The drought that ravaged parts of the nation in the summer of 2012 is among the worst dry spells in U.S. history.
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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