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September 27, 2022

Temperatures and precipitation were variable across the region this past month, with most of the region exhibiting slightly above-average temperatures and below-average rainfall. Streamflows are currently near normal across most of the region. Pockets of moderate drought have returned to northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia.

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September 26, 2022

According to the September 20 U.S. Drought Monitor, 99.9% of California/Nevada is in drought, with 42.9% in extreme (D3) or exceptional (D4) Ddrought. All eyes are on the fall and winter outlooks with the hope for a better snow year even as La Niña is favored to continue through winter 2022–23.

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September 22, 2022

This Midwest DEWS research webinar highlighted results from a NIDIS-funded research study that analyzed the rapid transitions in precipitation extremes in the Midwest. The goal of this research study, led by Dr. Trent Ford at the University of Illinois and Dr. Liang Chen at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was to improve our understanding of rapid transitions between precipitation extremes in the Midwest, their causes, and the future risk they pose to the region.

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September 13, 2022

The Southwest is in continuing drought. Recent summer rains have improved but not removed drought from the Southwest. This webinar will look at current and forecast drought conditions for Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah. Despite a wet summer, the Great Salt Lake has hit a historic, all-time low water level; this webinar will also look at the recently released Great Salt Lake Hydro Mapper tool developed by USGS and State of Utah.

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September 8, 2022

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) are holding a series of listening sessions on Drought Prediction and Water Availability to seek input on priorities and needs related to predicting water availability changes under drought conditions at national and regional scales.

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August 23, 2022

Temperatures and precipitation were variable across the region this past month, with most of the region exhibiting slightly above=average temperatures and below-average precipitation. 

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August 22, 2022

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.

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August 9, 2022

The Southwest is in a continuing drought. This webinar looked at how recent monsoon rain has changed drought conditions for Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah. This webinar also took a closer look at drought monitoring using data and tools from the USDA Agricultural Research Service research in partnership with PhenoCam Network.

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July 26, 2022

Temperatures and precipitation were highly variable across the region this past month. Precipitation was generally wetter across the region, which helped alleviate some of the drought conditions. However, there was still much variation in precipitation, which is typical of July. Streamflows are near normal across most of the region.

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July 21, 2022

Over 72% of the Western U.S. and Southern Plains were in drought, according to the July 19 U.S. Drought Monitor. But that 72% only tells a portion of the story. 

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July 21, 2022

The Southern Plains has been in extreme to exceptional drought since September 2021. This drought has been dynamic, changing almost month to month through the winter and spring. Intense heat and the rapid intensification of drought conditions through June and July made this webinar ever more timely. 

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July 14, 2022

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) are holding a series of listening sessions on Drought Prediction and Water Availability to seek input on priorities and needs related to predicting water availability changes under drought conditions at national and regional scales.

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June 28, 2022

Most of the Southeast region was hot and dry for the past 30 days. Temperatures were above average and included some record highs. Precipitation was variable, but generally below average for most of the region. The heat and dryness have contributed to the intensification of drought conditions in the region including the eastern Carolinas and Georgia, with agricultural impacts being observed.

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June 27, 2022

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 will 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.

Note: A glitch in the recording appears later in the video that caused the audio and visuals to be out of sync. We apologize for this issue.

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June 2, 2022

The Drought Update and Wildfire Outlook Webinar for California and the Southwest was designed to provide stakeholders and other interested parties in the region with timely information on the current drought status and outlook and wildland fire potential outlook.

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May 24, 2022

This webinar provided a summary of winter and spring climate conditions in the Missouri Basin that have led to the current depiction of drought. It also included an outlook on what to expect this summer. Also, we discussed the current state of fire conditions in the Plains and the outlook for the summer.  

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May 11, 2022

Drought in Oklahoma began in fall 2021 and has expanded and worsened during early 2022. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows over one-third (36%) of the state in Extreme (D3) Drought and nearly a tenth (9.4%) in Exceptional (D4) Drought. During this webinar, Gary McManus, the Oklahoma State Climatologist, and Victor Murphy, from the National Weather Service, talked about current drought conditions, the long-range forecast, and the impact recent precipitation had on drought conditions across the state.

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May 10, 2022

The Southeast region experienced near-average temperatures in the last 30 days. Precipitation, in general, was variable and below average for most of the region. This dryness has contributed to the gradual intensification of drought conditions in some parts of the region, including the eastern Carolinas and southern Florida. Streamflows are near normal across most of the Southeast with the exception being coastal North Carolina and southern Virginia, where they are below normal.

