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HEAT WAVE Midwest Farmers Plagued by Drought Seth Perlman / AP Photo

Midwest Farmers Plagued by Drought

Midwest farmers continued to suffer Friday from the continuous drought that has earned 1,016 counties in 26 states recognition as a natural disaster areas. According to the National Climatic Data Center, some parts of the Midwest have experienced the worst June conditions since 1988 lately, with crops and pastures for livestock drying out. The past year has been the warmest the United States has seen since 1895—the year the National Climatic Data Center began regularly recording temperatures.

July 13, 2012 10:08 AM