U.S. Drought Portal


Summer 2013 High Plains Drought Outlook and Assessment Forum

July 24, 2013, 09:30 - 15:30 CDT

Colby Community Center
Little Theater Room
285 East 5th Street
Colby, Kansas

      Photo Courtesy of Doug Kluck
     Drought conditions in Lamar, Kansas










The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), Kansas Water Office, NOAA Regional Climate Services and National Drought Mitigation Center will be presenting a regional Drought Outlook and Assessment Forum on July 24th in Colby, Kansas. The Forum, is part of a series of events and informational webinars held since the drought became firmly established. The morning session focuses on the evolution and outlook of the drought, including presentations from those involved in monitoring, assessing and predicting our climate. The afternoon session features panel discussions on issues of concern and management practices relative to the multi-state region. The panels will feature researchers, managers, extension, and producers from Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska. 

Presentations from the High Plains Drought Forum

Regional Climate Services – Doug Kluck
Doug Kluck, Central Regional Climate Services Director, NOAA/NCDC

Current Status and Climatological Evolution of 2012-2013 Drought – Mike Hayes
Mike Hayes, National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC)

Seasonal Outlook and Prospects for Improvement – Doug Kluck
Doug Kluck, Central Regional Climate Services Director, NOAA/NCDC

Assessment Panel Sessions

Crop and Soil Management for Water – Chuck Rice
Chuck Rice, Distinguished Professor Soil Microbiology, Kansas State University – Moderator

Water Supplies Panel – Toby Dougherty
Tracy Streeter, Kansas Water Office Director – Moderator
Slides provided by Toby Dougherty, City Manager, City of Hays

Rangeland Management (supporting cattle)
Eric Banks, Kansas State Conservationist, NRCS – Moderator

To RSVP or for more information contact Bethany Perry (816-268-3133)

Visit this event's page on NOAAs Central Region website.


Follow the event on Twitter: #droughtoutlook   
For those not able to attend in person, presentations and a summary will be posted on this meeting page after the event.
Federal agency patricipants will need to contribute $5.00 for lunch and refreshments.



Event Date: 
Wed, Jul 24 2013,
9:30am to 3:30pm