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May 5, 2022

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) are holding a series of listening sessions on Drought Prediction and Water Availability to seek input on priorities and needs related to predicting water availability changes under drought conditions at national and regional scales.

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April 27, 2022

Drought in Texas has expanded and worsened during early 2022. The US Drought monitor shows 53.5% of the state in Extreme (D3) or Exceptional (D4) drought, the highest percentage since February of 2012. In this webinar John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist, and Victor Murphy, with the National Weather Service, talked about current drought conditions, the long-range forecast, and the impact recent precipitation had on drought conditions across the state.

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April 25, 2022

According to the April 19, 2022 U.S. Drought Monitor, 70.2% of the Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) is in drought, with 22.4% of the region in Extreme/Exceptional Drought (D3/D4). While water availability in some areas of Washington and Idaho has improved over the winter months, much of southern and eastern Oregon and portions of Idaho recorded their driest 3-month January-March on record.

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April 12, 2022

The Southeast region experienced near-average temperatures the last 30 days with recent spring temperature swings. Although precipitation has been hit or miss due to the springtime thunderstorms, streamflows are mostly near-to-above normal across the region. Drought conditions persist in the eastern Carolinas and southern Georgia. Anticipated rain over the next week will help improve this precipitation deficit, but this still needs to be monitored carefully as the region continues through the spring and water demand increases.

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April 5, 2022

The Southwest has experienced an on-again, off-again winter snow pattern. As we prepare for the spring snowmelt, moderate (D1) to exceptional (D4) drought persists across the region. This drought briefing focused on winter drought conditions and forecasts for spring for Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah. It also took a closer look at April 1 snowpack conditions along with a deeper dive into snow data and how this year's snowpack will translate into runoff and streamflow through spring.

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March 29, 2022

The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and the National Weather Service (NWS) hosted two webinars on soil moisture data and applications. These webinars are intended to help NWS operational forecasters and other weather & climate service providers better understand soil moisture monitoring and its practical applications.

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March 28, 2022

 

According to the March 22 U.S. Drought Monitor, 100% of California/Nevada is in drought, with 36.8% in extreme (D3) or exceptional (D4) drought. Most of the western U.S. was exceptionally dry in February, with record low total precipitation at over 200 SNOTEL sites. In California, the driest January and February in state history has led to a March 1 statewide snowpack of less than 70% of average, down from 160% at the start of the new year. With low reservoir carryover, the impacts of snow drought will reach into summer and beyond.

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March 8, 2022

The Southeast region experienced a winter that could not make up its mind! December was dry and warm, January was cooler with more precipitation, and February leaned to drier and warmer conditions. The recent dryness is concerning because, for much of the region, this is the time of the year when river flooding peaks (except for the Florida peninsula) and water recharge takes place. However, streamflows are mostly below normal, especially across the Carolinas and in some parts of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

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March 3, 2022

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) are holding a series of listening sessions on Drought Prediction and Water Availability to seek input on priorities and needs related to predicting water availability changes under drought conditions at national and regional scales.

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February 28, 2022

The Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System 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 (i.e., El Niño and La Niña).

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February 23, 2022

The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that much of the Southwest is experiencing some level of drought. Following a fairly dismal November, a wet December, and a dry January, so far February has had a few good precipitation events. How will this winter's precipitation impact the long-term drought conditions in the Southwest? This short drought briefing focused on winter drought conditions and forecasts for Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. 

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February 22, 2022

The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and the National Weather Service (NWS) are hosting two webinars on soil moisture data and applications. These webinars are intended to help NWS operational forecasters and other weather & climate service providers better understand soil moisture monitoring and its practical applications.

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February 16, 2022

Nevada’s variable climate makes drought preparedness not only important but challenging. To effectively address some of the challenges faced in the drought planning process, the Nevada Division of Water Resources is collaborating with the Desert Research Institute (DRI), the Nevada State Climate Office, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) program to facilitate three virtual workshops aimed at improving drought planning, mitigation, and communication in Nevada.

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February 9, 2022

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) webinar served as the kickoff to a series of listening sessions to seek input on priorities and needs related to predicting water availability changes under drought conditions at national and regional scales. This input will be used to guide USGS Drought Program planning and orientation, as well as to inform other national drought programs. 

