Drought -- National Drought Mitigation Center


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Published in Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy 16:1 (2001), pp. 20-28.


To the casual observer, it may appear that in the past five years, drought has been a more common visitor to the American landscape. Drought conditions ravaged the southwestern and south-central states during 1995 and 1996, raising havoc in many economic sectors. It also caused serious environmental and social hardships. Drought has persisted in each year since, affecting most areas in the country on at least one occasion and several regions for three or more consecutive years.