The United States is experiencing the worst drought since 1956 according to the National Climatic Data Center's monthly report released on Monday.
Conditions of withered crops, cracked soil, and hungry livestock have extended through the West, the Great Plains and the Midwest leaving 55 percent of the U.S. in moderate to extreme drought conditions, and June's heat only worsened conditions, the Star Tribune said.
June was ranked as the third-driest month nationally in at least 118 years, the center said, and more areas became affected by severe to short-term drought because of the heat and lack of rain, CNN said.
Unlike the droughts of the 1930s and 1950s that were the result of seasons gradually warming and drying lands, climatologists are calling this years drought as a "flash drought," because it developed in a matter of months, the Star Tribune said.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture also reported that 38 percent of corn crops in the 18-corn producing states are in poor or very-poor conditions, CNN said.