Science: Dust Bowl, 1988 both eclipse 2012 drought, scientists say -- 07/30/2012 -- www.eenews.net
For Midwest farmers and ranchers whose parched lands are gasping for rain, the 2012 drought is utterly devastating. For the scientists who take the long view of history, it's merely a climatological blip.
...The current drought, in contrast, is just about 2 months old...
"That's very different than the droughts of the '30s and '50s," Brewer said. "The drought in the '30s was almost 10 years long. In the '50s, depending on where you were, it was anywhere from a few years to six to eight.