Sunday, November 29, 2015

National Drought Mitigation Center


NDMC has much to celebrate

Nov 13, 2015
The National Drought Mitigation Center will celebrate its 20th anniversary from 5-7 p.m., Dec. 8 at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at 33rd and Holdrege streets. RSVPs are requested by Dec. 4 at
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Oct. Drought & Impact Summary: Rains end southern drought; CA & West contending with long-term impacts

Nov 6, 2015
The NDMC's October 2015 Drought and Impact Summary says drought is mostly unchanged over the western United States, with four years of drought leading to serious ongoing impacts in California. Residents and municipalities continued to cope with state-mandated conservation. Agricultural land was fallowed at twice the usual rate, the state asked the feds for help dealing with dead and dying trees, and salmon faced starkly diminished odds of survival and reproduction. On the upside, monarch butterflies were thriving on drought-tolerant milkweed. The flash drought that emerged in late summer in East Texas and the Lower Mississippi Valley led to increased fire risk. Flooding rains at the end of October greatly eased drought in that region. Read the full report.

Two-week US Drought Monitor change was big but not biggest

Nov 5, 2015

Given the massive, two-week improvements across the South from Oct. 20 to Nov. 3, 2015, U.S. Drought Monitor author Brad Rippey looked at the change in the proportion of D1-D4, D2-D4, and D3-D4 for all two-week time periods. He found that the recent two-week interval didn’t set any all-time records, but broke into the top five in all three categories. Wet spells in autumn 2000, 2007, and 2013 kept the recent improvements just off the top of the charts.
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USDA’s Crops in Drought Analysis as of Nov. 3: Heavy rains consistent with El Niño shrank drought rapidly from TX to AL

Nov 5, 2015
During the five-week period ending on Nov. 3, 2015, contiguous U.S. drought coverage fell sharply to 26.17 percent—a decrease of 5.19 percentage points. The drop is even more impressive when considering that U.S. drought coverage had increased to 34.78 percent by Oct. 20, at which time heavy rain began to fall across the South. As a result, U.S. drought coverage—on the strength of Southern drought eradication—fell from 34.78 to 26.17 percent, or 8.61 percentage points—between Oct. 20 and Nov. 3.
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DroughtScape Fall 2015 highlights events, ideas and people contributing to drought management

Oct 30, 2015

The Fall 2015 edition of DroughtScape, the quarterly e-newsletter of the National Drought Mitigation Center, is ready, with stories:

  • Summarizing drought and climate for July-September
  • Summarizing drought impacts for July-September
  • Introducing NDMC post docs and visitors
  • Inviting you to NDMC’s 20th anniversary celebration
  • Publicizing a job opportunity
  • Reviewing a multi-hazard tournament
  • Highlighting how healthy soils protect against drought
  • Congratulating the Useful to Usable team
  • Getting the word out about a new guide to help utilities implement cost-benefit analysis in drought management
  • On assessing rural Nebraskans’ readiness to address climate change
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