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 - 1999 Northeast
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1999 Northeast Drought -- The Northeast -- including Kentucky, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland -- were pummeled by extensive heat waves which killed almost 700 people and caused billions of dollars in destruction.

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