28 Sep '11, 9am

In the western U.S., extremely hot and dry summers could be the “new norm”

In the western U.S., extremely hot and dry summers could be the “new norm”

There was a time in recent history when extreme Summer temperatures were only as common as extreme Winter temperatures. Anyone who’s even been remotely paying attention to the weather lately is well aware that the climate is changing . In the United States, Texas has experienced the worse year-long drought in the Lone Star state’s history, suffering from the hottest summer recorded in the US . Not only have these extreme temperatures left Texas short on water supplies, they have also damaged billions of dollars worth of crops (which also raises food prices) and left a large portion of the state burnt due to wildfires . It is currently estimated that Texas has suffered $5.2 billion in agricultural losses due to drought caused by extreme temperatures. Cash crops such as cotton, wheat and corn have been especially hard hit; not to mention the struggle ranchers face in feeding...

Full article: http://planetsave.com/2011/09/27/temperature-extremes-pro...

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