Worst droughts in U.S. history

Published On: Jul 16 2012 10:23:12 AM CDT   Updated On: Feb 27 2014 03:20:46 PM CST

Driven by another year of below-average rainfall, national weather experts predict a drought on the East Coast will persist for months. Take a look back at the worst droughts in U.S. history.

Worst Droughts - 1988
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1988 Drought -- The three-year drought of the late 1980s covered 36 percent of the United States at its peak, according to the NOAA, and remains the costliest drought in U.S. history.


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