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Richard R. Heim Jr. and Michael J. Brewer

4 classification scheme. The lead author, who rotates each month between the three countries, merges the GIS shape files into a continental depiction. Continental drought indicators, computed using the same methodology and calibration periods from data provided by the three countries, are used as guidance to adjust the depictions across the international boundaries where disagreement between the national DMs exists. The continental indicators currently include the SPI, Palmer drought indices

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Charles W. Lafon and Steven M. Quiring

are about the same as those on the Blue Ridge. Lafon and Grissino-Mayer ( Lafon and Grissino-Mayer 2007 ) suggested that a regime of less frequent but heavier precipitation events leads to longer dry spells and more fire in the Blue Ridge than the Appalachian Plateau, with a less variable regime of frequent, light precipitation events that keep fuels moist for much of the time. In the current paper, we follow up on that study to determine whether, indeed, the Blue Ridge has greater precipitation

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Daniel J. McEvoy, Justin L. Huntington, John T. Abatzoglou, and Laura M. Edwards

Buchanan-Smith 2005 ). Currently, the state of Nevada relies on the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) as its primary monitoring system along with the judgment of experts in the field to declare drought throughout the state ( Nevada Division of Water Resources 2012 ). The USDM, one of the most widely accepted and heavily used drought monitoring tools in the United States ( Svoboda et al. 2002 ; Anderson et al. 2011 ), combines several drought metrics including SPI and PDSI, along with a consensus of federal

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