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Heat wave: 1,000+ weather records fall in U.S. in a week
June 27, 2012  Hundreds of heat-related records recently have fallen across the United States.
In the past week, 1,011 records have been broken around the country, including 251 new daily high temperature records on Tuesday.
Tulsa Oklahoma tied its calendar day record high for June 25, 105 degrees, on Monday.

The heat is creating consequences ranging from the catastrophic to the comical, from wildfires in the Rocky Mountains to frying bacon on an Oklahoma sidewalk.
If forecasts hold, more records could fall in the coming days in the central and western parts of the country.

University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver says the current heat wave "is bad now by our current definition," but that this will be "far more common in the years ahead."
No matter where you are this week, the objective is the same: stay cool.

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Harbinger warnings from GOD - REPENT!  OR ELSE!
This is a captivating book and DVD - and is on youtube!


Heat hub for US is Kansas farm town - not Death Valley
June 28, 2012  Hill City resident: 'To have days on end, plus this early in the year ... that's what worries people'
Death Valley ain't got nothing on Hill City -- at least not this week. The Kansas farm town was the hottest place in the nation over the past five days and, while a bit cooler Thursday, was still a symbol for the heat wave sitting atop the central U.S. and slowly spreading east.
"We've pretty much restricted our travel and stayed indoors," Kirk Schweitzer, director of the local economic development office, told

Hill City topped out at 115 degrees on Wednesday - 8 degrees above its previous record for a June 27.
"To have days on end, plus this early in the year ... that's what worries people," he said. "Is this a foreshadowing of summers in years to come or just an anomaly?"
A Midwest town having the nation's highest temperature for five days in a row is very unusual, Chris Foltz, a National Weather Service meteorologist, told Reuters.

Extreme Weather Alert
June 30, 2012  Friday
Kids are especially vulnerable.  Tulsa, Okla
As they sprint around the playground with boundless energy, it might seem like kids are impervious to the heat.
And in general, doctors say kids are healthier than adults.
But one important difference that parents might not know is that children do not sweat as much as adults, and so they can't regulate their body temperature as efficiently.
Dr. Patrick Daley with St. John Medical Center says hydration is vital, and not just AFTER the kids play outside.
"Be sure we're drinking before and after we do activities is so important," Daley said.
He said it depends on the activity, but he says when temperatures are 100 degrees and above,  a good rule-of-thumb is to have the kids come inside and cool off after about 30 minutes of playing outside.

Brief break forecast from the triple-digit temperatures
The hot temperatures overnight aren’t doing anything to help bring the temperatures down during the day.
Tulsa County remains under an excessive heat warning until 9:00 Friday night.
News On 6 Meteorologist Alan Crone says today’s high is 103 degrees.
Alan says, “The normal high temperature is 91. As you well know from the last couple of days have been from 103 to as high as 105. “
The forecast for Sunday shows 102 degrees for the high.
Alan says, “It look like that our mid-level ridge of high pressure is slowly moving away from the area this weekend.”
It won’t totally go away, but it is getting weaker.

