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  • Short-term climate modeling forecasts drought for Southeast US

    Dried ground with mudcracks and grass growing around edges.

    Drought forecasting, which is typically performed at the multi-decade scale, is getting a proactive makeover by Illinois researchers who are focusing on short-term models that stress the urgency of drought risk in the United States to help inform policymakers now.

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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Ximing Cai, call 217-333-4935; email

    The paper “Regional drought risk in the contiguous United States” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau. DOI: 10.1029/2020GL092200