Articles | Volume 25, issue 6
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 3713–3729, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-3713-2021
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 3713–3729, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-3713-2021

Research article 01 Jul 2021

Research article | 01 Jul 2021

Drought onset and propagation into soil moisture and grassland vegetation responses during the 2012–2019 major drought in Southern California

Maria Magdalena Warter et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (28 Feb 2021) by Nunzio Romano
AR by Maria Warter on behalf of the Authors (17 Mar 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (01 Apr 2021) by Nunzio Romano
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (10 May 2021)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (11 May 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (23 May 2021) by Nunzio Romano
AR by Maria Warter on behalf of the Authors (25 May 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (28 May 2021) by Nunzio Romano
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Short summary
Intensified drying of soil and grassland vegetation is raising the impact of fire severity and extent in Southern California. While browned grassland is a common sight during the dry season, this study has shown that there is a pronounced shift in the timing of senescence, due to changing climate conditions favoring milder winter temperatures and increased precipitation variability. Vegetation may be limited in its ability to adapt to these shifts, as drought periods become more frequent.