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CDC Releases ‘Preparing for the Health Effects of Drought: a Resource Guide for Public Health Officials’

Preparing for the Health Effects of Drought: A Resource Guide for Public Health Professionals; CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Environmental Health

Although the public health effects of drought can be severe, they are often hard to observe or measure directly, making them easy to overlook. The ...Read the article

Throwback Thursday: Texas Story Map Recalling State's Historic Drought

Evolution of the 2010-2015 Texas Drought: A Story Map

Severe drought once again has come to Texas, bringing with it memories of the state's historic and devastating drought from 2010 to 2015. As folks wait to see what will happen during this year's drought,...Read the article

CISA Publishes Newest Report on Citizen Science Condition Monitoring

New Citizen Science Monitoring Final Report May 2018

A new report published by the Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (CISA), a NOAA RISA team, summarizes the evaluation results and recommendations for the future of the CoCoRaHS Citizen Science Condition Monitoring project.Read the article

Drought Task Force Publishes NIDIS-MAPP Drought & Temperature Research

Temperature and Drought Report

In an effort to better understand temperature, and its relationship with drought, NOAA’s Modelling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program Drought Task Force teamed up with NIDIS and set out to research how temperature factors...Read the article

NIDIS & MAPP Launch “Story Map” Telling the Story of the Historic California Drought

California Drought: 2011-2017: A Story about the Historic Drought, a partnership of MAPP and NIDIS

NIDIS and MAPP have launched an interactive "Story Map" that visually describes the historic California drought from 2011 to 2017Read the article

Data, Maps, & Resources for Snow Drought now Live on Drought.gov

An image taken at 8,000 feet above sea level in the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains shows very little snow on the ground.

Snow drought driven by above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation across the Western United States prompted the development of a snow drought page on drought.gov which features data for snowpack, snow water equivalent, stream flow, stream temperatures, and more, in an effort to provide updated, reliable snow drought information...Read the article

NIDIS Hits the Road: Showcasing drought early warning across the country

NIDIS Booth at the National Water Center Showcase

Last week NIDIS was represented coast-to-coast in a series of conferences, symposiums, and stakeholder meetings focused on drought, precipitation, and water. NIDIS staff members were in California, Washington, Oregon, Nebraska, Indiana, Washington, D.C., and Alabama presenting news and updates about NIDIS and drought early warning to a range of stakeholders,...Read the article

Funding opportunity for snow pack and soil moisture remote sensing projects

NOAA logo

The NOAA Office of Weather and Air Quality (OWAQ) is soliciting proposals to support research and development that has a strong potential for advancing the use of snowpack (snow water equivalent) and soil moisture remote sensing data to improve the National Water Model (NWM) and contribute directly to the mission of...Read the article

Dress rehearsal for drought: South Carolinians simulate hazard response

misty estuary on Carolina coast

When’s the best time to plan for drought? When there isn’t one. And that’s just what South Carolina did in September.Read the article

NDMC & NIDIS Introduce new US Drought Monitor maps for NWS Regions

U.S. Drought Monitor map released on February 20,2018 for the North Central RFC.

Through a partnership with NIDIS, the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) has introduced two new ways to view the U.S. Drought Monitor map.  Users can now view maps specific to the regions of NOAA’s River Forecast Centers (RFCs) and Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs).

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2017’s Billion-Dollar Disasters

U.S. 2017 Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters

The National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) has released the 2017 Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters report, which reveals that 2017 shattered the previous cumulative damage record set in 2005. Read the article

Book provides "fresh approaches" to tackling preparation for drought

Cover of Drought and Water Crises

The new edition of Drought and Water Crises: Integrating Science, Management, and Policy emphasizes the paradigm shift from managing disasters to managing risk, reflecting a global emphasis.Read the article

Online help for drought-impacted populations worldwide

The World Meteorological Organization and Global Water Partnership have joined with other partners to launch an online HelpDesk for the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP).

The World Meteorological Organization and the Global Water Partnership and their partners have created a HelpDesk to promote international integrated drought managment. The intereactive site offers policy guidance, scientific information, and best practices....Read the article

Citizen scientists: Help monitor drought by reporting observations

Hand-drawn picture of CoCoRaHS mascot.

CoCoRaHS has a national network of condition monitoring observers, who provide on-the-ground impacts information to support drought monitoring and reporting. Want to join them? New training materials are available.Read the article

Forecast Rodeo: Four months down, eight to go!

fever chart shows top 5 team scores competing for weeks 3&4 temperature forecast as of Sept 5 2017

Team standings are tightening in the Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo, and upcoming cool-season forecasts will play a big role in determining who brings home a piece of $800,000 in prizes.Read the article

August webinars spotlight conditions in Northern Plains and beyond

sparse vegetation and dried up ground

Each month NIDIS and partners present information about drought conditions and the outlook for various regions around the U.S.Read the article

Regional DEWS coordinators join NIDIS

Map of regional Drought Early Warning Systems in the continental US

NIDIS welcomes Amanda Sheffield for the CA-NV DEWS and Elizabeth Weight for the Intermountain West and Southern Plains DEWS regions.Read the article

Got drought? Let the Drought Impact Reporter know

detail of Drought Impact Reporter home page showing map of US and dozens of impacts being reported in MT, ND and SD

U.S. Drought Monitor authors use multiple sources of data and monitoring information to build the map each week, including reports on local drought impacts. The most effective way to communicate those impacts is through the Drought Impact Reporter....Read the article

Exceptional drought expands in Northern Plains

US Drought Monitor map of Missouri River Basin for July 25, 2017 shows abnormal dryness and drought conditions affecting more than 70% of the region

The Dakotas and eastern Montana have seen drought worsen rapidly since April. NIDIS partners in the Missouri River Basin Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) have ramped up their communications efforts in response.Read the article

QuickDRI alerts farmers, fire managers to impending drought

map of continental US shows "wetter" and "drier" locations

This new tool analyzes four drought indicators – precipitation, soil moisture, vegetation health and evaporative moisture loss from plants — all at once to better "see" drought conditions emerge before traditional drought-monitoring tools.Read the article

New tools help visualize the future of drought

US map shows High Plains, Southeast with very low likelihood

If we don’t get any rain for the rest of the month, what are the chances the drought will get better? The Drought Termination and Amelioration tools can help you see what’s possible – and what’s likely.Read the article

Regional outlooks summarize drought conditions, impacts, what's ahead

first page of outlook document for Southeast

 

Read the latest regional reports on climate and drought impacts, with an overview of forecast conditions for the first half of 2017. Read the article

Forecast Rodeo in full swing

Bureau of Reclamation poster announcing, "Saddle up for the Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecasting Rodeo!" usbr.gov/research/challenges

Eight teams are vying for up to $800,000 in prizes by demonstrating their sub-seasonal forecasting skill in this real-time competition.Read the article

Highlighting drought's effects on agriculture

US map shows milk cow production areas experiencing drought

New website offers information on areas where drought is impacting crops and livestock. Maps, data tables, time series graphs and animations appear weekly, a collaboration of the USDA and NDMC.Read the article

Drought at a glance in the Intermountain West

map of Wyomnig, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico shows scattered abnormal dryness (D0) and moderate drought in central Colorado, southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico

What’s up with drought in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico? The Colorado Climate Center provides weekly updates, and biweekly webinars.Read the article

Outlook through summer: U.S. mostly drought-free

Map of US shows drought lingering in SoCal, sw AZ, GA, parts of SC, HI; otherwise greatly improved!

The Climate Prediction Center’ Seasonal Outlook shows significant improvement in the nation’s drought conditions through August 31.Read the article