Drought in western states could be just getting started says new research

February 14, 2015 1:32 AM

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For 11 of the last 14 years, most of the American west has faced drought conditions. Although California’s drought gets the most attention, recent droughts have stretched as far east as Texas and Oklahoma. According to new research, however, the worst is yet to come.

During the second half of the 20th century, the US Southwest and Great Plains can expect drought conditions worse than anything seen in 1,000 years. These will even surpass the decades long “megadroughts” that have impacted the region in the past. This includes the 13th century drought that some bel...

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