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USDA Analysis: Drought expands in NW, SE in June; LA has driest 4 years on record

Jul 2, 2015
During the four-week period ending on June 30, 2015, contiguous U.S. drought coverage increased slightly to 25.88 percent — an increase of 1.31 percentage points. California’s drought situation remained unchanged, with 99 percent of the state in drought (D1 to D4) and 47 percent in exceptional drought (D4). Downtown Los Angeles completed its driest 4-year period on record, with 29.14 inches of rain (49 percent of normal) falling from July 1, 2011-June 30, 2015. A large number of Northwestern locations, including Salem and Eugene, Oregon, experienced their hottest June on record.
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NOAA’s new drought center builds on National Drought Mitigation Center

Jun 25, 2015
A top federal official announced plans on June 24 for the establishment of a new Drought Risk Management Research Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The new center will help state and local government be better prepared to respond to drought, said retired Coast Guard Vice Admiral Manson Brown, who is assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction and the deputy administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. Brown made the announcement Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Western Governors’ Association in Nevada, where coping with the ongoing multi-year drought in western states topped the agenda. The DRMRC will be established at the National Drought Mitigation Center at UNL. It builds upon the NDMC’s 20 years of working with decision-makers to implement drought monitoring and planning. It also will enhance the capabilities of the National Integrated Drought Information System to work directly with states to plan for drought. NIDIS, which integrates federal drought monitoring and preparedness resources from many agencies, is led by NOAA.

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May 2015 Drought & Impact Summary: Rains submerge parts of Southern Great Plains; drought entrenched in Western U.S.

Jun 9, 2015

The National Drought Mitigation Center’s May 2015 Drought and Impact Summary is online. Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado each had their wettest May on record this year, resulting in one of the fastest ends to long-term drought in the history of the U.S. Drought Monitor. The resulting flooding was severe. The Upper Midwest saw improvement, too. Elsewhere, drought crept into the Northeast, and remained firmly entrenched in the West. California farmers and other water users were forced to new extremes in coping with the ongoing drought. Read the full report.

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Lincoln, NE 68583–0988

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