The worst drought ever?

Posted on July 12, 2011 by

From the New York Times comes a report on what is shaping up to be the most devastating drought the USA has ever seen:

Farmers with the money and equipment to irrigate are running wells dry in the unseasonably early and particularly brutal national drought that some say could rival the Dust Bowl days…

The pain has spread across 14 states, from Florida, where severe water restrictions are in place, to Arizona, where ranchers could be forced to sell off entire herds of cattle because they simply cannot feed them.

In Texas, where the drought is the worst, virtually no part of the state has been untouched. City dwellers and ranchers have been tormented by excessive heat and high winds. In the Southwest, wildfires are chewing through millions of acres.

The Great Depression 2.0, the Dustbowl 2.0… what came after that?