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    2012 Drought Rivals Dust Bowl

    Cracked, dry ground is seen where a pond normally stands on the property of Ray Mercer in Crossville, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Mercer said he had lived on the property over 50 years and this was the second time the pond had dried up. More than 1,000 counties in 26 states are being named natural-disaster areas, the biggest such declaration ever by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as drought grips the Midwest. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    Daniel Acker / Bloomberg via Getty Images

    The National Climatic Data Center announced today that 2012’s drought is one of the 10 worst in U.S. history—and ranks up there with some years of the infamous Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. In June, about 55 percent of the country experienced at least short-term drought—the highest percentage since 1956. Also, the current drought covers more area by a slim margin than the 1936 drought—although the current dry spell is still not as severe as other years in the Dust Bowl era. What’s more, 2012 is not over yet, and July is usually one of the driest months of the year.

    Read it at The Weather Channel