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Drought Early Warning Activities

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Each regional drought early warning system (DEWS) focuses on improving early warning capacity for and resilience to drought in that region, including examining the role of extreme weather events and climate variability in drought.

Regional DEWS Coordination

NIDIS has developed regional drought early warning systems (DEWS) throughout the United States, where local networks of researchers, resource managers, policymakers, the private sector, academics, and other stakeholders share information and actions to help their communities cope with drought.

A DEWS coordinates this network of key regional partners so that decision makers and citizens can systematically approach drought monitoring and forecasting integration when planning and preparing for drought. Regional DEWS encourage innovation by integrating new, locally relevant drought information, and supporting the introduction and testing of technologies that detect and communicate drought risks and warnings.

Regional DEWS activities focus on five key areas for drought early warning (DEWS components): observation and monitoring, prediction and forecasting, planning and preparedness, communication and outreach, and interdisciplinary research and applications.

Circles representing each of the 5 key components of a drought early warning system

Drought Early Warning Activities

The table below shows ongoing activities related to drought early warning across the United States. Each activity falls into one or more of the five key areas of drought early warning systems (DEWS components): observation and monitoring, planning and preparedness, prediction and forecasting, communication and outreach, and interdisciplinary research and applications.

DEWS Components Legend
Observation & Monitoring
 
Planning & Preparedness
 
Prediction & Forecasting
 
Communication & Outreach
 
Research & Applications

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Description

This series of monthly webinars closely examined developing drought conditions and summer weather and climate patterns across new mexico tribal lands. These occurred on the fourth thursday of each…

Scope
State
Key Partners
Pueblo of Santa Ana Department of Natural Resources, Quivira Coalition, USDA Southwest Climate Hub, New Mexico State Climate Office
Project Timeline
May
2020
Sep
2020
DEWS Components
Description

The 2017 drought was a rapid-onset event for northeast Montana, the Dakotas, and the Canadian Prairies during the spring and summer of 2017. It was the worst drought to impact the U.S. Northern…

Scope
Region
Key Partners
NOAA, Montana Climate Office, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, North Dakota State Climate Office, South Dakota State Climate Office, High Plains Regional Climate Center, USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub, NIDIS
Project Timeline
Dec
2017
May
2019
DEWS Components
Description

The Utah Drought Coordinator hosts regular webinars to discuss weather conditions around the state to contribute to the U.S. Drought Monitor. For more information on the Utah Drought Webinar…

Scope
State
Key Partners
Utah Department of Water Resources, National Weather Service, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
Project Timeline
Ongoing
DEWS Components
Description

In 2020, the Northeast DEWS team held listening sessions among its partners and stakeholders in New York and New England. The focus of the sessions was to…

Scope
Region
Key Partners
NIDIS, NOAA, Northeast Regional Climate Center, U.S. Geological Survey, USDA
Project Timeline
Jun
2022
Jun
2026
DEWS Components
Description

This project is investigating how hypothetical reduction of 300,000 acre-feet of irrigation water for Pinal County agriculture would impact on the local economy.

Scope
State
Key Partners
Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS, a NOAA RISA Team), University of Arizona, National Climatic Data Center, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, USDA, Arizona Department of Water Resources, Central Arizona Irrigation Districts
Project Timeline
Ongoing
DEWS Components