Evidence of a 22-year rhythm of drought in the western United States related to the Hale solar cycle since the 17th century.

J. M. Mitchell, C. W. Stockton, David Meko

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Abstract

Families of Drought Area Indices (DAI) have been derived from tree-ring data for the entire U.S. west of the Mississippi River, for each year back to either 1700 or 1600 A.D., depending on the data base used. Three families of DAI are considered in the analysis reported in this paper. The solar control is best described as a modulation of terrestrial drought-inducing mechanisms, such that it alternately encourages and discourages the development of major continental droughts which are set up by evolutionary climatic processes unrelated to solar activity. - Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSolar-terrestrial influences on weather and climate. Proc. symposium/workshop, Columbus, Ohio, August 1978
EditorsB.M. McCormac, T.A. Seliga
PublisherReidel
Pages125-143
Number of pages19
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

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Mitchell, J. M., Stockton, C. W., & Meko, D. (1979). Evidence of a 22-year rhythm of drought in the western United States related to the Hale solar cycle since the 17th century. In B. M. McCormac, & T. A. Seliga (Eds.), Solar-terrestrial influences on weather and climate. Proc. symposium/workshop, Columbus, Ohio, August 1978 (pp. 125-143). Reidel.

Evidence of a 22-year rhythm of drought in the western United States related to the Hale solar cycle since the 17th century. / Mitchell, J. M.; Stockton, C. W.; Meko, David.

Solar-terrestrial influences on weather and climate. Proc. symposium/workshop, Columbus, Ohio, August 1978. ed. / B.M. McCormac; T.A. Seliga. Reidel, 1979. p. 125-143.

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Mitchell, JM, Stockton, CW & Meko, D 1979, Evidence of a 22-year rhythm of drought in the western United States related to the Hale solar cycle since the 17th century. in BM McCormac & TA Seliga (eds), Solar-terrestrial influences on weather and climate. Proc. symposium/workshop, Columbus, Ohio, August 1978. Reidel, pp. 125-143.
Mitchell JM, Stockton CW, Meko D. Evidence of a 22-year rhythm of drought in the western United States related to the Hale solar cycle since the 17th century. In McCormac BM, Seliga TA, editors, Solar-terrestrial influences on weather and climate. Proc. symposium/workshop, Columbus, Ohio, August 1978. Reidel. 1979. p. 125-143
Mitchell, J. M. ; Stockton, C. W. ; Meko, David. / Evidence of a 22-year rhythm of drought in the western United States related to the Hale solar cycle since the 17th century. Solar-terrestrial influences on weather and climate. Proc. symposium/workshop, Columbus, Ohio, August 1978. editor / B.M. McCormac ; T.A. Seliga. Reidel, 1979. pp. 125-143
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