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California-Nevada Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar: November 27, 2023

Event Date
November 27, 2023
Event Time
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The flakes have started to fly in the Sierra Nevada. This month's Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar discussed tools to help monitor incoming precipitation, track snowpack, and look back at past drought conditions. The National Weather Service also provided their regular drought and climate update.

The California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System November 2023 Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar is part of a series of regular drought and climate outlook webinars designed to provide stakeholders and other interested parties in the region with timely information on current drought status and impacts, as well as a preview of current and developing climatic events (e.g., El Niño and La Niña).


Welcome to the California-Nevada Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar

Speaker: Amanda Sheffield | NOAA's National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), CU Boulder/Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)



Drought and Climate Update & Outlook

Speaker: Chris Smallcomb | National Weather Service – Reno Weather Forecast Office

  • While any scenario is still on the table, California-Nevada needs to be prepared for another wet/snowy winter. It’s happened before (see early 1980s and mid 1990s). 
  • Overall, California-Nevada snowpack accumulation is starting off slow, but it is still within the bounds of what is considered “normal.”
  • October and November were on the drier end of the spectrum, but this does not necessarily mean a dry (or wet) rest of winter. 
  • The region is going into this winter with wetter soils and fuller lakes and streams, so flooding could come quickly with any major warm atmospheric rivers. 
  • It has been a quiet fire weather year in much of the West. The New Orleans Weather Forecast Office has issued more Red Flag Warnings than most National Weather Service offices in California-Nevada. While not a big concern right now, if there is a prolonged dry and warm stretch, critical fire weather days are possible. 



Tools and Resources for Your Winter Toolbox

Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E) Resources

Speaker: Julie Kalansky | CNAPCW3E, Scripps Institution of Oceanography



U.S. Geological Survey Resources

Speaker: Alicia Torregrosa | USGS Southwest Region



U.S. Drought Portal Resources

Speaker: Amanda Sheffield | NOAA/NIDIS, CU Boulder/CIRES



Questions & Answers

Speaker: Amanda Sheffield | NOAA/NIDIS, CU Boulder/CIRES

  • Register now for the next webinar in this series on Monday, January 22, 2024.