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Drought Parches the United States

Despite Rain, Drought Lingers in the United States
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Despite Rain, Drought Lingers in the United States

Though a series of winter storms provided some relief, a pair of satellites operated by NASA shows that groundwater supplies remained unusually low in many parts of the country.

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Signs of the U.S. Drought Are Underground
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Signs of the U.S. Drought Are Underground

The GRACE satellites can detect the movement and depletion of water supplies at and below Earth’s surface.

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Mississippi River Well Below Normal
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Mississippi River Well Below Normal

Coming off of the extreme floods of 2011, the river was approaching historic lows in the summer of 2012 near Memphis and along much of its lower reaches.

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Mapping the Hot Summer
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Mapping the Hot Summer

July 2012 was the world’s 4th hottest July recorded since 1880.

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Drought Grips the United States
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Drought Grips the United States

In a dry spell of historic proportions, more than half of the country faces severe or moderate drought.

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