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Williams et al. 2022

Williams, A.P., B.I. Cook, and J.E. Smerdon, 2022: Rapid intensification of the emerging southwestern North American megadrought in 2020-2021. Nat. Clim. Change, 12, no. 3, 232-234, doi:10.1038/s41558-022-01290-z.

A previous reconstruction back to 800 CE indicated that the 2000-2018 soil moisture deficit in southwestern North America was exceeded during one megadrought in the late-1500s. Here, we show that after exceptional drought severity in 2021, ∼19% of which is attributable to anthropogenic climate trends, 2000-2021 was the driest 22-yr period since at least 800. This drought will very likely persist through 2022, matching the duration of the late-1500s megadrought.

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@article{wi00500y,
  author={Williams, A. P. and Cook, B. I. and Smerdon, J. E.},
  title={Rapid intensification of the emerging southwestern North American megadrought in 2020-2021},
  year={2022},
  journal={Nat. Clim. Change},
  volume={12},
  number={3},
  pages={232--234},
  doi={10.1038/s41558-022-01290-z},
}

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TY  - JOUR
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AU  - Williams, A. P.
AU  - Cook, B. I.
AU  - Smerdon, J. E.
PY  - 2022
TI  - Rapid intensification of the emerging southwestern North American megadrought in 2020-2021
JA  - Nat. Clim. Change
VL  - 12
IS  - 3
SP  - 232
EP  - 234
DO  - 10.1038/s41558-022-01290-z
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