Worst droughts in U.S. history

POSTED: 08:23 AM PDT Jul 16, 2012    UPDATED: 01:20 PM PST Feb 27, 2014 

Driven by another year of below-average rainfall, national weather experts predict a drought on the East Coast will persist for months. Take a look back at the worst droughts in U.S. history.

Worst Droughts - 1988
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1988 Drought -- The three-year drought of the late 1980s covered 36 percent of the United States at its peak, according to the NOAA, and remains the costliest drought in U.S. history.

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