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US Drought Disaster Worst In Over 50 Years

Forecast: More Heat, More Drought

drought_ap-dry-cove.jpgBoats sit on the bottom in a dry cove at Morse Reservoir in Noblesville, Ind., July 16, 2012. (AP Photo)

The 2012 drought disaster is now the largest in over 50 years, and among the ten largest of the past century, according to a new report released by the National Climatic Data Center today.

The current drought actually covers more area than the famous 1936 drought, though other droughts in the Dust Bowl years – particularly the extreme drought of 1934 – still rank higher.

CBS News reports:

For the first time, government scientists are saying recent extreme weather events are likely connected to man-made climate change. It’s the conclusion of a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The report says last year’s record drought in Texas was made “roughly 20 times more likely” because of man made climate change, specifically meaning warming that comes from greenhouse gasses like carbon dioxide. The study, requested by NOAA, looked at 50 years of weather data in Texas and concluded that man-made warming had to be a factor in the drought.

The head of NOAA’s climate office, Tom Karl, said: “What we’re seeing, not only in Texas but in other phenomena in other parts of the world, where we can’t explain these events by natural variability alone. They’re just too rare, too uncommon.”

And with July typically being the hottest month of the year, it may get much worse before it gets better.

Among the top ten largest "severe" droughts on record, five of them peaked in the months of July and August.

The latest weather forecasts call for the drought afflicting the U.S. Midwest to worsen, taking a bigger toll on the country's massive corn and soybean crops, meteorologists said on Monday.

Now, more than 1,100 farmers in Nebraska have been ordered by the state's Department of Natural Resources to halt irrigation of their crops because the rivers from which they draw water have dropped due to a worsening drought.

The orders come as the central United States bakes under the worst drought in a half a century which has parched corn and soybean crops and sent prices of both commodities to near-record highs.

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This is so sad. Last year our lakes looked like that, but this year we're doing really good in Oklahoma. It appears the drought moved to the East and North-East.

Oklahoma will never see another drought like in 1934. We've set up a system where we can bring in water from other lakes.

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Veteran Russian Cosmonaut Georgi Grechko wants to meet aliens

Antonio Huneeus | Jul 19, 2012

In an interview published in the Russian tabloid My Secret Stars, veteran Russian cosmonaut Georgi Grechko made an astounding statement that he wants to meet humanoid aliens in December of 2012, right during the dreaded date of the end of the long cycle of the Mayan calendar. Grechko was quoted saying, “humanoids could visit our planet in 2012, during the shorter winter days, from 21 to 23 December, and I would like to meet them! To talk, to look at their famous flying saucer!”


Georgi Grechko as a Salyut-6 cosmonaut in the 1970s. (Credit: Russian space program)

Georgi Grechko is one Russia’s most famous cosmonauts. Born in 1931 in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), he graduated with a doctorate in mathematics at the Leningrad Institute of Mechanics. He later became an assistant of Sergei Korolyov (also spelled Korolev), the legendary chief space designer who orchestrated all the early triumphs of the Soviet space program, including the first Sputnik satellite in 1957 and the first man in space in 1961. During the sixties Grechko trained to go the moon before that secret Soviet project was cancelled after the American Apollo landings. Nevertheless, he flew in several missions, including the very first Salyut-6 in December 1977, where he made the first spacewalk in an Orlan space suit. He received twice the medal of Hero of the Soviet Union and has a minor planet 3148 named after him.

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The thing that most people don't realize is the Mayans have around 18 calendars, and the one that is ending in Dec. is the Sun calendar, and then there will be the beginning of another one. The elders claim this next wave will be a new spiritual awakening for mankind.

I'm surprised Georgi hasn't already met an alien. Some whistleblowers say they are already here.

The audio of Electric City seemed fine to me. The narrator sounded like the voice of Darth Vadar.

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Alex Jones is not anything if not passionate. Fitting of this day of tragedy and film, here is our post today, The Dark Knight Rises -

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