Harsh Droughts Can Actually Start Over Oceans

Harsh Droughts Can Actually Start Over Oceans

He and his Stanford University postdoctoral advisor Noah Diffenbaugh describe what they have dubbed “landfalling droughts” in a study published this fall in Water Resources Research. For example, the patterns that create and propel landfalling droughts may be larger than the patterns that drive those that form, and remain, over land. The hotspots for landfalling droughts seem to include western North America, eastern South America, southwestern Africa and eastern Asia. Herrera Estrada and Diffenbaugh hope monitoring landfalling droughts will bolster prediction and preparation in California and other hotspots. “Landfalling droughts give us a new pattern to look for.”

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