Drought in the United States: Causes and Current Understanding

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This report discusses how drought is defined (e.g., why drought in one region of the country is different from drought in another region) and why drought occurs in the United States. It briefly describes periods of drought in the country's past that equaled or exceeded drought conditions experienced during the 20th century. This is followed by a discussion of the nature and extent of recent droughts that affected Texas and the U.S. midcontinent, and the current drought in California. Lastly, the report discusses future prospects for a climate in the western United States that might be drier than the average ... continued below

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Folger, Peter & Cody, Betsy A. February 26, 2014.

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  • Folger, Peter Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources Policy
  • Cody, Betsy A. Acting Deputy Assistant Director and Specialist Natural Resources Policy

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This report discusses how drought is defined (e.g., why drought in one region of the country is different from drought in another region) and why drought occurs in the United States. It briefly describes periods of drought in the country's past that equaled or exceeded drought conditions experienced during the 20th century. This is followed by a discussion of the nature and extent of recent droughts that affected Texas and the U.S. midcontinent, and the current drought in California. Lastly, the report discusses future prospects for a climate in the western United States that might be drier than the average 20th-century climate and the possible influence of human-induced climate change.

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  • February 26, 2014

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Folger, Peter & Cody, Betsy A. Drought in the United States: Causes and Current Understanding, report, February 26, 2014; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc282354/: accessed May 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.