#3 reader story of 2012: Drought and other weather

Crops shrivel, river levels fall below historic lows

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Drought-stricken corn stalks have bent over in a field near Swisher in August. Iowa remains in a severe to extreme drought. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

The worst drought since 1988 hits Iowa, causing crops to shrivel and rivers to fall to historic low levels. Winter months’ temperatures are mild, as consecutive days without measurable snow in Cedar Rapids neared an all-time record by mid-December.


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