The worst agricultural disaster in modern American history with catastrophic flooding is torturing the USA, as the NOAA warns that this will continue through to the end of May.
With more than 90% of the upper Mid-West and great planes still covered by nearly 11 inches of snow this is a very alarming issue, especially because that this snow still has to melt and find its way through the river systems in order to flow into the sea.
Millions of acres of farmland are already under water.
That means the USA will transform from one of the worst winters in modern history into a flood season that has already taken an apocalyptic turn for farmers across the USA.
Millions of acres of farmland are already under water meaning thousands of farmers will not be able to plant crops this summer, with thousands of more farmers who have been financially ruined by the floods and will never return to farming again.
So far, 2019 is already the worst agricultural disaster in modern American history and it is going to get a whole lot worse.
Nearly two-thirds of the Lower 48 states face an elevated risk for flooding through May, with the potential for major or moderate flooding in 25 states, according to NOAA’s U.S. Spring Outlook issued today.
The majority of the country is favored to experience above-average precipitation this spring, increasing the flood risk.
Portions of the USA, especially in the upper Mississippi and Missouri River basins including Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa – have already experienced record flooding this year.
This early flooding was caused by rapid snow melt combined with heavy spring rain and late season snowfall in areas where soil moisture is high. In some areas, ice jams are exacerbating the flooding.
Additional spring rain and melting snow will prolong and expand flooding, especially in the central and southern USA. As this excess water flows downstream through the river basins, the flood threat will become worse and geographically more widespread.
Record winter precipitation across a large swath of the USA has set the stage for the elevated flood risk. The upper Mississippi and Red River of the North basins have received rain and snow this spring up to 200% above normal.
The areas of greatest risk for moderate to major flooding include the upper, middle, and lower Mississippi River basins including the mainstream Mississippi River, Red River of the North, the Great Lakes, eastern Missouri River, lower Ohio, lower Cumberland, and Tennessee River basins.
The flood risk outlook is based on a number of factors, including current conditions of snow pack, drought, soil moisture, frost depth, stream flow and precipitation.
Local heavy rainfall, especially associated with thunderstorms, can occur throughout the spring and lead to flooding even in areas where overall risk is considered low.
In the western U.S., snow packs at higher elevations may continue to build over the next month, and the flood risk will depend on future precipitation and temperatures.
That’s a huge area. A big food bowl & on some farms oil wells pumping as well. It is so sad to think of the farms destroyed & farming & country town families walking away with very little.
Has the Federal Government declared it a disaster yet, or is it just some part of weather engineering to separate some kind of export farmers from others?
With groundwater poisoned by pesticides, drowned oil wells polluting the entire river system, the USA is in for a real life changing roller coaster experience?
In reality this catastrophe is only just beginning to show it’s ferocity. Let’s not forget the long term effects of the chemical cocktail the already depleted top soil has just been dosed in.
The situation is extremely dire. It must be much worse than we know, perhaps by an order of magnitude? This areas has been not our bread basket but they export wheat, soy beans and corn all over the world.
This may be a good time to let the land lay fallow and have a subsidy available for those
farms that do. A good time to consider the damages to the soil caused by the pesticides
and herbicides and the Monsanto Frankenseeds that harm us and livestock.
Big Wobble / Crickey Conservation Society 2019.