Only Dust Bowl and 1950s saw worse conditions
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —With more than a third of the U.S. experiencing historically dry conditions during June, severe to extreme drought spread across a huge slice of the country, from Nevada through Utah and Colorado eastward all the way to Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Across the country, June was the third-driest in the 118-year record, and the month ranked among the top-10 driest for 11 states, including Wyoming, which reported its driest June ever.
Nationally, more of the U.S. is experiencing drought conditions than at any time in the last half century, and by some measures, the drought is approaching Dust Bowl proportions.
According to the National Climatic Data Center, 55 percent of the U.S. is in some stage of drought, “the largest percentage since December 1956, when 58 percent … was in moderate to extreme drought,” according to the NCDC’s monthly drought update. (more…)