Climate Impact Report – 5/5
On Thursday, two brief tornadoes, with wind speeds around 75 MPH, damaged the roofs of at least two buildings just miles apart in Carson and Compton, California.
About half of winter wheat, nationally, is in a drought condition.
Four out of every 10 beef cows in the nation is affected by drought.
Key Facts Of The Day 5/5
Storms and Flooding
- On Thursday, two brief tornadoes, with wind speeds around 75 MPH, damaged the roofs of at least two buildings just miles apart in Carson and Compton, California.
- Snow-laden California received more snow halfway through spring after an unseasonably cold system spun off the San Francisco Bay.
- As of April 28, 13 large active wildfires have burned 45,376 acres across CO, FL, KS, NJ, NM, NC, OK, and WV.
- As of April 28, 12,972 wildfires have burned 392,287 acres across the country.
- In Colorado, 1 fire has burned 4,618 acres as of April 28.
- In Florida, 2 fires have burned 1,353 acres as of April 28.
- In New Mexico, 1 fire has burned 989 acres as of April 28.
- In North Carolina, 1 fire has burned 32,400 acres as of April 28.
- In Oklahoma, 5 fires have burned 2,384 acres as of April 28.
- Farmers in northern Oklahoma and western Kansas struggle in a long-lasting dry spell.
- 60% of Kansas is in either exceptional or “extreme” drought.
- 20% of Oklahoma is in “exceptional” drought, and more than a third of the state is in extreme or exceptional drought.
- Parts of southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma saw their driest March on record.
- About half of winter wheat, nationally, is in a drought condition.
- Sorghum — grown largely in Kansas as a livestock feed and source of biofuel — is 80% affected by drought.
- Four out of every 10 beef cows in the nation is affected by drought.
- Short on pasture and feed, some farmers have sent a quarter or even a third of their cattle to slaughter, and thousands of acres may not produce a meaningful wheat crop if the region doesn’t receive significant and repeated rainfall.
- Meat prices are on the climb and will keep rising all around the country for a few years due to the ongoing drought.
- Due to the ongoing drought, flour, bread, and other baked goods that rely on the region’s grain crop could become more expensive.
- A new program looks to replant warm weather trees in the Superior National Forest of northern Minnesota to help them adjust to a rapidly warming world.
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