Current drought in United States widest since 1956 - KMSP-TV

Current drought in United States widest since 1956

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The current drought in the United States is the widest since 1956, according to the monthly State of the Climate report released Monday by the National Climactic Data Center.

The report shoes 55 percent of the continental U.S. is in a moderate to extreme drought -- the most since December 1956, when 58 percent of the country was covered by drought.

In 2012, 80 percent of the U.S. is abnormally dry, and the drought expanded last month with the 14th warmest and 10th driest June on record going back to 1895.

The Midwest has experienced its seventh warmest and 10th driest April-to-June period, as farmers have watched crops and pastures deteriorate at an alarming rate.

Wisconsin farmers with drought-stricken fields are turning to desperate measures, as some consider trucking their cattle to greener pastures in the north as the dry spell continues.

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