Accuweather - heat dangers

Record Heat, No Power - serious situation

Harbinger warnings


Derecho - U.S. electrical grid system suffers ‘catastrophic damage’ from storms
July 2, 2012 – WASHINGTON - Relentless heat was forecast for much of the eastern United States for a fourth straight day on Monday, with about 2.2 million customers without power after violent storms and soaring temperatures killed at least 15 people. Power companies warned it could take several days to restore electricity completely in some areas as much of the United States sweltered in a record-breaking heat wave. “Hot and hotter will continue to be the story from the plains to the Atlantic Coast for the next few days,” the National Weather Service said. Emergencies were declared in Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington because of damage from a rare “super derecho” storm packing hurricane-force winds across a 700-mile (1,100 kilometre) stretch from the Midwest to the Atlantic Ocean. About 2.2 million homes and businesses from Illinois to New Jersey were still without power Monday morning, with the biggest concentration of outages in the Washington area. With power lines down across the region, the U.S. government told federal workers in the Washington area they could take unscheduled leave or work from home. Many schools and local governments also canceled programs or were closed because of outages. The storms came amid a record-setting heat wave that has seen temperatures top 100 Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) in several southern cities. In Atlanta, the mercury hit an all-time record of 106 degrees (41 C) on Saturday and reached 105 on Sunday. From St. Louis to Washington, temperatures were forecast to hit more records on Monday. Thunderstorms and high winds battered eastern North Carolina on Sunday afternoon, causing three more deaths on top of at least 12 caused by the deadly storms and heat in several states on Saturday. Powerful storms that brought wind gusts of up to 90 mph on Sunday knocked out power to more than 200,000 Commonwealth Edison customers in northeastern Illinois. “Friend and coauthor Bill Forstchen notes Washington-Baltimore blackout is a  mild taste of what an EMP(electromagnetic pulse) attack would do,” tweeted former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. About 100,000 remained without power on Monday, the utility said. Utilities in Ohio, Virginia and Maryland described damage to their power grids as catastrophic. FirstEnergy utilities in states from Ohio to New Jersey had about 314,000 customers without power. The company said it expected to restore electricity to its Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania customers by Tuesday and Wednesday, but it could be late in the week before power was restored to all its customers in West Virginia

Lament for the Land
I wrote this for July 4, 2012  
It should be our Independence Day - FREEDOM celebration to wave our flag proudly!
But America has become a SHAME.

Harbinger means warning.
Before God judges a nation, He sends warning
February  1, 2012  and earlier I saw and reported all the harbingers, WARNINGS
GOD sent warning to ancient Israel - and to the United States of America.

Harbinger warnings from GOD - REPENT!  OR ELSE!
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn and Michael Boldea both warn, multiple pages

0bamacare curse on USA
June 2012  -  nail in the coffin

GOD responds to Barack Hussein Obama and the Supreme Court 0bamaCare decision!

Isaiah 9:10 Judgment(~52 minutes) - this is the BEST HARBINGER video!

Here are separate threads of the judgment of God on the USA for its SIN.
Its hard to know where to post, as to me it all seems related.

Some states have burn bans and bans against fireworks, due to heat, wind and drought.

Wildfires U.S.A.  *  Mainly Colorado but many states

Dericho storms USA, millions without power for days of record HEAT
June 29-30, 2012  Friday and Saturday
The Supreme Court decision Thursday was the road to Derecho, which hit DC hardest.
Dericho in Spanish means right, justice, law, equity, honest.

Heat wave USA

Amid misery of storm damage, D.C. firefighters fill private pool - firefighters work for the PUBLIC!
I find this outrageous!

Twilight’s Last Gleaming, the TRUTH about America founding fathers
Book by Robert Jeffress


July 3, 2012
Heat emergency in eastern U.S. with high temperatures expected for July 4 holiday and no electricity.
At least 22 deaths reported from Ohio to North Carolina.
Storm leaves 232 passengers stranded on Amtrak train overnight on Friday.  - that had to STINK!
West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Ohio declared states of emergency.

July 6, 2012  Hundreds of thousands without power brace for more blistering 100 degree heat.
Customers had no power in 11 states and the District of Columbia.
Highs above 100 are forecast in Chicago, Indianapolis and Baltimore
Fayette County, West Virginia, about two-thirds of its 46,000 residents had no electricity.

Midwest can't get any relief from oppressive heat


DETROIT (AP) — When the air conditioner stopped in Ashley Jackson's Southfield, Mich., home, so too did normal conversations and nightly rest.

"Inside the house it was 91 degrees. ... I wasn't talking to anybody. Nobody was talking to anybody," said Jackson, 23, who works as a short-order cook in Detroit. "We mostly slept, but it was hard to sleep because of the heat. I probably got about four hours of sleep each night."

St. Louis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Chicago and several other Midwest cities already have broken heat records this week or are on the verge of doing so. And with even low temperatures setting record highs, some residents have no means of relief, day or night.

The National Weather Service said the record-breaking heat that has baked the nation's midsection for several days was slowly moving into the mid-Atlantic states and Northeast. Excessive-heat warnings remained in place Friday for all of Iowa, Indiana and Illinois as well as much of Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Kentucky.

