Articles | Volume 14, issue 5
Clim. Past, 14, 665–686, 2018

Special issue: Climate of the past 2000 years: regional and trans-regional...

Clim. Past, 14, 665–686, 2018
Research article
28 May 2018
Research article | 28 May 2018

Placing the Common Era in a Holocene context: millennial to centennial patterns and trends in the hydroclimate of North America over the past 2000 years

Bryan N. Shuman et al.

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A synthesis of 93 published records reveals that moisture availability increased over large portions of North America over the past 2000 years, the Common Era (CE). In many records, the second millennium CE tended to be wetter than the first millennium CE. The long-term changes formed the background for annual to multi-decade variations, such as "mega-droughts", and also provide a context for amplified rates of hydrologic change today.