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Mother Nature is dealing climate forecasters a wild card: dust. Tons and tons of it. The amount of dust in the atmosphere doubled worldwide during the 20th Century, with one notable exception.
Farmers will get federal disaster aid as a result of the extreme dry weather last summer that devastated some corn and soybean crops.
The Weather Channel says the Washington D.C. area experienced the worst summer weather in the United States in 2010.
WTOP gets the answer from a regional forester with the Virginia Department of Forestry.
Parts of Western Maryland are in an extreme drought for the first time this year, while a portion of Frederick County is in a severe drought.
No amount of rainfall at this point in the year will help salvage corn.
The record high temperatures along with the absence of rain in the area has affected streamflow and groundwater levels throughout the Potomac River Basin. In the last month, precipitation levels are 50 percent below normal.
Water is becoming a topic of discussion for towns in Frederick County as the heat continues to hammer the area.