Ranchers encouraged to become spotters for U.S. Drought Monitor
Nov 13, 2014
Farmers and ranchers attending a drought workshop at UC Davis learned that their participation is key to making sure data displayed on U.S. Drought Monitor maps is accurate.
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October 2014 Drought and Impact Summary now out
Nov 5, 2014
October brought slight net improvement to drought in the U.S., but no change in California, which is in the grips of a long-term drought. Drought intensified slightly in parts of Texas and Oklahoma. Water supply issues for domestic consumption, agriculture and wildlife remained at the forefront in California, Texas and other parts of the West that are in drought.
The Fall 2014 edition of DroughtScape is out
Oct 31, 2014
The Fall 2014 edition of DroughtScape is out, with stories on:
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. 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
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
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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.