Friday, August 28, 2015

National Drought Mitigation Center

National Drought Mitigation Center

NDMC News Archive

Atlas details Corn Belt farmers’ beliefs and practices

Aug 20, 2015
A new atlas maps the behaviors and beliefs of farmers in the U.S. Corn Belt, based on survey research conducted through the Useful to Usable project led by Purdue University, and published in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Sustainable Corn.org. Contributors include researchers at UNL’s National Drought Mitigation Center, Tonya Haigh and Cody Knutson.
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July 2015 Drought & Impact Summary

Aug 7, 2015
In July 2015, West Coast urban and agricultural water users were cutting back from Washington to California, with drought entrenched and expanding. Lack of water in the environment was affecting wildlife habitat and contributing to a more intense fire season. Officials were finding new ways to help unemployed California farm workers. The Southeast was beginning to see some drought, with early alerts going out in the Carolinas. For more detail on climate and impacts, please see the full monthly summary.


U.S. Crops in Drought through Aug. 4: Drought developing in parts of the South

Aug 6, 2015

During the five-week period ending on Aug. 4, 2015, contiguous U.S. drought coverage increased slightly to 27.13 percent—an increase of 1.25 percentage points. The Plains, Midwest, and Northeast remain largely free of drought, but hot, dry conditions have resulted in drought development in parts of the South. Portions of eastern Texas, which experienced the worst flooding in at least 25 years in late May and early June, received little or no rain during July and have witnessed “flash drought” conditions that have increased stress on pastures and shallow-rooted crops. In addition, significant drought continues in most areas west of the Rockies.

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Summer 2015 DroughtScape highlights recent developments in drought preparedness

Aug 3, 2015

The summer edition of DroughtScape is out. Read:

• Drought & impact summaries for the second quarter of 2015.

• The Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology is on the cutting edge of drought monitoring and early warning.

• The Wind River Indian Reservation is implementing drought monitoring and moving toward drought planning.

• A collaborative effort by ranchers, the U.S. Forest Service and the University of Arizona is helping devise management approaches that will improve drought resilience for livestock managers whose herds graze in the Tonto National Forest.

• Western drought coordinators met in Seattle July 21-22 to exchange ideas, information and experiences.



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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