correspondence Martin E. Alexander Department of Forestry, Australian National University, and Bushfire Research Unit, CSIRO Division of Forestry, Canberra, Australia. FIG. 1. Comparison of computer-calculated values of the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) with and without the typographical error in the daily drought factor equation of Keetch and Byram (1968). The daily maximum temperature and precipitation data used in the calculations was kindly provided by the Commonwealth of Australia, Bureau of Meteorology, Canberra Regional Office. The drought index developed for fire control purposes References by Keetch and Byram (1968) is widely used by forestry authorities in the United States and in many other Alexander, M. E., 1990: Computer calculation of the Keetch-Byram Drought Index—programmers beware! Fire Manage. Notes, regions of the world (e.g., Livingston 1974; Rose 51(4), 23-25. [Available from: Chief, Forest Service (Attn: Fire 1990). The objective of this brief communication is to Management Notes), P.O. Box 96090, v.s. Department of Agri- highlight the existence of a significant typographical culture, Washington, DC 20090-6090.] error in the empirical equation used to calculate the Beer, T., 1991: Applied Environmetrics hydrological tables. Applied daily drought factor of the index (Fig. 1), the details of Environmetrics, Australia, 73 pp. + disk. Keetch, J.
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