The United States isn't the only part of the world having drought and heat destroy crops this year.
The late and weak start to the Indian Monsoon may spell disaster for parts of southern India, where rainfall totals are running well below average this monsoon season.
It was obvious early on during the monsoon season that this years event would be delayed, and possibly weak as a large mass of dry air held tight over the western Bay of Bengal.
Rainfall totals so far this month tell the story. Much of Indian Agriculture is located across the Deccan Plateau, northern through the western Central Highlands and into the semi-arid region in the northwest. So far for July, Bangalore has only had 8 percent of their normal precipitation. Hyderabad, farther north has only had 21 percent of theirs.
Among the crops that are grown in the region, corn, cotton, sugarcane and peanuts are among the most significant to the regional and national economies.
If the monsoon doesn't show a major improvement over the coming weeks, the result will be food shortages and a major economic toll. And given the developing crisis across the Corn Belt of the United States, food prices worldwide may be impacted.
Some relief may be on the way however. Current modeling shows that areas in the northern part of the potential drought area will be having some monsoonal moisture over the coming week, mainly over the Central Highlands towards the semi-arid regions.
Southern India however looks to continue to remain drier than normal, and they may have missed their chance for significant rainfall this half of the monsoon.
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3-4" rains common across the state.