The Northeastern United States were hit with devastating drought which lasted almost four or five years in the 1960s. The drought affected multiple regional cities from Virginia into Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. And some Midwest States became victims of this notorious drought during the same time as the Northeast United States.
Parallel or matching spells hit the Northeast United States during 1999-the Northeast, including Kentucky, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland were pummeled by extensive heat waves which killed almost 700 people across the Northeastern US and unusually dry conditions caused billions of dollars in destruction during 1999. This unusually damaging drought was reminiscent of the Northeast United States Drought of the 1960s considering it affected similar or matching states within the Northeast United States and New England.
But wildfires and brush fires were not only in the area of Yellowstone-the same wildfires and brush fires were affecting other states and regional areas all over the United States. The 1988 Drought caused water restrictions in many areas of the country. Residents with brown grass rather than green were common during 1988 and 1989 in widespread areas across the United States. Substandard rainfall was a major contributor and instigator of the Drought of 1988 affecting the United States, along with scorching heat and temperatures which went 90 degrees or better-hundred degree plus temperatures were all too common and frequent during 1988, which exacerbated the weather patterns causing the devastating drought in the first place. Mississippi River levels were lower than normal during 1988 because of the conditions affecting the Upper Midwest.
The Droughts of 1988 caused exceptional damages totaling $60 billion in 1988 United States Dollars and became the costliest weather disaster in recorded weather histories to affect the United States. This drought was very catastrophic for multiple reasons. The drought continued across the Upper Midwest States and North Plains States during 1989, not officially ending until 1990. The Drought of 1988 had an economic force of impact that still lives on in people's minds.
The conditions continued into 1989 and 1990, although the drought had ended in some states thanks to normal rainfalls returning to some portions of the United States. The drought also affected Canada in certain divisions.
The Drought of 1988 became the worst since the famous droughts from 50 years before in the United States; 2008 estimates put damages from the drought somewhere between $80 billion and almost $120 billion in damage (2008 USD).
The Drought of 1988 was so devastating that in the later years weather officials compared the drought against Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and against Hurricane Katrina. The US Drought of 1988 would be the costliest of the three events, Hurricane Katrina comes second with $81 billion (2005 United States Dollars), Hurricane Andrew coming in third. The Drought of 1988 qualifies being the most expensive weather disaster in the history of the United States.
The Midwest and Rockies became victims during 2002; the regions fell victim under exceptional drought which was accompanied by dry conditions, wildfires and hot temperatures over the Western US and Midwestern State areas. The US Drought of 2002 turned a "normal" fire season to very dangerous, treacherous and violent. Denver was forced to impose mandatory limits regarding water for the first time in twenty one years. Also, the Quad Cities had around eight inches below average during 2002 (normal precipitation is 38.06 inches every year); during 2002, 30.00 inches were recorded.
Although the Western United States and Southwestern US are likeliest, droughts can also happen over Upper Midwestern States, the Central Great Plains, Southeast United States, the Middle Atlantic, the Great Lakes Region, the Ohio River Valley, Northeastern United States and even New England. Droughts vary in severity and have potential for causing elevated to exceptional damage wherever they focus their area toward.
The 2000s were notorious for extensive droughts all over the Southeastern United States, continuing as westward as Texas. The Southeastern United States were affected by heavy droughts extending from the Carolinas toward Mississippi and even into Tennessee. Droughts affecting Florida were so severe lakes were actually drying out. Wildfires, forest fires and brush fires were very prevalent in association with the 2000s Drought in the Southeastern United States.
There is a drought currently in Georgia.
During 1993 the Southeastern United States were seared with intense temperatures and conditions of drought for extended periods. The heatwaves associated caused the deaths of seventeen people and overall damage from the Southeastern State Drought of 1993 was somewhere between $1 billion and $3 billion in damage (1993 United States Dollars).
Missouri, Arkansas, (portions of) Louisiana, Tennessee, southeast Iowa and northern Illinois were hit with severe droughts and heat during 2005. The conditions caused $1 billion in overall damage, but amazingly, nobody died during the drought and associated heat spells. The Quad Cities themselves received only 17.88 inches of average precip during 2005.
Short term droughts hit particular spots of the United States during 1976 and 1977, which foretold the drought events that would affect many portions of the USA during the 1980s.
And Texas has notorious histories of drought.
Studies are indicating the United States had other droughts between the 1700s-1910s. Historic drought citation is needed, though, by reasons of verification on this important subject.
Weather officials monitor the rainfall patterns, ground/soil moisture and precipitation. If and when precipitation levels are below average there are weather officials that monitor and document any such situations for possible drought and probability of the developing of droughts.
Dust storms are unusually prevalent during dry spells in the United States. If you are out when the dust blows across the air, please be careful because incidents of dust stinging the human eye is not really unusual at all. Dust storms spread sand and dirt across multiple regions of any city or town close to which the dust storms may take place or are under way.
The other factor to consider-water restrictions. If drought conditions affect where you live, please pay attention to water restrictions when they're effective because droughts affect water, not just actual land.
And droughts also affect you regarding health. If drought situations happen where you live, please be aware that unusual incidents related to health will happen. Dry skin, air stagnation and substandard health are the factors to consider regarding drought impacts on health.
Substandard air levels and air stagnation are another important problem connected to United States Droughts. Still standing air becomes poisoned by putridness, strong smoke and pollutions. It's extremely common in drought years.
You should not perform fireworks during droughts-they often contribute to extremely damaging fires if you are not careful. Buildings in the area are not really good places to perform fireworks. Fireworks will not only ignite anything dry but contribute to really destructive fires which burn buildings or houses, destroying them sometimes.
Please pay attention regarding burning bans. The bans are effective, meaning you should not burn leaves, branches, papers, yard waste or logs around your actual property or open fields during drought because of extensive risks for intense wildfires and for property-damaging fires.
Be vigilant about dry thunderstorms. These are notorious for starting wildfires, brush fire activity and making wildfires worse. And it's especially important in droughts, because dry timbers and dry grasses are notorious for becoming ignited by lightning.
Some places handle droughts very badly. Droughts are very destructive around some areas. If these regions are not equipped to deal or handle a drought, the ramifications can be rather staggering.