The US drought is causing much concern for farmers and the impending impact on food prices in the next 12 months. It can be difficult to sometimes get a handle on how bad this year is in comparison. Its always easy to say, “this is bad but nothing like 88 or 34.” Sometimes a graphic is the best way to communicate the message.
The NY Times has provided a great graphical representation of the droughts footprint going to 1896.
Amazingly, the US drought of 2012 is one of the worst according to the amount of orange on the chart.