St. Louis hit a record high of 105 on Wednesday and a record low of 83. In Wisconsin, the coolest Milwaukee and Madison got was 81 in the early morning, beating previous low records by 2 and 4 degrees respectively. Temperatures didn't fall below 79 in Chicago, 78 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and 75 in Indianapolis.


GOD's Hand of Judgement
Washington, DC Heatwave Breaks Records for days.
Gay Pride event at Pentagon Tuesday, June 26, record heat begins on Wednesday, June 27
Supreme Court defies Constitution in Obamacare decision Thursday, June 28,
Super Derecho leaves 700 mile swath of devastation from Illinois to Washington Friday, June 29
3000 heat records broken in the past week and Washington, DC sets all time record
in nine days from June 28 - July 6, with more coming


Back in 2006, I remember there were news reports like this, however, it only hit like a few states and that was it(ie-California). IOW, it's much different now.

Torrid Heat: 4,500 Record Highs and Counting


We're now approaching a two-week spell of record-smashing heat which first built in the Rockies and High Plains, then spread into the rest of the nation's heartland, then surged into the Southeast and parts of the Mid-Atlantic States.  

The number of record highs tied or broken across the nation is staggering.  Below are the latest tallies over the past 30 days from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center:

How significant is this heat, in historical context?  

We've had a potential new state record for South Carolina (113 at the Univ. of S.C. in Columbia and in Johnston) and a near-miss of the state record for Tennessee (Lewisburg reached 112 on July 2).

Atlanta, Ga. has reached the "century mark" 4 times since June 29.  It had been just under 5 years since they had last hit 100 degrees, and hadn't done so in the month of June since 1954!

Friday, St. Louis tied July 1936 for the second longest streak of 100-plus degree days on record, with its 9th straight day.  While the record of 13 straight days will not be eclipsed, the mere fact we're in the territory of the "Dust Bowl" speaks magnitudes!  

Chicago tied a record triple-digit streak of 3 days from Aug. 1947 and Jul. 1911 Friday.  Parts of Chicagoland were as hot as 105 degrees Thursday!

The Badger State also seared in heat not seen in decades Thursday.  With a high of 104, Madison, Wisc. had its hottest day since July 10, 1976.  Only a pair of "Dust Bowl" days (Jul. 13 & 14, 1936) were hotter there.  Highs topped out at 106 degrees in Kenosha, Wautoma, and Middleton Thursday.

The triple-digit heat just rolls on into the weekend in the Central Plains, Ohio Valley, and Mid-Atlantic States.

But it's not just triple-digit heat, in some locations all-time record highs may be threatened Saturday, including...

- Washington, D.C. (106 most recently on Jul. 20, 1930)

- Pittsburgh (103 most recently on Jul. 16, 1988)

- Louisville (107 most recently on Jul. 14, 1936)

Only one other day since the "Dust Bowl" has Washington, D.C. seen a high of at least 105 degrees (Aug. 17, 1997).  Triple-digit heat may spread as far north as New York City, as well.  

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh noted that forecast temperatures a few thousand feet above the ground for Saturday were at levels never seen before at that location.  The last 100-degree high in the "Steel City" was almost 17 years ago (July 15, 1995).

Saturday could also see temperatures not seen since the "Dust Bowl" in Cincinnati.  Only July days in 1936, 1934, or 1901 have seen highs reach 105 degrees in the "Queen City".  

Sunday may still feature some lingering heat from the Mid-Atlantic States to Georgia, and some muted heat in the Plains and Ohio Valley.  With that said, keep the faith.  Significant heat relief is on the way to kick off the new work week!

42 die in unrelenting heat
July 9, 2012   At least 42 (BBC) people have died in a heatwave that has brought soaring temperatures to a dozen US states from the Midwest to the East Coast.
Crops shrivelled and roads and railway lines buckled in the heat.

Temperatures soared to more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit in several cities as Americans dipped into the water, went to the movies and rode the subway just to be in air conditioning for relief from unrelenting heat that has killed at least 30 people across half the country.
At least 30 deaths were blamed on the heat, including nine in Maryland and 10 in Chicago, mostly among the elderly. Three elderly people found dead in their houses in Ohio had heart disease, but died of high temperatures in homes lacking power because of recent outages,7340,L-4252498,00.html

Deadly Weather Kills Nearly 200 in US and Russia
A deadly heat wave kills at least 30 people in the US, and
144 people die in flash floods in Russia.
Flood warnings posted in Britain.


