John Eligon reported in today’s New York Times that, “The drought that has settled over more than half of the continental United States this summer is the most widespread in more than half a century. And it is likely to grow worse.
“The latest outlook released by the National Weather Service on Thursday forecasts increasingly dry conditions [text, related graphics] over much of the nation’s breadbasket, a development that could lead to higher food prices and shipping costs as well as reduced revenues in areas that count on summer tourism.”
“‘It really is a crisis. I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like this in my lifetime,’ Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois said after touring ravaged farms in the southern part of the state.”