr, editor of CommodityConfidential.com. “Retail prices for many key agricultural commodities could jump.”

That means consumers may see higher prices for everything from beef and milk to wheat, nuts and vegetables, and it’ll take time for supplies to replenish.

Drought conditions cover more than 37% of the 48 contiguous states, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor . MDA Weather Services said about 67% of California alone is currently experiencing extreme or exceptional drought conditions.

The state’s Gov. Edmund “Jerry” Brown, Jr. declared a drought State of Emergency on Jan. 17, calling on California’s residents to voluntarily cut water consumption by 20%.

 

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-drought-hurts-cattle-crops-prices-heat-up-2014-02-07

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142 Cities In Brazil Are Now Rationing Water As Drought Goes Critical

 

02/19/2014

 

Did you know that the drought in Brazil is so bad that some neighborhoods are only being allowed to get water once every three days?  At this point, 142 Brazilian cities are rationing water and there does not appear to be much hope that this crippling drought is going to end any time soon.  Unfortunately, most Americans seem to be absolutely clueless about all of this.

In response to the recent article about how the unprecedented drought that is plaguing California right now could affect our food supply, one individual left a comment stating “if Califirnia can’t supply South America will. We got NAFTA.”  Apart from the fact that this person could not even spell “California” correctly, we also see a complete ignorance of what is going on in the rest of the planet.  The truth is that the largest country in South America (Brazil) is also experiencing an absolutely devastating drought at the moment.  They are going to have a very hard time just taking care of their own people for the foreseeable future.

And this horrendous drought in Brazil could potentially have a huge impact on the total global food supply.  As a recent RT article detailed, Brazil is the leading exporter in the world in a number of very important food categories…

 

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-02-19/142-cities-brazil-are-now-rationing-water-drought-goes-critical

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California drought: Why farmers are 'exporting water' to China

February 18, 2014

By Alastair Leithead

 

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During California's worst drought on record, some farmers are using precious water to grow hay that is then shipped to China

 

"While historic winter storms have battered much of the US, California is suffering its worst drought on record. So why is America's most valuable farming state using billions of gallons of water to grow hay - specifically alfalfa - which is then shipped to China?

The reservoirs of California are just a fraction of capacity amid the worst drought in the state's history.

"This should be like Eden right now," farmer John Dofflemyer says, looking out over a brutally dry, brown valley as his remaining cows feed on the hay he's had to buy in to keep them healthy.

In the dried-up fields of California's Central Valley, farmers like Dofflemyer are selling their cattle. Others have to choose which crops get the scarce irrigation water and which will wither.

"These dry times, this drought, has a far-reaching impact well beyond California," he said as the cattle fell in line behind his small tractor following the single hay bale on the back.

"We have never seen anything like this before - it's new ground for everybody."

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The drought-stricken Central Valley (left) contrasts with the lush Imperial Valley, which gets water through a canal from the Colorado river.

 

California is the biggest agricultural state in the US - half the nation's fruit and vegetables are grown here.

Farmers are calling for urgent help, people in cities are being told to conserve water and the governor is warning of record drought.

But at the other end of the state the water is flowing as the sprinklers are making it rain in at least one part of southern California.

The farmers are making hay while the year-round sun shines, and they are exporting cattle-feed to China."

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26124989

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Feds Withhold Water to California Farmers for the First Time in 54 Years 

 

The US Bureau of Reclamation released its first outlook of the year and finds insufficient stock is available in California to release irrigation water for farmers. This is the first time in the 54 year history of the State Water Project. "If it's not there, it's just not there," notes a Water Authority director adding that it's going to be tough to find enough water, but farmers are hit hardest as "they're all on pins and needles trying to figure out how they're going to get through this." Fields will go unplanted (supply lower mean food prices higher), or farmers will pay top dollar for water that's on the market (and those costs can only be passed on via higher food prices).

 

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-02-21/feds-withhold-water-california-farmers-first-time-54-years

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