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February 9, 2022

Nevada’s variable climate makes drought preparedness not only important but challenging. To effectively address some of the challenges faced in the drought planning process, the Nevada Division of Water Resources is collaborating with the Desert Research Institute (DRI), the Nevada State Climate Office, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) program to facilitate three virtual workshops aimed at improving drought planning, mitigation, and communication in Nevada.

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February 8, 2022

A more active pattern of precipitation in January and early February helped alleviate drought conditions following a dry November and December. We are still in a La Niña Advisory, and it should continue through April. The three-month outlook shows a higher probability of above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation. Streamflow levels are moving back to normal.

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February 2, 2022

This Midwest DEWS research webinar presented results from a NIDIS-funded research study that was recently published in the Journal of Hydrometeorology.

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January 27, 2022

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.

For more information, please contact Joel Lisonbee (joel.lisonbee@noaa.gov).

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January 24, 2022

According to the January 25 U.S. Drought Monitor, 99.6% of California/Nevada is in drought, with 9.8% in extreme (D3) or exceptional (D4) drought. The area in D3/D4 is down from 69.9% just one month ago, reflecting the barrage of storms that brought rain and snow to the region in December. These storms have improved conditions but not ended the drought. The current drought developed over many months to years and left huge water deficits.

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January 11, 2022

December was warm with several temperature records broken across the Southeast region. Recent precipitation events have improved streamflows and reduced some of the drought severity across the region. A cold outbreak later this month could freeze some areas, but should not reach too far into Florida. This month’s topical presentation discussed hourly precipitation trends in the Southeast.

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December 14, 2021

Following an active tropical season and wet summer, the Southeast region is becoming drier. A below-normal amount of precipitation for this time of year is leading to lower streamflows and drought conditions, especially in the Carolinas and parts of Virginia. The current La Niña is expected to continue through the winter, with drier and warmer than normal conditions predicted for much of the region.

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December 13, 2021

The Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System 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 (i.e., El Niño and La Niña).

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December 13, 2021

The most recent United States Drought Monitor indicates that all of the Southwest is experiencing some level of drought, but early fall precipitation has improved conditions. This short drought briefing focused on winter drought conditions and forecasts for Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. This was followed by a presentation on landscape water conservation during drought.

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December 2, 2021

This webinar provided a current overview of drought conditions in the Northern Great Plains, as well as an outlook on what to expect this winter and going into the spring. Also, we discussed the Mesonet station program run by South Dakota State University and opportunities to gather the best available data on tribal lands. 

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November 23, 2021

The most recent United States Drought Monitor indicates that nearly all of the Southwest is experiencing some level of drought, but summer and early fall precipitation has improved conditions. This short drought briefing focused on winter drought conditions and forecasts for Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada. This month's presentation was by Dr. Erin Saffell, from Arizona State University and the Arizona State Climatologist. 

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November 22, 2021

According to the November 16 U.S. Drought Monitor, 100% of California/Nevada is in drought, with 70.6% in Extreme (D3) or Exceptional (D4) Drought. An exceptional atmospheric river (AR5) brought rain, snow, and wind to Northern California and Nevada in late October. This AR and recent storms improved drought conditions but have not come close to ending the drought for the region. The current drought developed over many months to years, leaving soils parched.

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October 26, 2021

The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that nearly all of the Southwest is experiencing some level of drought, but summer and fall precipitation has improved conditions. This short drought briefing focused on autumn drought conditions and forecasts for Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada. This was followed by some case studies on effective management practices.

For more information, please contact Joel Lisonbee (joel.lisonbee@noaa.gov).

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October 25, 2021

The Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System (PNW DEWS) 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 (i.e., El Niño and La Niña).

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September 30, 2021

This webinar, which is the fourth in a series focused on the drought in the Northern Plains, highlighted long-term drought monitoring for tribal resource departments by showcasing the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska and their data collecting and preparation efforts for drought in the region.

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September 27, 2021

According to the September 9 U.S. Drought Monitor, 100% of California and Nevada are in drought, with 79.6% in Extreme (D3) or Exceptional (D4) Drought. Continued drying has enhanced wildfire risk throughout the region, reflected in several continuing very large wildfires in northern California. Further, forecasts increasingly reflect the potential for La Niña development in the fall and into the winter.

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September 16, 2021

The most recent United States Drought Monitor indicates that nearly all of the Southwest is experiencing some level of drought. Recent monsoonal rain has improved drought conditions, but extreme and exceptional drought persists for much of the region. This short drought briefing focused on drought conditions for Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada, followed by the seasonal climate outlooks and an overview of forecast products from the Climate Prediction Center.

