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Published as chapter 2 in The Arid Frontier: Interactive Management of Environment and Development, edited by Hendrik J. Bruins and Harvey Lithwick, pp. 33–54 (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998).
Drought has been a common feature in large portions of the United States during the past decade. To the casual observer, the frequency of recent droughts may signal a change in climate, a possible forewarning of global warming. Viewed in the context of the nation’s climatic history, the pattern of the past decade is not unusual.