From our correspondent in PA:
Demand rationing may have occurred in an unexpected manner (can you say black swan event?) here in Lancaster County. Friday's record heat of 103, not since 1966, was absolutely devastating to poultry and hog facilities. Friday evening saw dump trailers showing up at layer complexes to handle the mortality a tractor trailer load at a time. One of our son's works packing eggs, and hours needed to pack eggs are down 25%. If eggs are not there, the hens are not eating because they are not there. Fire companies were out Friday afternoon wetting down the roofs of livestock buildings to lower inside temps. I understand second handed that mortality was very high in sow units. If sows indeed are lost, again, not a mouth to feed, but also their offspring are not going to need that 10 bushels of corn each.Meanwhile, O'Hare set a rain record.
It’s officially the rainiest day on record in Chicago since 1871, according to the National Weather Service.Four years do not climate change prove, I freely admit. But how many years of below-trendline yields, deluges and droughts will make critics even pause to consider?
As of 10:30 a.m., 6.86 inches of rain had fallen since midnight, according to NWS Meteorologist Richard Castro.“This is the rainiest calendar day already,’’ Castro said. “It’s an incredible amount of rain.’’Nearly all of it pelted the area between the hours of 1 a.m. and 7 a.m., when 6.85 inches fell at O’Hare – the most since officials began keeping records in 1871.The prior record was the 6.64 inches that fell on Sept. 13, 2008, Castro said.In the 24-hour period that ended at 7 a.m. Saturday, 8.20 inches of rain had been recorded at O’Hare, according to the weather service. [More]
I'm guessing 7. (It's very biblical).