Droughts are often categorized as "flash" droughts when they develop or intensify in a matter of weeks (though defining flash droughts continues to be an area of active debate). The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and the National Weather Service (NWS) will host three flash drought webinars in 2021 to help climate professionals and operational service providers better understand this phenomenon, its defining characteristics and how it varies by region and season, its impacts on agricultural and other stakeholders, and the potential for improved monitoring, prediction, and planning/response tools (datasets, maps, etc.).
This webinar will showcase the "state of the science" on flash drought, based on recorded presentations from the December 2020 NIDIS-sponsored Flash Drought Virtual Workshop, followed by a live Q&A with the presenters.
- Flash Drought Literature Review, Joel Lisonbee, NOAA/NIDIS, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
- Flash Drought Monitoring Challenges and Needs, Jason Otkin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Mark Svoboda, National Drought Mitigation Center
- Flash Drought Prediction Challenges and Needs, Andy Hoell, NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory, and Hailan Wang, NOAA National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center
- Flash Drought Planning and Response Challenges and Needs, Tim Hall, Iowa Department of Natural Resources