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Anthony M. DeAngelis, Hailan Wang, Randal D. Koster, Siegfried D. Schubert, Yehui Chang, and Jelena Marshak

1. Introduction Droughts that develop on time scales of several weeks to a few months, known as flash droughts, have been receiving increased attention by the scientific community (e.g., Svoboda et al. 2002 ; Otkin et al. 2018 ; Pendergrass et al. 2020 ). Characterized by a lack of precipitation, enhanced evapotranspiration, and a rapid decline in soil moisture, flash droughts can disrupt agricultural production, deplete water resources, and impair natural ecosystems and vegetation ( Smith

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