Causes and Predictability of the 2012 Great Plains Drought

@article{Hoerling2014CausesAP,
  title={Causes and Predictability of the 2012 Great Plains Drought},
  author={Martin P. Hoerling and Jon K. Eischeid and Arun Kumar and Ruby Leung and Annarita Mariotti and Kingtse C. Mo and Siegfried Schubert and Richard Seager},
  journal={Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society},
  year={2014},
  volume={95},
  pages={269-282}
}
Central Great Plains precipitation deficits during May–August 2012 were the most severe since at least 1895, eclipsing the Dust Bowl summers of 1934 and 1936. Drought developed suddenly in May, following near-normal precipitation during winter and early spring. Its proximate causes were a reduction in atmospheric moisture transport into the Great Plains from the Gulf of Mexico. Processes that generally provide air mass lift and condensation were mostly absent, including a lack of frontal… 

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