2012 has been the hottest year ever in the United States
Meanwhile, the drought (remember the drought?) continues.
The October 30, 2012 U.S. Drought Monitor showed 60.2 percent of the contiguous U.S. was experiencing moderate-to-exceptional drought, less than the 64.6 percent at the beginning of October. Drought conditions improved across parts of the Midwest and Northeast, while drought conditions worsened across parts of the Northern Rockies.
And that ongoing drought continues to affect agricultural production. From Reuters:
October is typically the third-wettest month for Texas, but instead last month was the ninth-driest October statewide since 1895, according to the Drought Monitor report issued weekly by a consortium of state and federal climatology experts.
Texas and Oklahoma both recorded above-normal temperatures and little or no rain. Kansas and Nebraska also saw drought expansion.
The persistent drought was hindering growth of the new winter wheat crop in those states, as soil moisture levels were too low to spur normal plant development. Grazing for livestock was also poor as pastures remained parched.
Does the ongoing drought and that thing about the livestock up there and some article I read at FoxNews.com and my own personal bias mean that global warming is therefore a hoax? Yes, of course. Obviously.
Philip Bump writes about the news for Gristmill. He also uses Twitter a whole lot.