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California-Nevada Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar: November 28, 2022

Event Date
November 28, 2022
Event Time
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


According to the November 22 U.S. Drought Monitor, 99.7% of California-Nevada is in drought, with 41.9% in Extreme (D3) or Exceptional (D4) Drought. This webinar provided an overview of the current conditions and outlooks as well as tools you can use to prepare for, monitor, and respond to the drought conditions this winter.

The California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System November 2022 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: Julie Kalansky, California-Nevada Adaptation Program (CNAP, a NOAA CAP/RISA team), CW3E, Scripps Institution of Oceanography



Drought and Climate Update and Outlook

Speaker: Dan McEvoy, CNAP, Western Regional Climate Center, Desert Research Institute

  • The entire region is still in a drought that began in 2020.
  • Early November storms were beneficial and brought snowpack, but this needs to continue throughout the winter and into the spring.
  • A cold November may seem trivial, but it reduced evaporative demand, soil drying, mountain snowmelt, and fire danger.
  • We need a well-above-average water year or several wet years in a row to bust drought and replenish reservoirs.
  • The Climate Prediction Center's seasonal (December–February) outlook favors drier and warmer conditions for southern California-Nevada, mostly based on a continuing La Niña pattern.
  • Every La Niña is different, and many other factors influence the presence of winter storms in the region.



Tools and Resources for Your Winter Toolbox

California-Nevada River Forecast Center

Speaker: Nathan Patrick, NOAA/National Weather Service's California-Nevada River Forecast Center



Q&A and Closing

Speaker: Julie Kalansky, CNAP, CW3E, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  • Register now for the next webinar in this series on Monday, January 23, 2022.