Folks outside the U.S. might not know that we are in the middle of the worst drought in 17 years. The drought is affecting much of Texas, especially the Panhandle, but we are not getting the worst of it. Things are much worse directly north and northeast of us, in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois. Corn production is way down, which means corn prices will go up.
Note: Iowa correspondent Sue just reported that 3/4 of Iowa is in extreme drought. The rest is severe.
Update: Last night, August 14, we had a good downpour. Not enough to end the drought but enough to bring a bit of relief from the heat.
Pop quiz: From south to north, can you name the U.S. states directly north of Texas? Allow me… Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota. Then you get into Canada.
This map is courtesy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.