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September 14, 2021

This was the second of two webinars to share project findings on drought indices and indicators that support the monitoring and management of different drought types in the northeast United States. The webinar included an overview of several drought monitoring tools and data sources developed by the project team, including:

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September 7, 2021

This webinar shared project findings on drought indices and indicators that support the monitoring and management of different drought types in the northeast United States. The objective of this two-year project was to identify the most effective drought indicators for hydrologic and agricultural drought monitoring in the NIDIS Northeast Drought Early Warning System (DEWS). This includes identifying appropriate time scales related to long-term and short-term drought, and identifying responsive indicators of flash drought development.

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August 24, 2021

The most recent United States Drought Monitor indicates that nearly all of the Southwest is experiencing some level of drought, but recent monsoonal rain is improving drought conditions. This drought briefing focused on how the monsoon is impacting drought conditions and provided a general update of current drought conditions and forecasts for Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada.

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August 23, 2021

The Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System (PNW DEWS) 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 (i.e., El Niño and La Niña).

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August 5, 2021

This is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) webinar briefing that covers the region from the Rockies to the Great Lakes. Due to the recent dry and hot conditions across the North Central U.S., we will be holding a special webinar on August 5 at 10 a.m. CDT to discuss conditions, impacts, and outlooks through the end of the summer. This is in addition to the regular monthly series, which is scheduled for August 19 at 1 p.m. CDT.

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July 27, 2021

Drought in the Northern Plains continues to worsen, and widespread impacts are being felt, including impacts on tribal lands in the region. In order to provide up-to-date information on the drought and its impacts, and associated resources for tribal nations, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Geological Survey, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have partnered to host a drought webinar series this summer specifically for the tribal nations in the Northern Plains.

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July 20, 2021

The 2021 Western Drought Webinar assembled stakeholders, decision makers, and drought experts for an informational webinar on drought conditions and response efforts in the Western United States.

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July 15, 2021

This competition will focus on the implementation of actions—together with research on those actions—to build tribal drought resilience contained in existing plans and strategies. Plans may include, but are not limited to, drought contingency plans; drought, water, or natural resource plans; agricultural resource management plans; or climate adaptation plans.

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July 14, 2021

The FY22 Coping with Drought: Ecological Drought competition will focus on research to improve our understanding, early warning, and management of drought risk in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems to inform more deliberate and expanded decision-making that supports sustainable, healthy, and resilient ecosystems.

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June 28, 2021

According to the June 22, 2021 U.S. Drought Monitor, 79.8% of the Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) is in drought. Washington, Oregon, and Idaho all experienced their second driest March–May period on record (since 1895), and drought conditions have continued to expand throughout the region, which could contribute to increased wildfire potential. Summer is here and record-shattering heat along with it.

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June 23, 2021

Drought in the Northern Plains continues to worsen, and widespread impacts are being felt, including impacts on tribal lands in the region. In order to provide up-to-date information on the drought and its impacts, and associated resources for tribal nations, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Geological Survey, and U.S.

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June 22, 2021 - September 29, 2021

Droughts are often categorized as ‘flash’ droughts when they develop or intensify in a matter of weeks (though defining flash droughts continues to be an area of active debate). The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and the National Weather Service (NWS) held a series of three webinars to help climate professionals and operational service providers better understand this phenomenon, its defining characteristics and how it varies by region and season, its impacts on agricultural and other stakeholders, and the potential for improved monitoring, prediction, and planning/r

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June 21, 2021

The most recent United States Drought Monitor indicates that all of the Southwest is experiencing some level of drought, and forecasts indicate these conditions are expected to continue through summer. In this short drought briefing, Jon Meyer from the Utah Climate Center provides an update of current drought conditions and forecasts for Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Nevada.

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May 26, 2021

Drought in the Northern Plains continues to worsen, and widespread impacts are being felt, including impacts on tribal lands in the region. In order to provide up-to-date information on the drought and its impacts, and associated resources for tribal nations, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Geological Survey, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have partnered to host a drought webinar series this summer specifically for the tribal nations in the Northern Plains.

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May 24, 2021

The Drought Update and Wildfire Outlook Webinar for California and the Southwest was designed to provide stakeholders and other interested parties in the region with timely information on the current drought status and outlook and wildland fire potential outlook.

This was a special joint region webinar, combining the California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar Series and Southwest Drought Briefings, which are produced by the Intermountain West Drought Early Warning System and the USDA Southwest Climate Hub.

