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Pacific Northwest Inland Drought Outlook 2015

Event Date & Time

Monday, May 4, 2015 - 6:00am
Pacific Time
National Interagency Fire Center, Boise, Idaho

Purpose: This one-day event sought to explore the potential need and desire for a regional Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) in the Pacific Northwest by bringing together stakeholders from throughout the region. The meeting provided an update on current and future drought conditions and an opportunity to interact with other decision makers and information providers.

• Learn about the extent of drought conditions and the prospects for ongoing drought in the region
• Provide new information and resources for drought early warning and response
• Collect feedback from stakeholders on components of a potential regional drought early warning system

Cosponsored by NIDIS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC), Office of Washington State Climatologist, Oregon Climate Service


Welcome: Kevin Werner, NOAA, and Alicia Marrs, NIDIS
What is a Drought Early Warning System – Alicia Marrs

Evolution of drought in the Inland NW in the recent past – Kelly Redmond, Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC)

Summer outlook and water supply forecast – Troy Lindquist, National Weather Service (Boise)

Panel Discussion: Perspectives on the last few years
Information providers and research: 

  • Ron Abramovich, National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), 
  • Bart Nijssen, University of Washington
  • Joe Intermill, NWS/NWRFC

Impacted Sectors: 

  • Energy, Mel Kunkel, Idaho Power
  • Agriculture, Bill Buhrig, OSU Extension Malheur County
  • Fisheries and Wildlife, Teresa Scott, Washington State Dept. Fish & Wildlife

For meeting questions, please contact Kathie Dello, CIRC/Oregon State University (

DEWS Regions

Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System