NASA: 1934 Boasts Worst Drought in 1000 Years

October 16, 2014 2:42 PM

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The year of 1934 was a dry one, as it boasted the worst drought in North America in the last 1,000 years, a NASA study has found.

During the Dust Bowl days - also known as the Dirty Thirties - the 1934 drought was 30 percent more severe than its runner-up in 1580, and covered 71.6 percent of western North America. The average extent of the 2012 drought, for comparison, was 59.7 percent.

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