1. HEAT WAVE

    Midwest Farmers Plagued by Drought

    Steve Niedbalski chops down his drought and heat stricken corn for feed Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in Nashville Ill. Farmers in parts of the Midwest are dealing with the worst drought in nearly 25 years. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

    Seth Perlman / AP Photo

    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.

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