US Drought Isn't Going Anywhere Anytime Soon

According to recent figures, a full 61 percent of the country is experiencing drought conditions, almost double the amount in 2011. Some are warning of a coming "megadrought" in the western US.

What's the Latest Development?


Drought conditions in the US are worsening to the point where research meteorologist Martin Hoerling compares it to "the blob in the old Steve McQueen movie." Sixty-one percent of the country is experiencing drought, and that number climbs to 79 percent when including areas that are seen as being "abnormally dry." Although recent storms have brought a measure of relief, experts say that the "blob" will expand deeper into northern and eastern states through the end of October.

What's the Big Idea?

The continent has experienced drought conditions before, so this particular drought can't entirely be blamed on human-created climate change. However, across the planet, subtropical areas are drying out, and the drying is slowly spreading north and south, which is consistent with existing climate change models. A drought that affected the western US earlier this century fit the pattern, and was the worst seen in that region in 800 years. However, given current projections, researcher Christopher Williams says that what's coming "could make that drought look positively moist."

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

Read it at The Christian Science Monitor

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Sponsored
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

Dead – yes, dead – tardigrade found beneath Antarctica

A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.

(Goldstein Lab/Wkikpedia/Tigerspaws/Big Think)
Surprising Science
  • Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
  • The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
  • Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
Keep reading Show less

This 1997 Jeff Bezos interview proves he saw the future coming

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, explains his plan for success.

Technology & Innovation
  • Jeff Bezos had a clear vision for Amazon.com from the start.
  • He was inspired by a statistic he learned while working at a hedge fund: In the '90s, web usage was growing at 2,300% a year.
  • Bezos explains why books, in particular, make for a perfect item to sell on the internet.
Keep reading Show less

Why are women more religious than men? Because men are more willing to take risks.

It's one factor that can help explain the religiosity gap.

Photo credit: Alina Strong on Unsplash
Culture & Religion
  • Sociologists have long observed a gap between the religiosity of men and women.
  • A recent study used data from several national surveys to compare religiosity, risk-taking preferences and demographic information among more than 20,000 American adolescents.
  • The results suggest that risk-taking preferences might partly explain the gender differences in religiosity.
Keep reading Show less