Fuchs said the spread of the drought was referred to as a “flash drought” similar to a flash flood. What impacted the situation as much as a lack of precipitation was the high temperatures and high winds that occurred.
“As in 2010 and 2011, drought can be very intense but isolated. In 2010 and 2011, it was very intense over Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma to part of Louisiana, but it stayed down there. In 2012 and 2013, we saw drought explode with a large spatial footprint. Even the Hawaiian islands, which you think of as lush, green tropical paradise has had drought; the big island of Maui has been in a three-year drought,” he said.
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