July 16, 2012 / 11:14 PM / in 5 years

U.S. drought worst since 1956 - NOAA

July 16 (Reuters) - The drought scorching the U.S. Midwest is spanning 55 percent of the contiguous United States and is the worst since 1956, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a report posted on its website on Monday.

The agency said based on the Palmer Drought Index, the 55 percent coverage was the largest since December 1956 when 58 percent of the contiguous United States was in moderate to extreme drought. (Reporting by K.T. Arasu; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

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