News•July 17, 2012
Heidi Cullen Discusses Drought and Extremes on MSNBC
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Heidi Cullen, Climate Central's chief climatologist, appeared on MSNBC on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing drought and heat waves currently affecting the U.S. She put these events into a climate context, noting that these events offer a preview of what's to come as the climate continues to warm.
The drought footprint in the U.S. is currently the largest in the 21st century, and is comparable to some of the worst droughts on record from the 1950s and 1930s, scientists reported on Monday. The drought is likely to persist — if not further intensify — during the next few months, with ripple effects radiating out throughout the economy, including in the form of rising food prices.