Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Baking South

If you have a pulse and live in the South, this isn't news. But the weather is definitely making headlines and leaving many dead. A current round-up of the truly dire conditions in the Southeast was made by R. Neal at Facing South:

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Ninety-one percent of Tennessee has been parched by extreme drought, suffering major crop and pasture losses and widespread water shortages or restrictions. A growing area of the state, particularly the southern agricultural counties, is now in an exceptional drought emergency, facing devastating crop losses and widespread water emergencies as reservoirs, streams and wells dry up.

"It's so hot, TVA had to shut down a nuclear power reactor at Browns Ferry due to unacceptably high water temperatures in the Tennessee River caused by intake water used to cool the reactor core being discharged back into the river."

3 comments:

Ivy said...

Yeah, I've been writing about this at my gardening blog. I spoke with a UT county extension agent yesterday and the effects on farmers is horrifying.

The Editor said...

I won't even take Sophie out for another hour. It's currently 97 degrees. Ugh. I hate the heat.

Kelvis said...

Hello - global warming. You guys need to change all the light bulbs in Fleaflicker to CFL's and offset your carbon footprint.