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November 15, 2022

According to recent research led by Benjamin Cook (NASA Goddard) and a team of international scientists, climate change is likely to increase future megadrought risk through regional declines in precipitation and widespread increases in evaporative demand. The impacts of an ongoing megadrought in Southwestern North America (2000–present), amplified by climate change, suggest that these events will significantly strain water resources and present major resiliency challenges in the future.

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October 27, 2022

NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) has announced a total annual award of $5.7 million to support 11 new, innovative, and impactful projects that will improve our nation’s resilience at a critical time in the fight against the drought crisis. The projects will focus on ecological drought and building tribal drought resilience.

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October 26, 2022

Through the Fall 2022 NASA DEVELOP team, early-career scientists aim to understand how soil moisture and fire fuel behavior preceding wildfires can inform future fire and drought monitoring.

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October 19, 2022

In two recent studies, UCLA’s Land Surface Hydrology Group examined western U.S. streamflow declines in response to climate warming and found they are expected to be asymmetric depending on the season in which most warming occurs.

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October 4, 2022

In a new NIDIS-funded study, authors Richard Seager, Mingfang Ting, Patrick Alexander, Jennifer Nakamura, Haibo Liu, Cuihua Li, and Isla R. Simpson use reanalyses and sea surface temperature-forced climate models to examine what large-scale atmosphere-ocean conditions were responsible for the onset and intensification of this latest widespread and severe drought in southwestern North America. 

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October 3, 2022

In response to these needs expressed by tribal partners, NOAA's National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) is pleased to announce a new map customization feature for Tribal Nations. Developed in collaboration with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), this feature allows users to display reservation boundaries on any map on Drought.gov. 

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September 21, 2022

Climate change is impacting water supplies for communities and ecosystems around the world. In a new study funded in part by NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), researchers from the Montana Climate Office evaluated the degree to which assumptions of a climate stationarity may bias drought assessment. The study reveals that drought assessment error is relatively low with short climatology lengths, and error (with respect to the more recent climate) can increase substantially when using longer reference frames where climate is changing rapidly. 

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September 21, 2022

Timely information on drought impacts is important for developing and evaluating drought indicators, documenting drought events, reducing future risks, and enhancing public awareness. To address needs for better understanding and monitoring of localized drought impacts, this study recruited volunteers from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) network to report on how weather and recent precipitation affected their local environments and communities. The study found that the reporting of conditions across a wet-to-dry scale by the CoCoRaHS volunteers reflect meteorological conditions, and provide on-the-ground details that are being incorporated into existing drought monitoring processes.

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September 12, 2022

On August 25, 2022, South Dakota State University hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the expansion of the mesonet at South Dakota State, South Dakota's live weather network, as part of the Upper Missouri River Basin Soil Moisture and Plains Snow Build-Out project. This project, led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is a key initiative of the NIDIS-sponsored National Coordinated Soil Moisture Monitoring Network (NCSMMN).

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August 10, 2022

The American Meteorological Society is hosting its 103rd annual meeting on January 8–12, 2023, in Denver, Colorado. This year, the meeting will focus on the theme, "Data: Driving Science. Informing Decisions. Enriching Humanity.” The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and its partners are excited to co-chair several sessions related to drought analysis and prediction, flash drought, service delivery lessons, and translating climate science into action.