The drought that ravaged parts of the nation in the summer of 2012 is among the worst dry spells in U.S. history.
2008-11 California Drought -- Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's official drought declaration in 2008 was the state's first since 1991. Extreme water restrictions resulted, and billions of agricultural losses were reported, particularly in the San Joachin Valley.
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