I find it fascinating that we are hearing nothing from the MSM about the drought. Absolutely nothing. If you google Midwest drought, you find no articles in the last month from any MSM outlet. Considering it’s an issue that will have a tremendous impact on worldwide food supplies and prices, the silence is deafening. Is the MSM incompetent or are they purposely keeping the ignorant masses in the dark? The two maps below show the drought has not let up. Any improvement has been matched by new drought development in other areas.
The article that I found below shoots a big hole in the storyline that this drought is due to global warming. It seems severe droughts have tracked every Fourth Turning, arriving like clockwork every 80 years.
If this drought continues and/or worsens during 2013 it could be a black swan that pushes food prices past a breaking point. The combination of Bernanke money printing, central banks debasing currencies across the globe, and food shortages could create a perfect storm. We are already seeing cracks in the foundation, as Venezuela and Argentina are experiencing the start of hyperinflation. Iran already has hyperinflation. Middle Eastern and Far East countires cannot withstand rapidly rising food prices. Revolution will follow.
The MSM is keeping the lid on this story because the implications are dire and the oligarchs have no control over it. They only control the message or lack of message.
Year-to-date precipitation (to February 5) has been subnormal in the Far West, central and northern Plains, New England, and along the eastern Gulf and southern Atlantic States. The greatest deficits (3 to 6 inches, locally more than a foot) have accumulated along the Washington, Oregon, and California coasts, in the Cascade and Sierra Nevada Mountains, and from the Florida Panhandle northeastward into the coastal Carolinas. In contrast, surplus precipitation has fallen on the Four Corners Region, southern Plains, most of the Mississippi, Tennessee, and Ohio Valleys, southern half of the Appalachians, and the mid-Atlantic. January 1-February 5 temperatures have averaged below normal in the West, close to normal in the Plains, upper Midwest, and mid-Atlantic, and above normal in the Southeast and New England.
Accordingly, some drought expansion has occurred over the past 3 weeks in Florida, southern Alabama and Georgia, the coastal Carolinas, and parts of Texas. In contrast, improvement was recorded along the northwestern Southeast drought edge and in the mid-Atlantic. Some improvement was also made in parts of the middle and lower Mississippi Valley (from Wisconsin to Arkansas), in the Four Corners region, southern coastal California, and Hawaii. The worst conditions (D3 to D4) have stubbornly persisted in the middle third of the Plains, and in central Georgia.
Midwest droughts on an 80-year cycle
By Cliff Harris/Weather Gems
The Coeur d’ Alene Press
Major solar-induced drought patterns, often lasting nearly a full decade, have recurred across the midsection of the U.S. approximately every 80 years since at least the early 1600s.
We are still in the latest version of this particular long-term drought cycle. We’ve seen some moisture relief in parts of Texas and the eastern Corn Belt in recent weeks, but the western Midwest and much of the Great Plains remain, of this Feb. 1, 2013 writing, in the firm grip of choking drought with no significant precipitation yet in sight west of the Mississippi River.
The latest Palmer Drought Index, released by the National Weather Service on Jan. 26, showed that much of eastern Montana, all of Wyoming, most of Nebraska and large parts of the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and New Mexico were still under “extreme drought conditions.”
Randy Mann and I do not see a major break in the prolonged drought in the nation’s heartland for at least another 60 days, maybe longer. It will take months of above normal moisture in order for these parched regions to even begin to recover from years of extreme dryness.
The last 80-year drought occurred in the Dust Bowl Era of the so-called ‘Dirty 1930s.’ This was one of the worst environmental disasters of the entire 20th Century anywhere in the world.
More than three million people were forced to abandon their farms when their wells and fields went dry in the Great Plains and the western Midwest. Nearly a million farmers went west to California and other Pacific coastal states to seek jobs of any kind, especially in the agriculturally rich valleys of California.
But, the main reason for the drought disaster in the central U.S. was poor land use and inept general farming techniques that saw these regions plowed up for decades before the 1930s as the planting of wheat expanded westward to the eastern slopes of the Rockies.
The natural grasses of the Great Plains could survive, in most cases, these horrible, long-lasting droughts. But, during the 1930s, and again in recent years, the wheat fields shriveled, exposing the bare earth and dust to the high winds. The resulting erosion and dust storms clogged the lungs of thousands of Plains residents. As many as 5,000 people died in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas alone between 1930 and 1937.
I should likewise mention that a preview of the 1930s Dust Bowl occurred during the 1856-65 major 80-year drought that peaked during the Civil War. The war ended and so did the drought in 1865. The ‘weather slaves’ were freed.
More soldiers died of the effects of malnutrition, exposure and disease toward the end of the Civil War than were killed by bullets. Parched croplands and homes in the Southeast were torched by Union soldiers that often resulted in their own demise as food supplies ran out.
Yes, Man can be his WORST ENEMY.