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US drought coverage down to least amount in 5+ years

Feb 4, 2016
During the four-week period ending Feb. 2, 2016, contiguous U.S. drought coverage fell to 15.48 percent—a decrease of 2.91 percentage points. This also represents the smallest areal coverage of U.S. drought in more than five years, since Oct. 26, 2010. Perhaps not coincidentally, the U.S. drought minimum of 2010 occurred in the wake of the most recently completed El Niño, which lasted from the summer of 2009 to the spring of 2010.
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Experts point to humans’ role in drought

Feb 2, 2016


Droughts aren’t just a natural phenomenon. Humans’ land and water use patterns affect how dry spells play out, according to an article by an international group of experts released Feb. 2, 2016, in Nature Geoscience. “This is important because how we understand the problem drives what we do about it,” said Mark Svoboda, co-founder and one of the original U.S. Drought Monitor authors, leader of the NDMC's Monitoring program area, and a coauthor of the article.  “We produce drought monitoring maps, but that’s the easy part. The harder question is, now that you know how dry it is, what are you going to do about it?”

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DroughtScape, Winter 2016: climate, impacts, mitigation and more

Jan 29, 2016

The latest edition of DroughtScape is out. Several articles of the articles deal with aspects of California’s long-term drought:

  • California drought FAQ: Is it over yet?
  • The social vulnerability of farmworkers in California to drought
  • Drought impacts recap, for the fourth quarter and for the year
  • Drought climate recap for the fourth quarter

And, in case you didn’t make it to the workshops, we’ve got features on:

  • Workshops to help ranchers and foresters at the Tonto National Forest improve drought planning for public lands
  • Ranch planning resources for the southern Plains, including workshops that wrapped up in Chickasaw, Oklahoma

And -- Help Wanted: Geospatial analyst

Read DroughtScape, Winter 2016

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