Update on July 2012 “On the Record” post about drought from CNN today, 9 January 2013.

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From a private email written by me on 4 August 2011:

“There will also be earthquakes in unanticipated places, and a second dust bowl is possible in the heartland. Cornering the commodities markets continues and is in full swing. Prices skyrocket, especially for untainted seafood and drought-stricken grain.”

CNBC 11 July 2012:
“The U.S. government declared more than 1,000 counties in 26 states drought disasters, as the economic impact of the worst crop condition in 24 years begins to be felt….”

“The hardest hit areas have been across the southern and eastern areas of the corn belt. ‘We haven’t had a drought like this since 1988. We’ve had regional droughts, but nothing that goes from the Rockies to the Appalachians,’ said Shawn McCambridge of Jeffrey Backer.”

CNN 17 July 2012:
“The USDA has designated 39 additional counties in…

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