[QODLink]
Weather

Recent storms bring a ray of light to the US

As prospects on the ongoing drought situation look a little brighter
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2013 09:18
A worker clears snow from a parking lot after a storm hit the US Midwest [AFP]

The weather across the US has been “stuck” in a repeating pattern over the last few weeks. That has meant people across the eastern half of the country have been experiencing above average amounts of snow and rain.

Flooding towards the south and major snow delays at the airports in the north have been more the norm lately. But all of this precipitation does have a silver lining.

For more than a year, much of the US has been dealing with one of the worst droughts in over 5 decades. This has hit the American agricultural belt particularly hard, leading to rising food costs.

The two blizzards that swept through the central Plains at the end of February dumped up to 51cm of snow across the wheat belts of Texas and Oklahoma.

US meteorologists are saying that this winter’s rain and snow have eliminated the drought from Illinois eastwards. Unfortunately more precipitation is needed to bring the winter wheat crop to maturity and to aid in the seeding of upcoming corn and soybean crops.

Another series of storms is expected to bring more of the wet stuff to the same regions later on this week and into early next. Travellers may groan at this, but for farmers, it will be a little “sigh” of drought relief.

216

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
Thousands of Houthi supporters have called for the fall of Yemen's government. But what do the Houthis really want?
New ration reductions and movement restrictions have refugees from Myanmar anxious about their future in Thailand.
US lawyers say poor translations of election materials disenfranchise Native voters.
US drones in Pakistan have killed thousands since 2004. How have leaders defended or decried these deadly planes?
Residents count the cost of violence after black American teenager shot dead by white Missouri police officer.
join our mailing list