Thursday, May 05, 2016

National Drought Mitigation Center

National Drought Mitigation Center

NDMC News Archive

U.S. Crops in Drought, April: Winter wheat, rangeland and pastures in good shape

May 5, 2016
During the four-week period ending on May 3, 2016, contiguous U.S. drought coverage decreased to 14.56 percent—down 2.15 percentage points. Since reaching a 5½-year minimum of 12.41 percent on March 15, drought coverage rose to a spring maximum of 17.75 percent of the Lower 48 states on April 12 before falling back to the current coverage of 14.56 percent. With the year’s first USDA condition rating on May 1, U.S. rangeland and pastures started 2016 in the fifth-best condition during the 22-year period of record—rated as 58 percent good to excellent and just 10 percent very poor to poor. Conditions were better to start the year in 1995, 1998, 1999, and 2010. All but 1999 featured El Niño in progress as the year began.
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USDA: Cattle, winter wheat affected by March drought expansion in S. Plains

Apr 8, 2016

During the five-week period ending on April 5, 2016, contiguous U.S. drought coverage increased to 16.71 percent—up 2.41 percentage points.  Since reaching a five-and-a-half-year minimum of 12.41 percent on March 15, drought coverage has increased 4.30 percentage points.  Most of the increase has been driven by the development of short-term drought across the central and southern Plains and the Southwest, while further erosion of drought has occurred in northern California and the Northwest.

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March 2016 Drought and Impact Summary: Drought stretches into fifth year in parts of West

Apr 7, 2016

In parts of the western U.S., drought has stretched into its fifth year. Northern California has seen some easing of drought conditions and water restrictions, but the southern part of the state remains dry and continues to face water supply issues. Read the March Drought and Impact Summary.

 




Nebraska’s Lower Platte South Natural Resources District recognized for drought tournament

Apr 1, 2016
Nebraska’s Lower Platte South Natural Resources District jump-started drought planning with an innovative drought tournament in February 2015, and that effort won a Public Outreach Award from the Nebraska Chapter of the American Planning Association at its annual meeting in March 2016. Kudos also to JEO, the firm that organized the tournament.
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Kenyan agency leader dedicated to preventing drought-related deaths

Mar 31, 2016
The Honorable Agnes Ndetei, a Kenyan politician working to reduce the effects of drought, came to the U.S. National Drought Mitigation Center for a week in March to learn about state-of-the-art drought monitoring, and to share her experiences. Ndetei is chair of the board of Kenya’s National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), established in 2011. “Our mandate is to keep drought from turning into an emergency,” Ndetei said. “We are providing safety nets for the people so they don’t die.
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