December 15 2012
by: Andrea Germanos
Continuing drought forecast
A WWII vessel, normally covered by water in the Mississippi River, is seen in this photo taken Dec. 14.
"All the ingredients for us getting to an all-time record low are certainly in place," Mark Fuchs, a hydrologist at the NOAA in St Louis, told the Guardian. "I would be very surprised if we didn't set a record this winter."
“I’ve been out here 46 years and I’ve never seen it this bad,” Darrell Alford, a 66-year-old captain of a tow boat, told Bloomberg while navigating the Mississippi. “You’re on edge all the time.”
Bob Anderson, spokesperson for the Mississippi Valley division of the Army Corps of Engineers, adds: “We’ve never really had a drought quite so severe as this year.”