Deu 11:13  And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,
Deu 11:14  That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.
Deu 11:15  And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.
Deu 11:16  Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;
Deu 11:17  And then the LORD'S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.


In what should come as no surprise to many people living in the United States in the last month or so, the first half of 2012 was officially the hottest ever recorded.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the period from January through June was "the warmest first half of any year on record for the contiguous United States."

The average temperature was 52.9 degrees Fahrenheit, or 4.5 degrees above average, the NOAA said on Monday. Twenty-eight states east of the Rockies set temperature records for the six-month period. The 12 months ending June 30 was the warmest 12-month period of any on record, according to the NOAA.

Record-breaking temperatures blistered most of the United States in June, with more than 170 all-time temperature records broken or tied during the month. On June 28 in Norton, Kansas, for instance, the temperature reached 118 degrees, an all-time high. On June 26, Red Willow, Nebraska, set a temperature record of 115 degrees, eclipsing the 114-degree mark set in 1932.

The first six months of the year were also drier than most, with precipitation totals 1.62 inches below average. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than half of the country (56 percent) experienced drought conditions--the largest percentage in the 12-year history of the service.

The NOAA report comes on the heels of a heat wave that's been blamed for at least 30 deaths and shattered more than 3,000 temperature records in July alone.

Corn Prices Surge to $7.40 Per Bushel

A scorching drought across the Midwest will slash corn yields by much more than most analysts had expected, the government said in a report that reignited a record rally in grain prices.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the crop will average just 146.0 bushels an acre, down 20 bushels from its June estimate.

As a result, the agency reduced its forecast for ending stocks by 37 percent from last month, partly offset by lower exports and less ethanol usage.

The surprisingly deep cut to the yield outlook shocked traders, who had expected the USDA to take a more conservative approach to adjusting its outlook. The reduction in ending stocks was deeper than the forecast for a 32 percent cut.

Corn on the Chicago Board of Trade soared after the release of the report, with the December contract surging 23 cents to $7.40-1/2 per bushel, nearly touching the contract high reached two days ago. Prices have risen 34 percent in the past four weeks.

U.S. declares drought-stricken states largest natural disaster area ever


The United States Department of Agriculture has declared natural disaster areas in more than 1,000 counties and 26 drought-stricken states, making it the largest natural disaster in America ever.

The declaration—which covers roughly half of the country—gives farmers and ranchers devastated by drought access to federal aid, including low-interest emergency loans.

"Agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation's economy," U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday while announcing the assistance program. "We need to be cognizant of the fact that drought and weather conditions have severely impacted farmers around the country."

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than half the country (56 percent) experienced drought conditions—the largest percentage in the 12-year history of the service. And according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the period from January through June was "the warmest first half of any year on record for the contiguous United States."

The average temperature was 52.9 degrees Fahrenheit, or 4.5 degrees above average, NOAA said on Monday. Twenty-eight states east of the Rockies set temperature records for the six-month period.

A heat wave blistered most of the United States in June, with more than 170 all-time temperature records broken or tied during the month. On June 28 in Norton, Kan., for instance, the temperature reached 118 degrees, an all-time high. On June 26, Red Willow, Neb., set a temperature record of 115 degrees, eclipsing the 114-degree mark set in 1932.

Global food crisis looms as grain prices soar
The world is watching and waiting while US farmers struggle with the worst drought in 25 years

What looks to be the worst U.S. drought in a quarter of a century has given rise to an old-fashioned commodity rally on world markets, with key grain prices hitting highs which caused food crises in vulnerable parts of the globe last time around.

Seeking to protect their populations from hunger this time, many countries relying heavily on imports have held off for now, touting healthy stock levels and hoping other sources will come through and bring prices down.
But their hopes may be dashed if they all return to market at once.

