The National Weather Service has created a video that shows how the drought has spread across the country including parts of Maryland.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
So far it's been a long, hot summer. But it's not just us that the heat is beating up. A drought is killing crops across the country drying up ponds and other waterways leaving costly damage in its wake. The National Weather Service (NWS) has been tracking the drought across the country for several months. More than 60 percent of the mainland U.S. is experiencing drought conditions as of this month, according to NWS. The above animation shows how the drought has spread across the country since January 2012.
As the drought continues, park and city officials urge caution with grills and campfires.
In the face of the spring drought and a Maryland state warning, Greenbelt Park has issued a red flag fire alert and is urging visitors to exercise caution. A city official is also calling for safe practices. "We're a pretty large forest here, so we'll err on the side of caution for our visitors as well as our community around us," Ranger Kevin Barry said. "When you have dry conditions and the wind picks up, you don't need much of a spark to start a fire." On Saturday night when the wind did just that, Barry said the park called in staff to go around with campground hosts and ask people to watch their fires. Safety measures should be taken in other parts of the city as well, according to Lesley Riddle, assistant director of Greenbelt Public…