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May 6, 2021

 

Parts of southern Texas are experiencing Exceptional Drought (D4). This webinar focused on agricultural producers in southern Texas and provided information about current conditions and look at expected conditions for the weeks and months ahead.

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April 26, 2021

According to the April 20, 2021 U.S. Drought Monitor, 56.6% of the Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) is in Moderate Drought (D1). Additionally, a pocket of Exceptional Drought (D4) was added to Oregon, the first time that state has had D4 since 2015. Snow conditions this winter have been good in Washington and northern Oregon, and average to below average throughout the rest of the Pacific Northwest. What's the outlook for the rest of spring into summer?

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April 16, 2021

The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that all of the Southwest is experiencing some level of drought, and forecasts indicate these conditions are expected to continue through spring. In this short drought briefing, Arizona State Climatologist, Nancy Selover, provided an update of current drought conditions and forecasts for Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada. Dannele Peck, from the Northern Plains Climate Hub, then presented the latest grassland productivity forecast for the Southwest using the Grass-Cast tool.

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March 22, 2021

According to the March 16 U.S. Drought Monitor, 90.6% of California and 100% of Nevada are in drought. The winter wet season is almost over, and there's little chance for snowpack to reach normal levels. Worse, this is the second year in a row with below-normal snowpack. This webinar discussed current conditions and outlooks, as well as an overview of California and Nevada rangeland conditions.

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February 22, 2021

The Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System (PNW DEWS) 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 (i.e., El Niño and La Niña).

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February 19, 2021

Nearly 50% of the Southwestern United States is currently experiencing the most severe drought classification (D4) conditions. The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor indicated that all of the Southwest was experiencing drought, and drought is expected to continue throughout the winter and into spring. This webinar will provide an update of current drought conditions and forecasts for Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada, followed by a demonstration of the new Drought.gov website.

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February 9, 2021

These webinars provide the region's stakeholders and interested parties with timely information on current and developing climate conditions, such as drought, floods, and tropical storms, as well as climatic events like El Niño and La Niña. Speakers may also discuss the impacts of these conditions on topics such as wildfires, agriculture production, disruption to water supply, and ecosystems. The February 9 webinar also featured a presentation on 2020 in review.

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January 26, 2021

 

This webinar provides updated information on the climate, water, and drought status of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin. This drought assessment webinar is brought to you by the Auburn University Water Resources Center and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS).

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January 25, 2021

According to the January 19 U.S. Drought Monitor, 95% of California and 99.7% of Nevada are in drought. We're at a crossroads where remaining winter snowfall is going to be crucial for the region. Unfortunately, much of the Sierra Nevada is currently below normal for snow water equivalent. This webinar will provide an overview of the current conditions and outlook for the rest of winter as well as an overview of the new Drought.gov website.

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January 22, 2021

Nearly 40% of the Southwestern United States is currently experiencing the most severe drought classification (D4) conditions. On January 12, the U.S. Drought Monitor indicated that all of the Southwest was experiencing drought and drought is expected to continue throughout the winter and into spring.

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January 12, 2021

The Southeast Climate Monthly Webinar series is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am ET. This series is hosted by the Southeast Regional Climate Center, the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and the NOAA National Weather Service. These webinars provide the region with timely information on current and developing climate conditions such as drought, floods and tropical storms, as well as climatic events like El Niño and La Niña.

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June 25, 2020 - September 24, 2020

These monthly webinar presentations provided information on current and upcoming weather and climate conditions in New Mexico, with a highlight on conditions on tribal lands. Agricultural producers and land managers were encouraged to attend.

The webinars took place on June 25, July 23, August 27, and September 24, 2020. You can view recordings of all webinars on the NIDIS YouTube channel:

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May 27, 2020

As the Colorado River Basin experienced 2020’s “sneaky drought” amid a long-term pattern that looks increasingly like one of the region’s millennial “megadroughts” that last decades, water managers have worked on ways to adapt. Where have we seen success, and which communities are vulnerable as climate change continues to eat away a river on which 40 million people depend?

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May 13, 2020

Severe and persistent 21st-century drought in southwestern North America motivates comparisons to medieval megadroughts and questions about the role of anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change. This webinar is based on research that used hydrological modeling and new 1,200-year tree-ring reconstructions of summer soil moisture to demonstrate that the 2000–2018 southwestern North American drought was the second driest 19-year period since 800 CE, exceeded only by a late-1500s megadrought.