Hello to All. Exist the following News: http://www.dtnprogressivefarmer.com...&blogEntryId=8a82c0bc3865298c0138b43d239f032b . ---------- Monday 07/23/2012 Flash Drought In A---Flash The Climate Central web site has produced a rapid-fire and very telling video of ths season's Flash Drought in the Midwest. It's a good graphic review of how we got to where we are in just a short span of time. The summary of the video, produced by Climate Central senior science writer Andrew Freeman, is as follows: This animation shows the rapid progression of the U.S. drought during the late spring into mid-summer, based on U.S. Drought Monitor maps. As of July 19, about 80 percent of the U.S. was experiencing some form of drought conditions. This was a stunning reversal of fortune from just a few months earlier, when it looked like corn growers were going to have an historically large harvest and drought was limited to the southern tier of the country. Scientists trace the drought's origins to a combination of factors, ranging from La NiÃ±a conditions in the Pacific Ocean, which tend to favor drought in the U.S., to a very mild winter that left little snowpack to help keep soils moist in the spring. Massive heat waves brought blistering heat during March, June and July, turbocharging the process of evaporating water out of soils and plants, and leading to what meteorologists call a "flash drought." Rather than develop gradually, as is more typical with drought conditions, this drought came on with stunning swiftness. Climate Outlooks for the August through October period call for above average temperatures and below average precipitation to persist across parts of the drought region, particularly the Midwest, which has been particularly hard-hit so far. Here's the link: http://www.climatecentral.org/blogs/flash-drought-in-us-explained-in-14-seconds/ . Twitter-- @BAndersonDTN Posted at 9:27AM CDT 07/23/12 by Bryce Anderson ---------- Kind Regards, George Kanellopoulos.