Really, I thought this was a spoof. It’s not.
I could have titled this “A River Used to Run Thru it”.
Nebraska had its driest year on record in 2012.
The result: In 2012, the red state of Nebraska got a lot redder. On 3 January 2012, none of the state was in extreme or exceptional drought (and less than 1% was in moderate or severe drought). By 1 January 2013 over 96% of the state was experiencing extreme or exceptional drought – and most of that (over 77%) was in exceptional drought. See the map below for the situation on 22 January 2013,
(D3-D4 drought, bright red and dark red on the map).
Adding insult to injury, the Republican River – which runs from Nebraska into Kansas – ran dry. The discharge for the Republican River near Orleans, Nebraska, in…
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