Drought and heat-stricken corn is seen on an Illinois farm on Wednesday. (AP)
Scorching temperatures throughout the month of June and drier-than-average conditions have led to more than 1,000 U.S. counties being labeled natural-disaster areas, according to officials. A recent report from NOAA indicates that nearly 56 percent of the contiguous U.S. was experiencing a severe drought, particularly in the West, Central Plains and Ohio Valley.
The arid conditions wreaked havoc on farmers' crops as pasture conditions deteriorated, and many southern Midwest regions reported the poorest June crop conditions in nearly 25 years.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the nation is experiencing its most widespread drought in the agency's 12-year record.
Additionally, the second half of June saw more than 170 record-breaking high temperatures recorded across the United States, punctuating the warmest 12-month period the nation has experienced since record-keeping began in 1895, according to NOAA's report.
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