Interesting Facts About
of the most famous droughts occurred during the 1930s and
lasted nearly a decade. It is referred to as the "dust
bowl" (image at right). It was caused by a combination
of drought and poor farming practices. Large areas of land
without groundcover allowed winds to blow dust everywhere.
Between Spring and early
Fall 2002, moderate to extreme drought conditions over large
portions of 30 states resulted in an estimate of more than
$ 10.0 billion in damages and costs.
In 1980 a combined Drought
and Heat Wave between June and September through much of Central
and eastern U.S. resulted in an estimated $20.0 billion damage
and costs to agriculture and other related industries and
an estimated 10,000 deaths including those related to heat.