US hit with worst drought in years

Posted on April 13, 2012

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Climatologists say a dry spell devastating almost all of America is starting to worry the

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weather community during what is one of the worst droughts in recent years.

The federal agency that investigates dry weather, the US Drought Monitor, says that more than half of the continental United States are experiencing “abnormally dry” conditions, which have so far proven to be the worst the country has experienced since 2007.

“Conditions are starting to worry us now,” Keith Eggleston, a climatologist with the Northeast Regional Climate Center in Ithaca, N.Y., tells USA Today. The paper reports Eggleston as adding that a continuation of the current dry spell in the Northeast US could pose a major risk to the region’s agriculture, and unfortunately the kind of weather isn’t isolated.

In all, 48 of the 50 states in the US are experiencing at least moderate drought conditions, which could prove catastrophic for the country’s agriculture and economy of the trend continues. On Friday that region continued to see ravaging conditions, with the Baltimore Sun speculating that the eastern shore of the state of Maryland might soon be subjected to restrictions on water. By Monday, meteorologists at the paper predict a heat wave of 90 degrees.

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