"It’s been more than 50 years since a drought this extensive has afflicted the Lower 48 states. That’s the conclusion of NOAA’s latest report on drought, released today.
Through the end of June, some 56 percent of the continental U.S. was designated in some form of drought, the largest percentage since December, 1956.
“... indicators suggest that the 2012 drought is similar to the 1950s drought in extent, pattern, and intensity, although not in duration,” the report said." (More)