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Oregon-Washington Water Year 2018 Recap and 2019 Outlook Meeting

Event Date & Time

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 9:30am to 3:00pm
Pacific Time
Washington Department of Ecology Auditorium, 300 Desmond Drive SE, Lacey, WA 98503


A public session will be held in Lacey, WA to discuss a recap of the 2018 and an outlook for the 2019 water years. The morning session will provide an update on current climate conditions and the outlook for 2019 as well as highlight new and improved tools for water monitoring and forecasting. The afternoon session will include updates and discussions on drought impact collection, water year 2018 drought and impacts, and drought planning.

This meeting is co-hosted by Washington Department of Ecology, Office of the Washington State Climatologist, Oregon Climate Office, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, the PNW Climate Impacts Research Consortium and the National Integrated Drought Information System, and other state and federal partners. For more information contact: Kathie Dello ( and Jeff Marti (

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Registration & Coffee (moderator: Jeff Marti)
9:30 – 9:40 am

Climate Recap
9:15 – 10:15 am | WA & OR Water Year 2018 Climate Recap: Karin Bumbaco, OWSC

Water Year 2018 Impacts (moderator: Crystal Raymond)
10:15 – 11:45 am | Introduction: Crystal Raymond


  • Spring Flooding in WA: Derrick Hiebert, WA EMD
  • Summer Fires: Tabitha Laird, WA EMD
  • (10 min break at ~10:50 am)
  • Summary of OR 2018 Impacts: Kathie Dello, CIRC
  • Fish Rescues: Josh Rogala, WA DFW

11:45 am – 12:00 pm | Current State of Impact Reporting: Jeff Marti, WA ECY

Lunch Provided
12:00 – 12:45 pm

Climate Outlook (moderator: Karin Bumbaco)
12:45 – 1:10 pm | Review of Seasonal Forecast Skill: Nick Bond, OWSC
1:!0 – 1:35 pm | Water Year 2019 Climate Outlook: Laurel McCoy, NWS

Tools for Water Monitoring and Forecasts (moderator: Britt Parker)
1:35 – 2:35 pm | NW Climate Toolbox Water Watcher: Katherine Hegewisch, University of Idaho
Steve King - NW River Forecast Center
Jolyne Lea - NRCS

Drought Planning (moderator: Kathie Dello)
2:35 – 2:50 pm | Washington Drought Task Force Updates: Jeff Marti, WA ECY
2:50 – 3:00 pm | Meeting Wrap-Up and Adjournment: Kathie Dello, CIRC




DEWS Regions

Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System