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Susan A. Crate

the inundation of hayfields, gardens, and pastures, which prevents use of substantial land areas and harvesting of essential resources; changes in the quality and quantity of snow, preventing hunters and horse herds from accessing winter food; increased flooding that rots homes and other buildings and ruins transportation ways; and disrupted rain patterns in the temperate months that create droughts in spring and dampness in harvest times, affecting hay production ( Crate 2008 , 2009 ). b

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Daniel B. Ferguson, Anna Masayesva, Alison M. Meadow, and Michael A. Crimmins

be well characterized at the scales at which decisions are made and that information must be broadly communicated to impacted stakeholders. Drought is typically characterized by analyzing current hydrological (e.g., snowpack, streamflow) and meteorological (primarily precipitation) conditions in relation to average conditions found in those data. This approach has at least two potential pitfalls. First, it assumes data of sufficient resolution and quality are available to accurately capture

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