The drought that ravaged parts of the nation in the summer of 2012 is among the worst dry spells in U.S. history.
1930s Dust Bowl -- Perhaps the most infamous drought in U.S. history, the "Dirty Thirties" dried up millions of acres of farmland, spawned huge dust storms and forced families from their homes across the country for nearly six years.
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