November 27, 2020

Drought’s Impact on United States

The hope for rain continues across much of the US as the significant drought of 2012 affects key crops like corn, soybeans and wheat. To date, more than 1,000 counties in 26 states qualify as natural disaster areas – the largest ever.

The extent of the damage to crops is depicted in this vegetation anomaly map based on data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite. The map contrasts plant health in the central United States between June 25 and July 10, 2012, against the average conditions between 2002 and 2012.

Brown areas show where plant growth was less vigorous than normal; cream colors depict normal levels of growth; and green indicates abnormally lush vegetation.

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