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  • The 1980-1981 drought in Illinois: causes, dimensions, and impacts


  • This report addresses the 1980-1981 drought in Illinois. This 15-month drought, which began in February 1980 and was centered in the southern portions of the state, was not one of the extreme droughts of record. However, its importance derives from the fact that it is the most severe drought since those of the early 1950s. As such, the 1980-1981 drought potentially reflects a new set (or new types) of impacts on the states water resources due to many technological, hydrological, and institutional changes since the 1950s.As noted above, droughts are a basic and important feature of the climate and water resources of Illinois. The interesting near absence of droughts in the state between 1955 and 1976 makes the drought of 1980-1981 of great interest, although it was not extremely severe.

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Volume or Year: 1982
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Date Created: 9 25 2004
Date Last Modified: 7 15 2005

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