5 interesting facts about droughts
A “drought” is an extended period of deficient rainfall relative to the statistical multi-year average for a region.
The four types are: meteorological (lack of precipitation), agricultural, (lack of moisture in the soil where crops grow), hydrological (low levels of water in lakes and reservoirs), and socioeconomic (water shortages in drinking and running water).
Meteorologists predict drought based on precipitation patterns, stream flow, and moisture of soil over long periods of time.
Midwest a target
In the United States, droughts are most likely to occur in the Midwest and the South.
As the climate heats up, droughts are expected to become more frequent and severe in some locations.