Droughts and Heat Waves
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM), as of November 1, 2016, Moderate to Exceptional drought is impacting about 27 percent of the area of the United States. Parts of the Southeast are experiencing drought that is reaching exceptional levels. In California, historically long drought conditions began in 2012. On May 5, 2015, for the first time in the state’s history, mandatory water restrictions were ordered by California’s governor Jerry Brown.
According to the National Weather Service heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses. June 2016 was the warmest June on record for the U.S. according to the National Center for Environmental Information.
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