Monday, December 22, 2014

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Special California Drought Update through Dec. 16 from USDA

Dec 18, 2014
Since Thanksgiving, several systems have brought significant precipitation across California. In valley locations, rain has boosted topsoil moisture, benefited winter grains, and helped to revive rangeland and pastures. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor, issued Dec. 18, indicates that there was a substantial reduction in D4 (exceptional drought) coverage in northern and central California. Statewide, D4 coverage fell from 55 to 32 percent -- the smallest area in exceptional drought since early June 2014. However, overall drought (D1 to D4) coverage declined only slightly in California, from 99.7 to 98.4 percent. In other words, nearly all of the state remains in drought, although the drought intensity has decreased by one category in parts of northern and central California.
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Global Drought Information System Workshop identifies next steps

Dec 17, 2014
The International Global Drought Information System (GDIS) Workshop: Next Steps, Dec. 11-13, was held to review the physical mechanisms and predictability of drought world-wide, review and discuss regional capabilities and needs versus global capabilities, and develop pilot projects as part of a limited duration, real-time demonstration of current GDIS capabilities. Experts from the National Drought Mitigation Center helped organize and participated in the workshop.
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USDA’s Dec. 2 Crops in Drought analysis: 37% of winter wheat and 28% of cattle in drought-affected area

Dec 4, 2014
During the five-week period ending on Dec. 2, 2014, contiguous U.S. drought coverage decreased to 29.13 percent. In mid-October, U.S. drought coverage fell below 30 percent for the first time since December 2011. According to the latest “agriculture in drought” statistics, based on the Dec. 2 Drought Monitor, 18 percent of the domestic hay acreage and 28 percent of the U.S. cattle inventory were located in a drought-affected area. On Dec. 2, more than one-third (37 percent) of the nation’s winter wheat production area—mainly across the southern Plains and the interior Northwest—was located within a drought-affected region.
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November overview: Water supply impacts add up as drought persists

Dec 4, 2014

The National Drought Mitigation Center’s November 2014 Drought and Impact Summary is now available. The drought that is entrenched over California and surroundings states remained nearly unchanged in November, with only modest improvements in the Northwest. Drought centered in northern Texas and western Oklahoma eased slightly. Although the growing season is over in most of the United States, impacts related to water supply continued to mount, particularly in California, where three consecutive dry years were prompting changes in land and water use.

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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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