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Sandy’s fallout skips dry Midwest - Capital Journal: News

Sandy’s fallout skips dry Midwest

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Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012 12:06 am | Updated: 12:08 am, Fri Nov 2, 2012.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Superstorm Sandy provided little relief to key Midwest farming states vexed by the stubborn drought that climate experts suggested Thursday could press on for months, complicating winter wheat crops and next spring’s corn and soybean plantings in the moisture-starved soil.

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor update released Thursday showed that 60 percent of the land in the lower 48 states still was experiencing some degree of drought as of Tuesday. That’s down nearly 2 percentage points from a week earlier, taking into account much of the fallout from the massive storm Sandy, which dumped more than eight inches of rain on parts of the Eastern seaboard.

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