We are now seeing new but unsurprising consequences of the ongoing drought conditions in the United States and elsewhere.  Drought concerns have driven up wheat prices in the US and Russia.  There are now several out of control fires burning across the American West.  While firefighters are making gains in some places, a fire near Arizona has tripled in size.  While we have not seen reports of fires in the British Isles yet, we expect they may be on the way due to hot temperatures and drought conditions there.  High temperatures and drought make such fires more likely. In other news, a dry thunderstorm caused a damaging lightning strike to a federal building in Brunswick, Florida.

Rain has deluged northwest China this week, killing one person and leaving two missing.   Furthermore, at least 200 homes were levelled.  An additional 19 people at minimum have died in a flash flood in Afghanistan.

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