04 Sep '11, 1am

In Texas and Oklahoma, Extreme Drought Could Have Political Consequences Too

Cotton harvesting in Texas, USA; unloading freshly harvested cotton. Image credit:Wikipedia Soon it will be time to harvest some political outcomes of the ongoing extreme drought conditions down South. Here's a climate-impact snapshot of how things stand in the Southern Plains states of Texas and Oklahoma. The US Drought Monitor for August 30th reports: "In Texas and southern Oklahoma, another week of above-normal temperatures (up to 14°F above normal, with highs eclipsing 110°F) and sunny skies further offset the benefits of early month rainfall." It is particularly dire for ranchers. "As of August 29, pasture and range condition was rated 98 and 92 percent poor to very poor in Texas and Oklahoma, respectively." Bleak future for cotton farming. Because of the crop losses associated with extreme drought, cotton growers are filing crop insurance claims - more than half of w...

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