Drought on Two Continents

Two drought-related things crossed my desk today. The first was the CLIMAS southwest outlook, documenting growing drought conditions where I live.

The second involves drought in Niger. Drought’s a complicated thing, and it’s worth remembering that climate is not the only driver. A society’s resiliency is key, and Niger clearly has just about no margin when rainfall declines. But it was humbling to remember that when a “drought” happens here in the southwestern United States, people don’t die.

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