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Volume 17, issue 12 | Copyright
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 2351-2364, 2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 21 Dec 2017

Research article | 21 Dec 2017

On the drought in the Balearic Islands during the hydrological year 2015–2016

Climent Ramis et al.
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Short summary
During the hydrological year 2015–2016 (September to August) a severe drought affected the Balearic Islands, with substantial consequences on water availability. In this paper we analyze this anomalous episode in terms of the corresponding water balance. It is shown that the drought was the result of a lack of winter precipitation, the lowest in the last 43 years. In several analyzed meteorological stations, evaporation was greater than precipitation during all the months of the year.
During the hydrological year 2015–2016 (September to August) a severe drought affected the...