we haven't seen anything yet, that there is an 85 percent chance of a drought lasting as long as 35 years in the Southwest by the end of this century. That will make for some mighty dry soil. Obviously, parched soil means parched crops and parched people.
About a millennium ago, drought is thought to have done in Pueblo cultures. What's facing us is different because, in addition to cyclical lower rain fall, higher temperatures in the context of global warming will cause what water remains to evaporate more rapidly.
I almost feel guilty, enjoying this strange season in-between, before parts of California become unlivable.
H/t A Change in the Wind for pointing to the drought article.