With so much of the world putting faith in a record U.S. corn crop, it is little wonder that prices have surged around 40 percent in the past three weeks as relentless dry weather melted yield expectations for cereals. Soybeans are at record highs, while wheat is not far behind.
"Production potential looked great and it kind of lulled these end-users into a false sense of security. At that point we were seriously looking at (corn) prices under $5 if weather conditions remained ideal, but now we've rallied sharply higher and never looked back," Jefferies Bache analyst Shawn McCambridge said.

Now, corn futures contracts backed by the 2012 harvest are above $7 a bushel and climbing fast.
Traders said consumers in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East had pulled back on regular purchases, expecting prices to cool off.
"This to me is a time bomb. I am routinely one of the more bearish people but it wouldn't surprise me if corn traded at $10," the trader added.

There are several parallels between the current state of play and food crises of the past few years, including scorching weather, wilting crops and sky-rocketing prices. Just substitute 2012's U.S. drought and corn for 2010's Russian crop failure.

Similarities can also be found on the macro front - 2008, when prices were last at these levels, saw a mushrooming financial crisis culminate in the failure of Lehman Brothers, and now Europe's debt crisis has left the euro zone precariously balanced, with other regions also on edge.
The uncertainty has led to swings in all the markets this time as then, but the simple common denominator of supply and demand has been the driving force of the latest grain price spike, with weather the only fundamental that matters.

The Largest Natural Disaster In U.S. History: The Endless Drought Of 2012 Will Bake America Well Into August
July 16, 2012  Why is the heartland of the United States experiencing such a horrific drought right now?  At the moment, approximately 61 percent of the entire nation is experiencing drought conditions, and this is absolutely devastating farmers and ranchers all over the country.  Less than two weeks ago I wrote an article asking what would happen if these drought conditions persisted, and now we are finding out.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has created the largest natural disaster area in U.S. history.  The USDA has declared 1,016 counties in 26 U.S. states to be disaster areas. The USDA declaration basically covered about half of the nation, and there is now no denying how horrible this drought really is.  You can see a map of this disaster area right here.  This endless drought is being compared to the nightmarish drought of 1988, and if it persists into August it could become perhaps the worst drought that America has ever seen.  The USDA says that approximately 60 percent of all corn in the country is experiencing "moderate to extreme" drought conditions.  If this drought does not end soon, the losses are going to be mind blowing.  Already, it is estimated that farmers and ranchers have suffered billions of dollars in damage.  How much worse can things get?

At the beginning of July many were hoping that we would soon see some rain and that we could still see a decent corn harvest.
Unfortunately, the drought has gotten even worse since that time.  The following is from an article in the Chicago Tribune....
The whole of Iowa was classified as abnormally dry as of July 10 and 12.7 percent of the top corn and soybean producing state was in severe drought, up from 0.8 percent the prior week.

Harder-hit Illinois, the No. 2 corn and soy state, was 66.28 percent under severe drought or worse, up from 40 percent the previous week.
Severe to exceptional drought covered 80.15 percent of Indiana, versus 68.84 percent the prior week.
Conditions in Missouri also deteriorated, with 82.54 percent of the state in severe drought or worse, compared with 78.83 percent the week before.
That is not good news.

Posted below is the latest update from the U.S. drought monitor.  As you can see, nearly the entire southern half of the country is extremely dry right now....
It is being projected that in some of the major corn growing areas as much as 60 percent of the crops could be lost.
Many farmers that had been desperately hoping for rain are now becoming resigned to the fact that their crops are not going to make it.  The following is from an article in the New York Times....

"Corn is anywhere from knee-high to waist-high," Gonzalee Martin, agriculture and natural resources educator with Purdue University’s Allen County extension office, told The News-Sentinel. "Much of it has already tassled with no ears at all. Much of it’s going to be completely lost"
When your livelihood depends on the weather, an endless drought can be extremely stressful.  Many farmers that had been anticipating a bumper crop this year are now faced with an utter disaster.  The following example comes from CNN....

Now, as punishing drought grips the Midwest, Villwock, 61, walks his hard-hit 4,000 acres in southwest Indiana in utter dismay.
Where there should have been tall, dark green, leafy plants, there now stand corn stalks that are waist high or, at best, chest high. They are pale in color and spindly. Fragile. Tired.
Pull back an ear's husk and you find no kernels, he says. With temperatures rising above 95 degrees, the pollen starts to die.

