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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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Dust (and smoke) in the wind

Although a lot of the pollution that plagues the Southeast comes from local sources, we also get imports from other locations. This week smoke from forest fires as far away as Alaska are blowing into the Lower 48 states.  The recent record-setting warm conditions have increased the length of the…
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Georgia approves new drought plan

Georgia’s Board of Natural Resources approved a new drought plan last week, according to Walter C. Jones of Morris News Service in this article from OnlineAthens.com.  The drought plan was modified from an earlier drought plan that caused farmers and agribusinesses some concerns in the exceptional 2007-2009 drought in north…
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