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How the Mighty (Mississippi) Has Fallen: Historic Drought Plagues US

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.”


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