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Smoke on the water

Wildfire season in the Pacific Northwest has entered its high season, and is expected to be worse than usual due to the continuing drought conditions in the region.  Here are a few stories about the current season and the terrifying season that Alaska is experiencing this year. Cliff Mass of…
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What do the Drought Monitor categories mean?

Each week on Thursday morning the National Drought Monitor is updated to reflect the latest drought conditions across the US.  You can find a comparison from one week to the next at http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/MapsAndData/WeeklyComparison.aspx.  But do you know what the different drought categories mean? The CoCoRaHS group has put together a neat…
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“Reflections on a really big drought”

The Beyond the Data blog from the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI, formerly NCDC) has another excellent entry this week.  Jake Crouch describes the evolution of the four-year Texas drought from start to finish.  You can read the story at http://www.climate.gov/news-features/blogs/beyond-data/reflections-really-big-drought.  The article concludes by stressing the importance of collecting…
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New drought research facility planned

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will become home to the new Drought Risk Management Research Center, as part of the National Drought Mitigation Center.  The NDMC currently produces the National Drought Monitor and other products that help identify developing and strengthening droughts in the US and the world. The upgrade will…
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