Friday, October 31, 2014

National Drought Mitigation Center

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Nov. 7 workshop at UC Davis to look at US Drought Monitor and California ranching

Learn about the U.S. Drought Monitor, what it means for ranchers in California, and how local experience and information can inform drought-mapping. A workshop and webinar on Friday, Nov. 7 at the University of California-Davis will answer these questions and also provide information about drought impacts on ranchers, and feeding strategies to help cope with drought. The NDMC’s Brian Fuchs will describe how information gets into the U.S. Drought Monitor process. For more information or to register, please visit the workshop page or contact Tracy Schohr at or (916)716-2643.

Nov. 4 webinar: Do extreme events cause a shift in climate change beliefs?

Tune in at noon Eastern time on Nov. 4 to learn about the results of a study on the 2012 Midwestern U.S. drought and agriculture, presented by Dr. Stuart Carlton, Texas Sea Grant/Texas A&M University at Galveston, brought to you by our collaborators, Useful to Useable. Learn more:


The Fall 2014 edition of DroughtScape is out

Oct 31, 2014



The Fall 2014 edition of DroughtScape is out, with stories on:

  • U.S. drought, July-September
  • Drought impact summary, July-September
  • Upcoming events:
    • Nov. 4 webinar: Do extreme events cause a shift in climate change beliefs?
    • Nov. 5-7 workshop in Lincoln, Nebraska: Community Capitals Framework Institute
    • Nov. 7, UC Davis workshop and webinar: Ranching and California’s Drought
    • Jan. 15-March 19, Lincoln, Nebraska: Climate Masters
  • Brazil’s drought monitoring and planning
  • Greater Horn of Africa workshop on user needs for drought and flood prediction
  • NDMC visiting scholar Haileselassie G. Weldemariam
  • Ranching workshops coming up for South Plains
  • Ranching workshops completed in South Dakota
  • Wind River Reservation tribes begin drought monitoring and planning
  • Inter Tribal Buffalo Council begins planning for drought
The photo at the top of the page, by Don DeBold shows Sandy Wool Lake, near San Jose, California, on Aug. 31, 2014. The area is currently in exceptional drought. Reprinted under CC BY 2.0.

U.S. Crops in Drought through Oct. 28: more than a third of winter wheat in drought

Oct 30, 2014
Analysis by Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist, finds more than a third of the nation's winter wheat is in a drought-affected region. Cattle are affected, too, particularly in California and other Western states.
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US Crop Production report shows drought's effect on CA ag

Oct 16, 2014

Analysis of the U.S. Crop Production report released Oct. 10 confirms that ongoing drought in California is reducing agricultural production, said Brad Rippey, a meteorologist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Chief Economist. “Although this list is far from complete, and does not include many specialty crops, it’s obvious that the drought is having an effect on agricultural output mainly due to lower planted and harvested acreage,” he said.

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