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Pacific Northwest DEWS Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar: August 22, 2022

Event Date
August 22, 2022
Event Time
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

These webinars provide the region's stakeholders and interested parties with timely information on current and developing drought conditions, as well as climatic events like El Niño and La Niña. Speakers also discuss the impacts of these conditions on things such as wildfires, floods, disruption to water supply and ecosystems, as well as impacts to affected industries like agriculture, tourism, and public health.


Webinar Introduction

Speaker: Holly Prendeville, USDA Northwest Climate Hub



Climate Recap and Current Conditions: Summer 2022

Speaker: Larry O'Neill, Oregon Climate Service, Oregon State University

  • This summer has been exceptionally warm and dry after a cool and wet start
  • Much of the Pacific Northwest is still in drought, although drought severity and extent have improved somewhat this spring and significantly since this time last year.
  • The summer monsoon has been active but has brought below-average precipitation and lightning.
  • Much of the Pacific Northwest has experienced more humid conditions than normal.



Seasonal Conditions & Climate Outlook

Speaker: Troy Lindquist, Boise Weather Forecast Office, National Weather Service

  • La Niña is present and favored to persist through winter 2022–23.
  • Above-normal temperatures are favored through the fall for most of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Below-normal temperatures are favored for the northern half of the region this winter.
  • Above-normal precipitation is favored this fall and winter for much of Washington and the Northern Rockies.
  • Drought conditions are favored to persist across much of Oregon and southern Idaho through the fall.



Annual Pacific Northwest Water Year Assessment: Lessons Learned and How You Can Contribute

Speakers: Karin Bumbaco, University of Washington, Office of the Washington State Climatologist

  • The Oregon–Washington Water Year 2022 Recap and 2023 Outlook Meeting will be held on October 2–26, 2022 (virtual).
  • Please look for our end of the water year survey (Annual PNW Water Year Impacts Survey).
  • Continue to enter observations into CMOR-Drought any time.
  • The 2020 and 2021 Annual Water Year Impacts Assessments are the results of these efforts, and the 2022 Assessment will be available in early 2023. 
    • These assessments are a collaborative effort with researchers and resource managers in the Pacific Northwest, supported by NIDIS.
    • Purpose: To summarize the water year conditions and sector impacts as a resource for future management of drought and other climate extremes.



Conclusion and Q&A

Speaker: Britt Parker, NOAA/National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS); Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)