The Worst Droughts of the 20th Century
The worst drought of the 20th Century happened in
Africa. It lasted 12 years beginning in 1968-1980.
Every 22 years is when the average major drought
happens in the U.S. There was a drought in 1931-
1938 known as the Dust Bowl. The Dust Bowl took up
large areas of the Great Plains. Because of dust
storms, or black blizzards, farmers had to be
moved. Another dangerous drought occurred in
1975-1977. This drought happened because of lack
of snow during the winter. Argentina marks an area
of low rainfall, for a fact Brazil has a very dry
climate. There are two places just north and south
of the equator where there are permanent
droughts. Droughts often happen around West
Africa, South Africa, Brazil, Australia, and India.
These are located between 15 and 20 degrees north and south latitude.
Scientists have tried very hard but unsuccessfully to find a reason for why droughts
happen. There is no definite reason they have, but they have found
that droughts and
sunspots seem to occur every 20 to 22 year intervals in the Western United States.