2012 drought worse than ’88

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State Climatologist Harry Hilaker said the 2012 Iowa drought has exceeded it’s 1988 predecessor by both breadth and severity.

“This one is worse than ‘88,” Hillaker said Monday. “You would have to go back to 1936 to find a drought worse than this one.”

Climatologist Brian Fuchs from the National Drought Mitigation Center attributed the 2012 drought to a high pressure-system that settled over the grain belt and repelled storms. He said the system has strengthened, and could continue to hold out for another two months.

For more information, read the full article at The Gazette.

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