“Worst Drought Since 1956” – A look at what comes next…

This week it’s hard to miss the hundreds of articles and thoughts on the severity of the current drought, and how it is the worst drought in aerial coverage since 1956″

Huffington Post – “The percentage of affected land is the largest since December 1956, when 58 percent of the country was covered by drought, and it rivals even some years in the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s”

LA Times – “The drought gripping the Midwest and about 80% of the country is the most widespread since 1956, stoking massive wildfires and decimating the nation’s breadbasket crops”

UK Telegraph – “The United States is experiencing its widest-spread drought in 56 years, according to a release by the nation’s meteorological agency.”

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Operational Context – Drought

Day 1 of this series on Operational Context covered earthquakes.  The response to the first of this multi-part series was incredible – over 2,000 views of the post from yesterday on earthquakes.  I have only been blogging for a few months, so not used to this level of traffic yet, and was completely amazed at the incredible response you’ve given to this series.  I’m used to many fewer visitors each day, but then all of a sudden this “extreme event” occurred.  Time will tell whether this is a pattern, but it is my hope that you have connected and will continue to connect with the topics that are discussed.  Regardless, thank you for taking the time out of your day to learn and share your feedback on my posts.

I share these thoughts on yesterday’s blog activity because it really mirrors the point of this series as well as today’s topic.  There are times where we go for a long period of time without major disasters, and other times where we experience event after event one after another.  In my home state, we had a record setting earthquake and a major hurricane within a few days of one another.  Several years ago, we had back to back major snow storms dumping feet of snow on the many parts of the state.  And there are other periods where you may go several years without a major event.

History doesn’t always teaching us lessons in “neat packages” with back to back events to let us lean and immediately apply for the next disaster.  This is especially true when it comes to hazards that we face which may rear their ugly head only a few times each generation.  Continue reading