Ill. climatologist expects US drought through 2013
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Illinois' state climatologist says he believes the worst U.S.
drought in decades likely will continue through next year.
Jim Angel of the Illinois State Water
Survey says "it's going to be a long, slow recovery from this particular
drought." Angel spoke Thursday during a conference in St.
Louis about the Mississippi River's
More than 60 percent of the continental U.S. has been gripped by some form
of drought since last summer. More than 90 percent of Nebraska
were hit by extreme or exceptional drought. Those are the two worst
The drought has withered crops and lowered the Mississippi River's
levels to a point that could force slowdowns, if not shutdowns, of barge
traffic between St. Louis and Cairo (KEHR'-oh).