Suffering from a record-shattering drought, European nations started preparing emergency plans this week to conserve water and provide millions of euros in aid to farmers, including the deployment of soldiers to deliver hay for cattle grazing on sun-baked soil.
On Thursday, President Nicolas Sarkozy toured a cattle farm in western France to announce an aid package and the service of soldiers and national trains to deliver fodder for livestock farmers. They are comparing the warm temperatures to the heat wave in the summer of 2003, when more than 10,000 people died in Europe.
Friday, June 10, 2011
PBP 2011: Weather More Like Heat Wave of 2003?
Sure, it's a little early to start speculating about what kind of weather we'll see at PBP this year. However, it appears Europe is experiencing a weather pattern this summer that is more akin to the record heat wave of 2003 than the rainy days of 2007. From today's NYT: