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5 interesting facts about droughts

August 19, 2018

Definition

A “drought” is an extended period of deficient rainfall relative to the statistical multi-year average for a region.

4 types

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).

Predicting

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.

More expected

As the climate heats up, droughts are expected to become more frequent and severe in some locations.

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