The summer is less than a month old, and it has already made its way into the history books. The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) released its June “State of the Climate” report this morning, reporting that by the end of June, 55 percent of the contiguous United States was considered in “moderate” to “extreme” drought.
The last time drought was this extensive was in December 1956 when about 58 percent of the country was in these same drought conditions. It was also the 10th driest June on record, dating back to 1895.
In the Midwest alone, the report showed that areas in drought quadrupled in June.
According to the report, the corn and soybean agriculture belt has been hit especially hard by the drought over the past three months. The region has experienced its seventh warmest and 10th driest April to June period on record this year, resulting in the fifth most severe Palmer Z Index.