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Thanks to Paul Brooks for this picture out of Muscatine, IA. Thunderstorms rumbling through the Upper Mississippi Valley created vivid lightning and several wind damage reports.
"We all remember the heat from the summer of 2011. We focused a lot on the number of 100 degree days when recounting just how hot it was. While there is little difference in 99 degrees versus 100 degrees, I decided to use the arbitrarily HOT number of 100 degrees for comparison. Temperatures in 2012 have fared much better than last year's. Take a look at the graphic below..."
More than 70 percent of the nine-state Midwest was in some stage of drought in the week ended July 17, up from 63 percent the prior week, according to the Drought Monitor, a weekly report on drought throughout the country compiled by climate experts."