In 1996 the NYT said that severe droughts were common in the past
Anasazi had weathered many severe droughts in the past. Why did the one in the late 13th century cause an entire population to abandon the settlements they had worked so hard to build?
Copyright 1996 The New York Times Company
The New York Times
August 20, 1996, Tuesday, Late Edition – Final
Section C; Page 1; Column 3; Science Desk
Yesterday, the New York Times said that severe droughts hardly ever happened in the past
Hundred-Year Forecast: Drought
By CHRISTOPHER R. SCHWALM, CHRISTOPHER A. WILLIAMS and KEVIN SCHAEFER
Published: August 11, 2012
BY many measurements, this summer’s drought is one for the record books. But so was last year’s drought in the South Central states. And it has been only a decade since an extreme five-year drought hit the American West. Widespread annual droughts, once a rare calamity, have become more frequent and are set to become the “new normal.