From Fire Earth: Disasters plague 1,584 counties across 32 states
I’ve been watching this figure jump from 600 to 725 to 900, and then to over 1000 and now almost 1600 counties… in about two months!
List of the states with the number of additional counties designated as primary disaster areas
- Arkansas (2 counties)
- Georgia (6)
- Illinois (66)
- Indiana (2)
- Iowa (42)
- Kansas (4)
- Mississippi (1)
- Nebraska (47 counties)
- Oklahoma (12)
- South Dakota (25)
- Tennessee (3)
- Wyoming (8)
The following (probably) explains the run on food we’re experiencing:
From B. Defiance (thanks!) –
3 weather-related articles for you, Admin.
August 1, 2012 – ARIZONA – Once considered to be once-in-100-year events, giant dust storms are pounding the U.S. state of Arizona….
Since June, five dust storms have plagued Arizona’s famous valley area. On July 29, Phoenix… The cloud was 2,000 feet tall and nearly 60 miles wide. …tree limbs and power poles were snapped… Phoenix experienced three dust storms in a row the last week of July—which is considered very rare.
Some excerpts from http://www.countercurrents.org/spencer010812.htm
Canada’s agricultural areas are experiencing a similar plight. On Monday, Ontario’s agriculture minister appealed to the federal government for disaster assistance for farmers and livestock producers crippled by the drought. Canada is a major global producer of wheat, canola, and livestock.
The weather disaster in North America is mirrored in the bread baskets of Russia and the Ukraine, where wheat crops have been buffeted by a series of extreme temperatures, floods and droughts over the year.
“The wheat markets are basically marking time until the result of the Russian government meeting on the grain market is clear,” an unnamed trader commented to Reuters.
A commission on food security is schedule to convene on August 8 to discuss the Russian wheat supply.
In the past few weeks, Egypt, the world’s leading importer of wheat, and other Middle Eastern and African countries have seen grain suppliers default on previously agreed sales as grain prices rise. In June, a German speculator explained to Reuters, “traders were selling
wheat and other grains to buyers in the Middle East in expectation that a record US corn crop and Russian export surge would push down global grains prices. The price rises mean some sales were made at huge losses; people are now looking at the terms of their performance
bonds to see if it is worthwhile not delivering.”
Another speculator commented, “Some people with a 10 percent performance bond on deals could be financially better off defaulting than delivering. Naturally you can ruin your relationship with the buyers, but you have to decide what is worse.”
Asian importers buy nearly half of the world’s corn,…. Last year, Asian buyers substituted some 8 million tons of mainly US-grown corn with cheaper Australian wheat.
This year, however, the western Australian wheat crop has been damaged by lack of rain and repeated frosts, degrading the quality of much of the harvest. Grain output in the region may drop as much as 40 percent. Along with the US, Russia and Canada, Australia is one of the
world’s top wheat producers.
Aug 1, 2012
Drought and scorching heat are warming lakes, streams and rivers in the Midwest and Plains to temperatures seldom seen before.
In Chicago, Lake Michigan hit 82 degrees in late July at one point in late July, the water temperature of the Mississippi River at Moline measured 91 degrees…the water temperature in the Gulf of Mexico more than 1,200 miles to the south in Key West, Fla.,
was 87 Tuesday.
Fish kills because of the warm water have been reported in Michigan, Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota.
In Michigan, “water temperatures of nearly 90 degrees were recorded in the lower Shiawassee River this past week.
I’m unable to keep up with the deluge of bad news stories pouring in. You are advised to read what you can and make your preparations as soon as possible.
Update: from World Catastrophe Map –
When will Oklahoma finally have a tar-and-feather party for Senator Inhofe? This moron is STILL claiming it’s all bogus.
Update: World In Serious Trouble On Food
Thunderstorms Punching Holes Through the Ozone (this could be a big issue very soon)