1988 Heat Wave
Facts About The Heat Wave
The North American Drought of 1988 ranks among the worst episodes of drought in the United States. This multi-year drought began in most areas in 1988 and continued into 1989. The drought caused $60 billion in damage $120 billion in 2014 United States dollars. The drought occasioned some of the worst blowing-dust events since 1977 or the 1930s in many locations in the Midwestern United States, including a protracted dust storm, which closed schools in South Dakota in late February 1988.
Deaths During Heat Wave
In 1988, an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 people died from a summer heat wave in the central and eastern United States