04 Oct '12, 6am

The Browning of America: Nearly two thirds of the contiguous United States was experiencing some level of drough...

The Browning of America: Nearly two thirds of the contiguous United States was experiencing some level of drough...

Nearly two thirds of the contiguous United States was experiencing some level of drought by the end of August 2012, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. 39 percent of the nation suffered from severe to extreme drought. Though the numbers changed a bit in mid-September, the drought parched much of the interior United States and left both domestic and wild animals scrounging for food. There were also plenty of spectacular wild fires. The browning and withering of vegetation in the United States and northern Mexico is clear in the vegetation anomaly map based from NASA (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites). The map contrasts plant health in August 2012 (the most recent full month available) against the average conditions between 2002 and 2012. Brown areas show where plant growth, or greenness, was below normal; greens in...

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