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2014 Community Capitals Framework Institute to include focus on water and drought

Jul 23, 2014

This year’s Community Capitals Framework Institute, Nov. 5-7 in Lincoln, Nebraska, will focus on issues related to water management, drought planning, evaluation, and rural and community development. Registration is open, and the organizers are now accepting abstracts from people who would like to present their experiences for discussion.

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June 2014 Drought & Impact Summary

Jul 10, 2014

June saw drought continue to recede in the Plains, with slight intensification in the West. Ongoing drought is increasing fire risk, stressing wildlife, and increasing scrutiny of water use in California.  Read more in the June 2014 Drought and Impact Summary from the National Drought Mitigation Center.



Analysis of drought’s effects on agriculture in June 2014

Jul 3, 2014
During the four-week period ending on July 1, 2014, contiguous U.S. drought coverage declined 3.31 percentage points to 34.01. Coverage reached its year-to-date peak of 40.06% on May 6, but subsequent rainfall across portions of the nation’s mid-section has reduced drought’s imprint.
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Despite improvement, drought taking a toll

Jun 5, 2014

Four-week analysis by Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist: 
During the four-week period ending on June 3, 2014, contiguous U.S. drought coverage declined 2.74 percentage points to 37.32%.  Coverage reached its year-to-date peak of 40.06% on May 6, but subsequent rainfall across portions of the nation’s mid-section has slightly reduced drought’s imprint. Nevertheless, drought still covers a substantial portion of the central and southern Plains and the western U.S.  On June 3, the highest level of drought—D4, or exceptional drought—was noted in portions of California (25%), Oklahoma (21%), Texas (9%), Nevada (8%), Kansas (2%), and Colorado (2%).  California also led the nation with 77% coverage of extreme to exceptional drought (D3 to D4).

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"New Dust Bowl" or "Terrible Teens" drought taking a toll

May 5, 2014

"In April, devastatingly dry, dusty, windy conditions on the southern Great Plains fueled concerns of a 'New Dust Bowl.'  The 'Terrible Teens' drought, which for many parts of the southern Great Plains began in the fall of 2010 and has lasted for more than 3½ years, continued to take a severe toll." -- Brad Rippey, USDA Office of the Chief Economist

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