Worst droughts in U.S. history

Published On: Jul 16 2012 08:23:12 AM PDT   Updated On: Feb 27 2014 01:20:46 PM PST

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 - 2012 Drought
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2012 Drought -- The lower Midwest and southern Rockies experienced drought conditions not seen since 1956, sparking record wildfires in Colorado and voluntary water restrictions. An ongoing heat wave baked much of the nation that summer.

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