2011-06-08 13:54:17Earth, we have a problem.
John Hartz
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She knows other parts of Kansas — and even around the world — haven't had the rain.

The worst droughts in decades are wilting wheat fields worldwide.

Parts of China, the biggest grower, had the least rain in a century, some European regions are the driest in 50 years and almost half the winter-wheat crop in the U.S., the largest exporter, is rated poor or worse. Inventory is dropping 8.8 percent, the most in five years, Rabobank International says. Prices will advance 20 percent to as high as $9.25 a bushel by Dec. 31, a Bloomberg survey of 14 analysts and traders shows.

Wheat as much as doubled in the past year as crops failed, spurring Ukraine and Russia to curb shipments and increasing the U.S. share of global sales by the most since 2004. Russia ending its export ban on July 1 and Ukraine lifting quotas may not be enough as crops wither elsewhere, fueling gains in food prices which the United Nations says are already near a record.

And, in Kansas, which at one time billed itself as the breadbasket of the world, things don't look good.

"In 32 years, I've never seen so many problems in so many places," said Dan Basse, the president of AgResource Co., a farm researcher in Chicago.

"We're concerned about the world story now," said Basse, who has been studying agricultural markets since 1979.

Read more: http://www.kansas.com/2011/06/06/1881399/heat-drought-spur-early-wheat.html#ixzz1OeXz3TnD

2011-06-08 13:57:34
Albatross
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Latest US Drought Monitor-- not encouraging.

2011-06-08 14:23:24
Daniel Bailey
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Starting to sound like tomorrow...

2011-06-08 23:45:25Daniel Bailey
John Hartz
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The "Today's Dai" section of your excellent tome is a tad dated. Would it be possible to update it?

2011-06-08 23:58:09
Daniel Bailey
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@ Badger

If we give it a few more months we could probably fill an entire post with the extreme weather events of 2011 alone.  Unfortunately.

Yeah, updating it might be appropos.  Time is the issue right now.

2011-06-09 00:59:17Daniel Bailey
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As they say, "You have all the time in the world."

Have you thought of going in for cloning?

Your comment triggered a thouht: How about we identifiy ongoing extreme weather events in a section of the "Weekly Digest." Links to appropriate resouces would of course be included,  

2011-06-09 01:22:27
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I wonder if this is waking up any of those Texas politicians who so vehemently deny climate change....

2011-06-09 01:39:23
Daniel Bailey
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"Eh, thuh range's been burning in these here parts since before God made people.  Thuh south forty burnt 3 times just this mornin'...this here's Texas: everythang's bigger and more extreme here.

And that's thuh way we likes it."

2011-06-09 02:55:21
Albatross
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Rob,

"I wonder if this is waking up any of those Texas politicians who so vehemently deny climate change"

I wish-- the'll just say something like "this area has always experienced droghts, some of them worse than this one; this is just another cycle"....

Which may be true (depending how far one wants to go 0 to minus 4.6 billion years ;) But that line of thinking misses the point entirely. Also, it is not just Texas, severe weather related events are on the rise (as you now), but some people have trouble thinking globally.  I was once on a ski lift near Washington and was chatting with a local fella, and he asked me where I was from I said South Africa...he had no idea where it was, and explaining him the geography of Africa did not help b/c I don't think he even knew where Africa was.  It was a very educational moment for me....my children will travel.  Sample size of one I know, but I have met people in the USA who know pretty much nothing about Canada.

2011-06-09 03:34:16Albatoss
John Hartz
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Are you saying that Americans have a hard time connecting the dots?

2011-06-09 04:04:58Badger
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Americans can't connect the dots unless they're numbered

2011-06-09 04:16:18
Rob Honeycutt

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Or as we are learning now, if you can't connect the dots as numbered...  you just renumber the dots to your liking! 

2011-06-09 04:29:20Albie
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Didn't know you were from South Africa...

Americans know very little about geography, living very sheltered, parochial lives for the most part.  For example, I was in Calumet, Michigan (in da Copper Country of the Upper Peninsula) one day in a doctor's waiting room chatting with a fellow.  Turns out he was a logger.  He was young (26) and asked what kind of travels I had done in my life, so I shared some.

When I asked him similarly about his travel experiences I got a shocking answer,  He mentioned that he'd never been south of "da bridge".  I naturally assumed that he meant the Big Mack (the Mackinac Bridge, which connects the two peninsulas of Michigan).  After about a minute of chatting about some of the sights to be seen in the Lower Peninsula, he clarified that he'd meant the bridge connecting Hancock (gateway to the Copper Country) to Houghton...

Da UP   Big Mack    Houghton Lift Bridge

The Upper Peninsula    The Mackinac Bridge    The Houghton Lift Bridge

2011-06-09 04:41:07
Albatross
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Hi Badger,

I'm not sure that I understand your question.  It may seem that I was making a gross generalization, which I was not.  I was just relaying my personal experiences over the years.  Dana and others clearly do have a worldly view, sadly many Americans in my experience do not-- IIRC Americans have the lowest number of passports per capita

With reference to joining the dots, again sadly, many people do when it comes to AGW.

2011-06-09 04:44:14Albatross
John Hartz
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My question was meant to be "tongue in cheek."

2011-06-09 05:16:45
Albatross
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OK Badger, no worries :)

2011-06-09 05:22:48US Heat
Albatross
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Glad that I am not out east....swelter.

 

2011-06-09 05:31:30Is dat da global cooling :)
Daniel Bailey
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Forecast high for the day here = 77

Actual temps in the shade 1 hour ago = 91

Current temp (after 5-minute rain) = 58

Life in da UP = good

2011-06-09 06:16:27Beginning of the Long Hot Summer in the Southeast USA
John Hartz
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98F here in South Carolina. Ozone alert as well.