Missing anything this summer? How about rain? At this point, I’ve given up on some of the plants in my yard — no amount of watering will make up for the lack of rainwater. Of course, I’m just one guy with a small yard. Across the river in southern Illinois, farmers are facing historic crop losses. According to the Associated Press, the Department of Agriculture had predicted a bumper crop of corn this year: 166 bushels per acre. But with more than half the country now facing drought conditions, the USDA has not only revised those numbers downward but also made its largest disaster declaration ever: 1,000 counties spread over 26 states are eligible for low-interest loans and reduced penalties for grazing on federal land (see the image below). Livestock farmers may well need the latter: Most feed corn to their cattle and other animals, and prices are sure to shoot upward.
And no, we’re not talking about sex on the beach. Call us square, but we fail to see how a sandy crotch improves anyone’s sex life. Not to mention a mouthful of seaweed. Here are ten much better reasons why the arrival of warm weather is good for your love life:
February 28: Local fog for bespectacled people entering warm room. Previously mentioned award-winning artist Christoph Niemann posted on his New York Times blog, Abstract City, an illustrated weather forecast for 2010. It’s quite amusing and oh-so-true, especially his prediction for “Spontaneous showers and umbrella purchases” on March 10, 2010. I think I went through over…
It’s raining in London when the Panty Raiders set up a voting booth in London’s Hoxton Square, but the Londoners brave the weather to cast their votes and share their views on American politics. Director: Leba Haber Rubinoff Producer: Megan Hill Editor: James Ellsworth Director of Photography: Vivian Wenli Lin