Baking the Breadbasket: Persistent Drought in the Heartland

In this video, NOAA's Deke Arndt, Chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch at the National Climatic Data Center, recaps the temperature and precipitation data for the continental US in summer 2012. It describes how these conditions have led to drought and reduced crop yields.

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

This short video provides great support for discussion of extreme weather events in the US Plains states.

It could be used by teachers in the Midwest to explain how drought and excessive rainfall relate to global temperature increases.

Suggest watching the video twice, perhaps pausing at each of the indicator maps - drought monitor, air, temperature, precipitation, so students can read and apply the key provided with each.