Current Drought Is the Most Severe on Record
Almost Half of the Nation’s Land Area Is In Various Stages of Drought
Analysis of the latest drought monitor data revealed that 46.84 percent of the nation’s land area is in various stages of drought.
The previous record was 45.87 percent in drought set Aug. 26, 2003.
The map below (from the National Drought Mitigation Center) shows the situation as of Independence Day, 2012.
A once-floating dock was left high and dry by drought conditions that lowered the level of Medina Lake some 52 feet (16 meters). The lake, which provides water to Texas farmers and the city of San Antonio, is shrunken thanks to an ongoing drought that includes the driest, hottest 12 months in Texas’ recorded history
See more striking drought pictures in National Geographic’s special drought feature.