From the Summit County Citizens Voice (Bob Berwyn):
Across the country, June was the third-driest in the 118-year record, and the month ranked among the top-10 driest for 11 states, including Wyoming, which reported its driest June ever. Nationally, more of the U.S. is experiencing drought conditions than at any time in the last half century, and by some measures, the drought is approaching Dust Bowl proportions. According to the National Climatic Data Center, 55 percent of the U.S. is in some stage of drought, “the largest percentage since December 1956, when 58 percent … was in moderate to extreme drought,” according to the NCDC’s monthly drought update…
During the last three months, drought has expanded rapidly in Colorado, but it has not reached the magnitude of the 2002 record drought, according to the national drought monitor, in part due to the abundant moisture last year. About 66 percent of the West is experiencing drough, with only the Pacific Northwest seeing above-average rain during June.
Photo: June 2012 global temps the 4th-warmest ever › Land-surface temperatures at an all-time high › ›... tmblr.co/ZJMJPyPWiBlh—
Bob Berwyn (@bberwyn) July 17, 2012