"It's emotionally draining," he said. "The crop got out of the ground very well. We were so optimistic. But maybe a few of us were counting our eggs before they were hatched."
So is there any hope that things are going to turn around?

Unfortunately, things do not look promising right now.  It is being projected that the Corn Belt will experience extremely high temperatures and very low rainfall all the way through mid-August.  The following report comes from agricultural meteorologists are concerned that new and frequent waves of near-100-degree temperatures and stingy rainfall will further stress crops over Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska into mid-August.
When temperatures are very high and rainfall is very low, evaporation happens very rapidly.  As notes, when the ground becomes very, very dry it can create a vicious cycle that feeds on itself....
Evaporation rates are very high into the first part of August. Soaking rain on a regular basis instead of a brief downpour is needed to be of benefit beyond a couple of days.

Turning things around in the Midwest as a whole will be a difficult task as dry ground tends to bring higher daytime temperatures, which in turn raises evaporation rates and so on.
So what does all of this mean for the rest of us?

It is going to mean higher food prices.
On Friday, the price of corn hit $7.50 a bushel.
It had been thought that the price of corn would only be about $5.00 a bushel this year.
At this point, the price of corn is up 48 percent since mid-June, and it could go a whole lot higher.
Some analysts are projecting that if this endless drought persists, we could see ten dollars for a bushel of corn and 20 dollars for a bushel of soybeans.
And yes, you will notice this at the supermarket.

In a previous article, I included a quote from a recent article by Holly Deyo about why the price of corn affects the price of so many other products....
Since 75% of grocery store products use corn as a key ingredient, expect food prices to skyrocket. Corn is also a staple in many fast foods. Corn is in ethanol and the main food source or chickens. In addition to this, maize is in many things that aren't obvious like adhesives, aluminum, aspirin, clothing starch, cosmetics, cough syrup, dry cell batteries, envelopes, fiberglass insulation, gelatin capsules, ink, insecticides, paint, penicillin, powders, rugs and carpets, stamps, talcum, toothpaste, wallpaper, and vitamins. That's just for starters.

This is a huge heads up for you to purchase corn-using products NOW before these conditions reflect in grocery goods. It will be a narrow window of opportunity.
This endless drought is also a complete and total nightmare for ranchers.
At this point, approximately 50 percent of America's pastures and ranges are in "poor" or "very poor" condition.

Back in June, that figure was only sitting at 28 percent.
So things have gotten a lot worse very quickly.
A lot of ranchers are selling off their cattle because this drought is making it very difficult to continue to feed them.  The following is from
Rauhn Panting, with the University of Idaho, who works with ranchers and farmers, says, "We're going to run out of grass. It's going to be scary." Ranchers are being advised to vacate grazing lands, weeks and even months before when they usually have to leave.

Left with only two choices, feed or sell, many are opting to sell their cattle. The Torrington Stock Market in Wyoming, has recorded that 36,000 cattle were sold in May and June of this year. The usual average for these months is 5,500. Small ranchers, with 30-50 cow/calf pairs, are being hit the hardest.
So expect higher meat prices in the fall and winter as well.

This all comes at a really bad time.  We are already on the verge of a global financial catastrophe.  Agriculture was supposed to be one of the few bright spots in the U.S. economy.
Sadly, the U.S. is not the only one having problems with crops this year.
For example, in Germany farmers are actually experiencing a full-blown plague of rats.
Yes, seriously.

The following is from a recent Der Spiegel article....
Millions of field mice are overrunning the central German states of Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt, much to the concern of local farmers. The rodents are devastating food crops, cutting yields by up to 50 percent. Getting birds of prey to hunt the critters didn't help, and now farmers want to be allowed to use a banned rat poison.

So why is all of this happening?
Why is nature going crazy all of a sudden?



Heat wave blisters U.S. states from Michigan to Maine
July 17, 2012
If you haven't noticed, it's summer. And it's scorching hot.
Excessive heat warnings or advisories have been issued for at least 15 states as another heat wave continues to smother the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will be 10-15 degrees above normal from Chicago to Boston, with dangerous heat index values exceeding 100 degrees through at least Wednesday.

