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The English Lowlands is a heavily populated, water-stressed region, which is vulnerable to long droughts typically associated with dry winters. We conduct a long-term (1910-present) quantitative analysis of precipitation, flow and groundwater droughts for the region, and then review potential climatic drivers. No single driver is dominant, but we demonstrate a physical link between La Nina conditions, winter rainfall and long droughts in the region.
Articles | Volume 19, issue 5
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 2353–2375, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-2353-2015
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 2353–2375, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-2353-2015

Review article 20 May 2015

Review article | 20 May 2015

Multi-annual droughts in the English Lowlands: a review of their characteristics and climate drivers in the winter half-year

C. K. Folland et al.

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The English Lowlands is a heavily populated, water-stressed region, which is vulnerable to long droughts typically associated with dry winters. We conduct a long-term (1910-present) quantitative analysis of precipitation, flow and groundwater droughts for the region, and then review potential climatic drivers. No single driver is dominant, but we demonstrate a physical link between La Nina conditions, winter rainfall and long droughts in the region.
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