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Southern Plains Drought Outlook and Assessment March 7, 2013

Event Date & Time

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 5:00am
Oklahoma Panhandle Research and Extension Center (OPREC), Goodwell, OK

The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), NOAA and Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) presented a regional Drought Outlook and Assessment Forum on March 7 in Goodwell, Oklahoma. The Forum, hosted by the Oklahoma Panhandle Research and Extension Center (OPREC), is the fifth in a series since the drought became firmly established in 2011. The morning session focused on the evolution and outlook of the drought, including presentations from those involved in monitoring, assessing and predicting our climate. The afternoon session featured panel discussions on issues of concern and management practices relative to the multi-state region. The panels featured researchers, managers, extension, and producers from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Colorado.

Meeting summary



10:00 Welcome
10:10 Regional climate services in response to the Southern Plains drought
10:30 Current status and evolution of the 2010-2013 drought
11:00 Seasonal outlook and prospects for improvement
11:30 Long-lead climate outlook and the role of La Nina in the Southern Plains drought
12:30 Crop Water Management (panel)
1:30 Water supplies (panel)
2:30 Rangeland management (panel)
3:30 Wrap-up & Adjourn


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