It is time to start paying closer attention to a developing situation that could have far-reaching consequences.
We are referring to the drought in the United States.
This is a site from University Nebraska-Lincoln that monitors drought conditions and displays a map that is updated weekly.
The university partners with United States federal agencies, so we can trust these people.
We'll still see how the media is covering this by going to a link at USA Today.
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/drought ... 56257054/1
This paragraph in the USA Today article explains why we have a topic for this separate from our usual weather news.
So why should you pay attention to this, if you are not a farmer or in the water sports recreation business?Only three droughts in the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s (1934, 1939 and 1931) and two droughts in the 1950s (1954 and 1956) were worse.
Food is the first issue that comes to mind. Daily food budgets will be increasing for basics. And animal feed price increases will also mean increases in meat prices.
In a later post we might look at what nations around the world might be able to take up the slack and export more of what those affected areas in the United States are known for.