While it has rained a bit and even cooled off some in the last couple of weeks, much of Texas and the country still suffer severe drought conditions that have impacted agriculture. According to experts at Texas Tech University, the High Plains area around Lubbock and Amarillo, the most productive of the state’s nine cotton-growing regions, will lose $2.1 billion of this year’s cotton harvest. Farmers in the Rio Grande valley will also have a much less profitable crop of vegetables as they’ve been unable to plant this year due to the drought.
You’ve probably seen news reports of various surprises found in rivers and lakes where water levels are low. Five bodies have been found in Lake Mead, including one in a barrel that appears to be a mob-related murder victim. In Europe, the Danube River has fallen to one of its lowest levels in almost a century as a result of the drought, exposing the remains of more than 20 German warships sunk during World War II near Serbia’s river port town of Prahovo. The sunken ships are now causing problems for ships navigating the river. In Spain, a prehistoric stone circle dubbed the “Spanish Stonehenge” has re-emerged; it is usually covered by waters in a man-made reservoir created in the 1960s, which have fallen due to the worst drought in decades.