"Breath-stealing heat" in Philadelphia will make it feel well over 100 degrees, the Philadelphia Inquirer said. A Bermuda High will push temperatures in the City of Brotherly Love to 99 degrees.
In Chicago, highs could reach 100 degrees with a heat index of 110 degrees, the weather service said. (If it reaches 101, it would break the 100-degree mark set in 1942.)

In Ann Arbor, Mich., the high temperature is expected to range anywhere from 98 to 105 degrees; in Detroit, where the forecast high is 102, six schools were closed on Tuesday due to lack of air conditioning.
In Washington, D.C., temperatures could reach 100 degrees for the sixth time this year, and a heat index of 105 is expected on Wednesday. (Hopefully, the intense heat won't melt the tarmac at Reagan National this time.)

In New Jersey, which has already seen 16 days of temperatures of higher than 90 degrees this summer—the heat index will hit 101.
There is, however, some relief on the way. Tuesday "will be the peak of the hot temperatures in the Great Lakes and Northeast," according to the Weather Channel. "The heat and humidity will continue into Wednesday along the Northeast I-95 corridor from New York to Washington."

The first half of 2012 was officially the hottest ever recorded, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average temperature was 52.9 degrees Fahrenheit, or 4.5 degrees above average, the NOAA said on Monday. Twenty-eight states east of the Rockies set temperature records for the six-month period. The 12-month period ending June 30 was the warmest 12-month period of any on record, according to the NOAA.

Record-breaking temperatures blistered most of the United States in June, with more than 170 all-time temperature records broken or tied during the month.
Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the United States, claiming more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined, according to the weather service. A heat wave that began late last month and stretched into July was blamed for at least 30 deaths.

Tulsa's temperatures are rising and are showing no signs of letting up yet.
August  1, 2012  
The National Weather Service forecasts highs near 113 degrees this afternoon; 109 on Thursday; 107 on Friday; and 102 on Saturday for Tulsa.
Highs are expected to finally sink to the 90s again by Sunday, when a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms is forecast for Tulsa.
Tulsa reached its hottest temperature of the calendar year on Tuesday, 112 degrees. Tulsa finished the month of July with 1.38 inches of rain, almost 2 inches below normal for the month.

Excessive heat warning
The weather service extended its heat warning for northeast Oklahoma until 7 p.m. Friday.
Counties under the warning are: Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Haskell, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskgee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pittsburg, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.
According to the weather service, these areas are expected to have high temperatures in the 105- to 115-degree range each afternoon, with overnight lows in the mid- to upper 70s. More urbanized areas in Tulsa County are expected to have overnight lows in the mid- to upper 80s.

Burn bans still in effect
County commissioners extended Tulsa County's burn ban through next week.

Oklahoma is so hot that street lamps are melting
August  2, 2012  It's hard to not be concerned with global warming when its effects are right in front of your eyes. Sure, it's one thing when the ocean begins to reclaim islands, but when you can see the effects in your home town, well, that's another story altogether. Case in point: KFOR TV in Stillwater, Oklahoma is reporting that temperatures are so high that the street lamps have begun melting.

To be sure, Stillwater is suffering from one heck of a heatwave. It's expected to reach 115 there today, 108 on Friday, and 109 on Saturday. And warmer temperatures are nothing new: July represented the 23rd month out of the last 28 that came in warmer than average.

It's possible the heat itself isn't responsible for the event — it's being reported on Facebook that a nearby dumpster fire may have been the cause of the melting plastic light housings. Still, that dumpster fire was caused and aggravated by the record heat and dryness. And if dangerous, spontaneous fires aren't reason enough to go green, we don't know what is.



Southern Calif. to continue baking in heat wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Forecasters say there's no relief in sight and Southern California's heat wave is expected to continue through this week, with temperatures peaking Thursday and Friday.

The National Weather Service says Woodland Hills topped its 1982 record of 106 on Wednesday, when the mercury reached 107.

On Monday, the San Fernando Valley hotspot tied its record temperature of 108 degrees that was set in 1997.

Southern California Edison is ramping up the number of crews available to respond to possible power outages as sweltering temperatures send electricity use climbing.

