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'08 crops due for drought, expert predicts

Iowa, USA
A prominent Iowa climatologist is predicting a drought during the 2008 crop-growing season if current weather patterns and trends continue. La Nina weather patterns and a roughly 19-year period since the last major drought, as well as the current drought in the southeastern United States, all point to a coming dry spell. History shows that the average time span between major droughts is 19 years, and the last one was in 1988. Also of note is that of the 17 major droughts in the Midwest in the past 100 years, 16 were preceded by a major drought in the Southeast.
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