Flash drought

From Glossary of Meteorology

flash drought

An unusually rapid onset drought event characterized by a multiweek period of accelerated intensification that culminates in impacts to one or more sectors (agricultural, hydrological, etc.).

Otkin, J. A., M. Svoboda, E. D. Hunt, T. W. Ford, M. C. Anderson, C. Hain, and J. B. Basara, 2018: Flash droughts: A review and assessment of the challenges imposed by rapid-onset droughts in the United States. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.99, 911–919, https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0149.1.

Term edited 19 February 2019.