It has been more than a half-century since a drought this extensive hit the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported July 16. The effects are growing and may cost the U.S. economy $50 billion.
Aug. 20, 2012 A dead fish lays several feet from the water in Lake Corpus Christi near Mathis, Tex., as the lake continues to shrink due to this year's drought. The city of Corpus Christi is thinking of mandatory water conservation restrictions, which could be in place by mid-September unless Corpus Christi's lakes receive rain. Todd Yates/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP Buy Photo