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Preliminary quick winter summary for the Southeast

People have been asking me if this is a record-setting winter for temperature.  Using the Southeast Regional Climate Center’s Perspectives tool at http://www.sercc.com/perspectives?user=true, you can look at maps which show the rankings for the month or season to date.  With just a couple of days left to go in the season,…
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Some expansion of drought this week

The latest Drought Monitor, released this morning, shows the reintroduction of extreme drought into west-central Alabama and the expansion of moderate drought in Virginia, the western Carolinas, and northwest Alabama.  Florida’s dry conditions remain unchanged, although rain since the cut-off date of Tuesday may improve things next week.
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Handbook of drought indicators

A new handbook which describes the different types of drought indicators is now available from the World Meteorological Organization. It is available in several languages and also online.  You can access it at http://www.droughtmanagement.info/handbook-drought-indicators-and-indices/.
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