The company is urging conservation and saying that high electricity use _ particularly from air conditioners _ is straining distribution equipment, but no power outages have been reported.


Record heat wave taxes California's power grid; alert issued

Amid a record heat wave, Californians are being urged to conserve power.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through Friday for several spots in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, including mountain ranges and valleys, with triple-digit heat projected in much of the region.

The heat wave comes as Southern California has been coping without the 2,200 megawatts of power normally generated by the San Onofre nuclear plant. The plant has been out of service for more than six months due to equipment problems.

The flex alert issued by the California Independent System Operator is in effect from Friday through Sunday. During that time, consumers are asked to set air conditioning at 78 degrees or higher or turn it off while away from home, turn off unnecessary lights and appliances and restrict use of major appliances to the morning and late evening.

Flex alerts are a measure to encourage energy conservation at times when the statewide energy grid could become strained, leading to outages.



Western states bake under extended heat wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Temperatures soared into triple digits across the western United States on Saturday as a continuing heat wave strained energy supplies and sent thousands to beaches, lakes and shopping malls in search of cooler climes.

A large and forceful high pressure system pushed the mercury to roughly 10 degrees above normal across the west, but relief is in sight — the system is drifting east. By Tuesday, temperatures should be back to normal, said David Sweet, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

"It's cooling by a couple degrees each day. Still, when you're looking at 105 degrees, that's only 103," he said.

California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Montana all reported higher than normal temperatures. Authorities in numerous states issued warnings for everything from fire danger to energy use to dehydration — and even to be on lookout for hungry bears.

With some areas of Colorado seeing almost double the number of days with 90-plus temperatures this year, bears have seen their natural food supply dry up, forcing them to forage in human habitats.

In Phoenix, a desert city well accustomed to blistering summer temperatures, record highs were set three days last week. Temperatures on Wednesday hit 116. This weekend, the thermometer is expected to hit around 113. Homeless people are flocking into the city's shelters, which have opened up extra beds to accommodate up to 150 additional people Saturday night.


Record-Breaking Heat Returning to Southern California


An offshore flow will send temperatures soaring across Southern California all the way to the coast over the next few days.

A large zone of high pressure currently over the central Pacific Ocean will build into the Southwest over the next few days. This will, in turn, send the winds out of a northeasterly direction, allowing warmth to travel all the way to the coast.

Temperatures will heat up into the middle and upper 80s throughout the valleys of Southern California beginning Sunday.

The hottest day appears to be Monday when several record highs could be broken. Temperatures will rise into the lower 90s from downtown Los Angeles through Riverside and San Bernardino.

80-degree temperatures will make it all the way to the coast, impacting Santa Barbara, Long Beach, and San Diego.


Corn Supply Dropping Most Since 1995 Signals U.S. Rally
10 January 2013, by Jeff Wilson (Bloomberg)


U.S. corn supplies, the world’s biggest, are dropping at the fastest pace in 17 years as drought damage exceeds government forecasts and five months of declining prices spur demand from livestock producers.

Inventories on Dec. 1% were 15% lower than a year earlier at 8.22 billion bushels (208.8 million metric tons), the smallest post-harvest stockpile since 2003, according to the average of 26 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley and Macquarie Group Ltd. expect prices to rebound at least 17% to $8.14 a bushel in 2013.

While futures surged to a record $8.49 in August as the drought spread, they then tumbled 18% as U.S. exports slowed and buyers sought cheaper supply from Brazil and Ukraine.

Prices will rebound because the government overestimated the harvest and probably will lower the figure when it reports tomorrow, the analysts said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture already expects global stockpiles on Oct. 1 to be the smallest relative to consumption since 1974.

“Consumers have become too complacent waiting for lower prices,” said Christopher Gadd, an analyst at Macquarie in London who expects prices to reach $8.50 this year.

“The story going forward will be an improvement in U.S. exports. Buyers have nowhere else to turn.”

Corn rose as much as 68% from June 15 to mid-August on the Chicago Board of Trade before retreating.

It ended the year up 8 percent, compared with a 0.3% gain in the Standard & Poor’s GSCI gauge of 24 commodities.

The MSCI All- Country World Index of equities jumped 13%.

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