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Southern Plains Drought Assessment Virtual Meeting

May 20
May 20, 2024
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
A windmill in a field before a storm in the Southern Plains.

NOAA's National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and the Southern Regional Climate Center (SRCC) are undertaking an assessment of the 2020–2023 Southern Plains drought, which is still ongoing in some parts of the region. 

We need your input on the impacts, responses, and outstanding needs associated with the 2020–2023 (or ongoing) Southern Plains drought. We want to know how this drought impacted you. We will host two roundtable virtual meetings to collect input from anyone affected by the recent drought in the Southern Plains. These virtual meetings will be held on Monday, May 20 and Friday, May 24 at 1 p.m. CT. These meetings will give an overview of this effort, provide space for community discussion, and give you a chance to tell your story of how this drought impacted you. 

We hope that, by carefully documenting and quantifying the impacts, their economic costs, and the responses to the recent drought conditions, that this assessment can be used to inform best practices and build resilience to future droughts in the region. 

We greatly appreciate your time, and hope to see you at one of these meetings!

If you can't attend one of the meetings, please consider sending your 2020–2023 (or ongoing) drought story in an email to

  • How were you or your business impacted by the 2020–2023+ drought in the Southern Plains?
  • How has this event compared to the 2011–2012 drought? 
  • Were there resilience measures (i.e., lessons learned) in the 2011–2012 drought that quantifiably made the 2020–2023 drought less impactful?

For more information, please contact Joel Lisonbee.