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California from drought to deluge

The dramatic switch from extreme drought to severe flooding in California, and the accompanying flip from atmospheric ridge to trough in the northeastern Pacific, exemplifies the pathways to an intensified water cycle under a warming climate.

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Figure 1: Dipole pattern from one extreme to the other.
Figure 2: Correlation maps of the November–January precipitation with the dipole index.


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This research was supported by US Department of Energy grant DESC0016605, SERDP grant W912HQ-17-P-0013, the USU Agricultural Experiment Station (paper #9007), and Korea's Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation NRF-2017R1A2B4007480.

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Wang, SY., Yoon, JH., Becker, E. et al. California from drought to deluge. Nature Clim Change 7, 465–468 (2017).

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