January 2015 Drought and Impact Summary
Feb 10, 2015
Drought changed little in January 2015, remaining entrenched over the West Coast and southern Plains, with lesser intensities of drought across parts of the Southwest and Pacific Northwest. Smaller patches of drought were emerging in and around northeast Arkansas and in the Dakotas and Minnesota. Total drought coverage was comparatively low, less than 30 percent of the contiguous 48 states. Impacts continued to mount in California and Texas, where years of drought have left reservoirs depleted. Read the full January 2015 Drought and Impact Summary.
Read DroughtScape, Winter 2015
Feb 10, 2015
The Winter 2015 edition of DroughtScape is out, with stories on:
- Drought in the fourth quarter and in 2014
- Impacts and responses in California, Texas and other states currently affected by drought
- A workshop for ranchers held in November at UC Davis
- A collaboratively compiled assessment of drought in 2012 in the central U.S.
- Drought monitoring and planning in Caribbean nations
- NASA’s new soil moisture monitoring mission
- Progress on a Global Drought Information System
- The Community Capitals Framework Institute, held in November, and next steps
- Evaluation and assessment of NIDIS Regional Drought Early Warning Systems efforts
- International research correlating indicators and impacts
- And you can now follow us on YouTube!
Drought lingers in West and southern Plains but major precipitation headed for Northern California
Feb 5, 2015
January featured very warm weather in the West, dramatic temperature fluctuations on the Great Plains, and cold conditions in the Northeast. California experienced not only warm weather, but also had near-record January dryness, following a wet December. Dramatic change is on the way for northern California, which has been mostly dry for the last six weeks. During the next five days, a barrage of Pacific storms will result in heavy precipitation and possible flooding in the Pacific Northwest, the northern Rockies, and northern California. However, warmth accompanying the storminess will continue to limit snowfall in key watershed areas, including the Cascades and Sierra Nevada. In northern California, where five-day totals could reach 4 to 12 inches (with isolated amounts near 18 inches), the bulk of the precipitation will fall in two major surges on Feb. 6-7 and 8-9.
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