The twentieth-century pluvial in the western United States

  title={The twentieth-century pluvial in the western United States},
  author={Connie A. Woodhouse and Kenneth E. Kunkel and David R. Easterling and Edward R. Cook},
  journal={Geophysical Research Letters},
[1] Persistent, widespread wet conditions in the western United States in the early twentieth century have been noted in a number of studies. Here, we investigate the character of this pluvial, which covered a roughly 9-state region and lasted about 13 years. Paleoclimatic data used to evaluate the period in a long-term context indicate that the twentieth-century pluvial is an extremely rare event, as previous studies have suggested, even when assessed in the context of a 1186-year… Expand

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