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Southwest Drought Briefing: January 27, 2022

Event Date
January 27, 2022
Event Time
1:00 pm - 1:35 pm

The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that nearly all of the Southwest is experiencing some level of drought. Following a fairly dismal November, December precipitation has improved, but not eliminated, drought conditions. This short drought briefing focused on winter drought conditions and forecasts for Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.

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Welcome to the Southwest Drought Update

Speaker: Joel Lisonbee | NOAA/National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

  • Welcome to the January 2022 Southwest Drought Briefing. These half-hour webinars will be held monthly for as long as this region is experiencing extreme and exceptional drought conditions.
  • Acknowledgment of land.
  • Learn more about the Southwest Drought Learning Network.
  • View past webinar recordings at
  • Introduction of the speakers:
    • Peter Goble, Colorado Climate Center, Colorado State University
    • Tonya Haigh, National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska – Lincoln



Drought & Climate Update

Speaker: Peter Goble | Colorado Climate Center at the Colorado State University

  • While cold weather puts many drought impacts on hiatus, we are still dealing with considerable hydrological deficits.
  • Region-wide snowpack is above historical averages, but we entered the season with a low water table and root zone soils.
  • Spring conditions have a large influence on the coming season, but the Climate Prediction Center projects increased probabilities of below-normal precipitation for March–May.
  • Reservoir storage is a serious long-term issue for the Southwest U.S.
  • This runoff year is likely to be better than the last two, but we aren’t ensured a big one.



Monitoring Dashboard for Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch

Speaker: Tonya Haigh | National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska – Lincoln



Questions & Answers

Speaker: Emile Elias | USDA Southwest Climate Hub