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West Texas Drought Outlook and Assessment Forum

Event Date & Time

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 6:00am
Abilene, TX


  • Regional climate services in response to the West Texas drought, 2010-2012 –  Chad McNutt, National Integrated Drought Information System, NOAA/OAR
  • Current Status and Climatological Evolution of the 2010-2012 Drought – Victor Murphy, Climate Services Program Manager, National Weather Service Southern Region, and  Jason Johnson, Senior Service Hydrologist, NWS Weather Forecast Office, San Angelo
  • Long-Term Trends in Southern Plains and West Texas Drought – John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist, Texas A&M University
  • Outlook into 2013 and the influences of El Nino/La Nina, and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation and North Atlantic Oscillation on Texas Drought – Klaus Wolter, Research Scientist, University of Colorado                 
  • Water Management Impact Panel: Current Status and Outlook for West Texas, Information Needed, and Lessons Learned – Representatives from federal, state, and local water managers and water supply experts discuss the drought status and impacts on area reservoirs, stream flow, and ground water.
  • The Next Steps: Needs Assessment, Bilateral Coordination, and Sustaining Partnerships – Chad McNutt, National Integrated Drought Information System, NOAA/OAR


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Southern Plains Drought Early Warning System