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June 10, 2008

A PiRate Extra–Two Weeks Of Freaky Weather In The Midwest

Filed under: News & Views — Tags: , , , , , , — piratings @ 2:24 pm

From May 22 until yesterday, my wife and I were in Wisconsin.  We experienced over a half dozen tornado warnings and witnessed my deceased father-in-law’s homestead suffer a direct hit.  The dairy barn in the tiny town of Ridgeland, Wisconsin, suffered a direct hit from a tornado.  It is a total loss.  Luckily, this farm no longer raises cattle for dairy purposes, and none of them were in the barn.  Unbelievably, a heifer from a neighboring farm was blown through the air and deposited unharmed on their farm. 

The day after the tornado, this area of NW Wisconsin suffered a late May freeze with temperatures dropping below 32 degrees and daytime highs failing to reach 50 degrees. 

Following the winter-like weather, another warm front met up with the cold front, and the area endured more tornado warnings, with hail, high wind, and several inches of rain.

From June 3rd to June 8th, we were in Milwaukee for the Bead and Button Show, and in four days, the area received more than 11 inches of rain.  Added to this was dense fog on two of those days, and on three successive days, the city was under tornado warnings.  More tornadoes touched down near us, and suburbs on both sides began to flood.  Upon our drive to Tennessee Monday, June 9th, we passed through Indiana on I-65 and witnessed mile after mile of flooded fields.  This area has been enduring economic hard times more than the average area in the country, and now many of these people will be struggling to survive finacially.

Many of these fields under water are corn fields.  The crop is ruined, and there will be far less corn available this summer.  Much of this corn is livestock feed, so the problem will spread throughout the beef industry.  Expect beef prices to reflect the added cost of finding suitable feed. 

A less, but significant amount of this corn is grown for bio-fuel.  This loss will obviously mean there will be less available bio-fuel this season.

The insurance companies are going to be doling out several claims from yet another weather catastrophe.  Unlike Hurricane Katrina, the flood covers several thousand square miles.  While only some properties flooded and many others were okay, the logistics of inspecting and submitting reports for the claims filed will cause these insurance companies a lot of money.

This flood may not have affected you directly, but you will be affected indirectly. 

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