POSTED: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 9:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — There's more evidence that the nation's drought is getting worse, and at a far faster rate.
Just over 60-percent of the Midwest was in some stage of drought last week.
This week it's 70-percent, and rain to stop the cycle is still nowhere in the forecast.
"It doesn't look very good at all," says University of Nebraska climatologist Mark Svoboda. "The next two to four weeks - that will take us into August - look very hot and very dry."
More than half of Iowa, the country's top corn and soybean-growing state, is in severe drought this week, three times as much territory as last week.
"33 years we've always had a crop but it's not looking good right now," says farmer Bob Kajewski.
It's dramatically different from last year's flood.
Water levels on the Mississippi are already down.
Barges are restricted on how much they can transport.
The news from federal forecasters isn't very promising either.
""Be aware that this could get worse if we don't see some of those cooler temperatures, and higher rain fall amounts in the fall and in the winter," warns NOAA's Chad McNutt.