As 56% of the lower 48 are in a drought, we have an epic heatwave!
This image released on July 3, 2012, shows the average maximum temperature forecast from July 3-7. Black signifies a temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit, bright orange signifies 109 F.
CREDIT: NOAA National Weather Service Hydrometeorological Prediction Center [I can’t find the original, just this attribution..]
The silver lining of the drought this year is the potentially smaller Gulf Dead Zone due to reduced runoff laden excess fertilizer with from the corn belt. (via grist.com)
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