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Missouri River Basin User Forum: Drought Early Warning for the Upper Basin - May 23-25

Event Date & Time

Tuesday, 2017, May 23 (All day) to Thursday, 2017, May 25 (All day)
Rapid City, SD

The meeting will focus on further developing the Missouri River Basin Drought Early Warning System (MRB DEWS).  This is the second of two meetings in 2017. The first meeting was held March 7-9 in Nebraska City, NE and focused specifically on the Lower Basin. This meeting will focus on the Upper Basin, above Gavins Point Dam (MT, WY, ND, and SD).

As part of the meeting we will also hold a half-day drought monitoring a forecasting tools workshop. This will be an opportunity to work directly with the experts on the latest drought tools.

Discussion topics:

  • Current status of drought monitoring and prediction in the Basin
  • Identify states, tribes, watersheds, and municipalities engaged in drought planning and how early warning information matches these efforts
  • Identify opportunities to improve monitoring and forecasting such as improving soil moisture data

Partners:  The meeting is being held in collaboration with the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, the High Plains Regional Climate Center, the Western States Water Council, and the American Association of State Climatologists. 

Registration information

Preliminary agenda

For more information contact Chad McNutt, NIDIS ( 

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Missouri River Basin Drought Early Warning System