Saturday, August 01, 2015

National Drought Mitigation Center


Caribbean region a leader in drought early warning

Jul 28, 2015
The Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology serves 16 island nations and is a leader in drought monitoring and early warning systems. On a recent visit to the National Drought Mitigation Center, CIMH meteorologists observed a U.S. Drought Monitor author in action. Parts of the Caribbean are currently in serious drought.
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Wind River Reservation Tribes work with research coalition to enhance drought and climate resilience

Jul 24, 2015
The Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming are preparing for drought and other climate fluctuations with help from a broad coalition of scientists, including groups at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Tribes have worked with climate and social scientists in the past year to prepare regular climate and drought summaries for use in making water and resource decisions on the reservation and in surrounding areas. A new phase of work is beginning this summer, led by the NDMC. This stage will help the Tribes conduct a vulnerability assessment, to see how they can reduce the likelihood of experiencing future drought-related impacts. Both the current and future generations of tribal decision-makers will be involved, finding ways to integrate scientific and traditional knowledge. The ultimate goal is that this information will be used to inform the development of a reservation-wide drought plan.

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Drought and impacts expanded and intensified along the West Coast in June

Jul 16, 2015

Drought expanded and intensified slightly in June, notably in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. In California, even some senior water rights holders faced curtailment, with agricultural producers and water suppliers all facing pressure to get by with less. Fire danger was elevated in California and the Northwest.  Read the full Drought and Impact Summary for June 2015.

USDA Analysis: Drought expands in NW, SE in June; LA has driest 4 years on record

Jul 2, 2015
During the four-week period ending on June 30, 2015, contiguous U.S. drought coverage increased slightly to 25.88 percent — an increase of 1.31 percentage points. California’s drought situation remained unchanged, with 99 percent of the state in drought (D1 to D4) and 47 percent in exceptional drought (D4). Downtown Los Angeles completed its driest 4-year period on record, with 29.14 inches of rain (49 percent of normal) falling from July 1, 2011-June 30, 2015. A large number of Northwestern locations, including Salem and Eugene, Oregon, experienced their hottest June on record.
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NOAA’s new drought center builds on National Drought Mitigation Center

Jun 25, 2015
A top federal official announced plans on June 24 for the establishment of a new Drought Risk Management Research Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The new center will help state and local government be better prepared to respond to drought, said retired Coast Guard Vice Admiral Manson Brown, who is assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction and the deputy administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. Brown made the announcement Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Western Governors’ Association in Nevada, where coping with the ongoing multi-year drought in western states topped the agenda. The DRMRC will be established at the National Drought Mitigation Center at UNL. It builds upon the NDMC’s 20 years of working with decision-makers to implement drought monitoring and planning. It also will enhance the capabilities of the National Integrated Drought Information System to work directly with states to plan for drought. NIDIS, which integrates federal drought monitoring and preparedness resources from many agencies, is led by NOAA.

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