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

drought in Nevada and eastern California, an arid region with minimal agriculture and population and sparse water availability. One of the first and most highly used drought indices is the Palmer drought severity index (PDSI; Palmer 1965 ), which is based on a simplified soil–water balance. While the PDSI has been well established for adequately explaining many observed wet and dry climate cycles, it has some limitations because of the many parameterizations of the calculation and the lack of ability

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