U.S. Drought Portal


Summer 2013 National Drought Outlook

Thursday May 16, 2013 In Washington D.C.
10:00 to 12:30 EDT
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (Senate Side), Room SVC 209-08
Registration not required.



Sweetwater, TX  2012


Photo Courtesy of Dennis Cumbie

Current drought conditions, coupled with predictions for continued dryness throughout much of the country, pose a threat to agriculture, the environment, economy and human health. On Thursday, May 16, leading experts from numerous federal agencies and non-government organizations will hold a Summer 2013 National Drought Outlook Forum on Capitol Hill to provide a seasonal drought forecast along with discussion of current and expected drought impacts and what plans are in place for response and mitigation.

The event will also provide outlooks related to agriculture, wildfires and national water supplies, as well as discussion of short-term recovery and flooding concerns certain areas of the country face. Details about the re-authorization of the Drought Information Act of 2013, as well as available resources for drought preparedness and response, will also be provided.
For the agenda for this meeting, click here.
For more information, contact Veva Deheza  303-497-3431.
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.



10:00-10:05 Introduction, Wayne Higgins, NOAA
10:05-10:15 An Overview of the Drought information Act of 2013 (S.376)
Reauthorization of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)
Veva Deheza, NIDIS Program Office, NOAA
Mackenzie Tepel, Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, NOAA
10:15-10:35 U.S. Drought Monitor and Crop Outlook
Brad Rippey, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA
10:35-10:55 Seasonal Forecast and Drought Outlook
David Miskus, National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center, NOAA
10:55-11:30 Panel I: Federal Agencies - Drought Conditions Update and National Wildfire Outlook
Moderator: Mark Brusberg, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA
Elizabeth Reinhardt, U.S. Forest Service, USDA
Dionne Thompson, Bureau of Reclamation, DOI
Chandra Pathak, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
11:30-12:15 Panel II: Economic Sectors - Current Economic Impacts and Outlook
Moderator: Mark Svoboda, National Drought Mitigation Center
John Longworth, State Engineer's Office, New Mexico
Chip Ramsey, Nebraska Cattlemen, Inc.
Bradley Fuller, Western Horizons Corporation
Brenner Brown, Texas Water Development Board
12:15-12:30 Climate Outlook Summary and NIDIS Resources for Drought Preparedness and Response
Mark Svoboda, National Drought mitigation Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lisa Darby, NIDIS Program Office, NOAA


Event Date: 
Thu, May 16 2013, 10:00am