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Spring 2014 DroughtScape

Apr 23, 2014

The Spring 2014 edition of DroughtScape, now ready for you online, includes:

  • Drought climate and impact summaries
  • Spotlights on NDMC projects:
    • The newly-released Drought Risk Atlas, with data for 3,059 U.S. climate stations
    • A NASA-funded project to improve drought and flood prediction in the Greater Horn of Africa
    • Social and climate science contributions to Useful to Usable agricultural decision-making tools

... and more!



U.S. drought intensified slightly in March

Apr 3, 2014

Drought coverage in the 48 contiguous states increased 2.52 percentage points to 38.37 in the four weeks that ended April 1. Drought coverage is at its highest point since Oct. 8, 2013, and up 7.42 percentage points from the beginning of the year, said Brad Rippey, meteorologist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Chief Economist.

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Drought Risk Atlas analyzes drought history for your local climate station

Mar 25, 2014
The National Drought Mitigation Center on March 21 unveiled a new online Drought Risk Atlas that provides analysis of data on drought frequency and severity for more than 3,000 spots across the country with records going back at least 40 and in some cases more than 100 years.
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Drought Center climatologist Tadesse leading $1.6 million NASA project to predict drought and flood in Africa

Mar 13, 2014
Tadesse

Tsegaye Tadesse, climatologist and remote sensing expert at UNL’s National Drought Mitigation Center, is leading a three-year, $1.6 million, multi-institution NASA-funded project to help predict drought and flood in the Greater Horn of Africa.

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Storms ease Western drought but much more precipitation needed

Mar 6, 2014

Drought eased in some areas but encroached into others in the four weeks ending March 4, resulting in a slight overall reduction, to 35.85 percent of the 48 contiguous states, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. “A blockbuster storm struck California as the calendar turned from February to March, averting a record-breaking season for dryness,” said Brad Rippey, a meteorologist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Chief Economist.

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