Thursday, September 18, 2014

National Drought Mitigation Center

NDMC News Archive

August 2014 Drought and Impact Summary: Drought on West Coast & in Texas leading to water supply concerns

Sep 9, 2014
The National Drought Mitigation Center’s August 2014 Drought and Impact Summary is now available. Drought eased in the Plains and Southwest in August, but it persisted in California and along the West Coast. Prolonged drought on the West Coast and in northern Texas led to many concerns about water supplies.


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Population in Drought data now available

Sep 4, 2014

New population figures added to the U.S. Drought Monitor website show that for this week, more than 73 million people in the United States are in a drought-affected area, with more than half of the total – 37 million – in California. Population figures are a new, permanent addition to the U.S. Drought Monitor site, in response to popular demand.

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US drought coverage down in August, but holding on in CA

Sep 4, 2014

During the four-week period ending on Sept. 2, 2014, contiguous U.S. drought coverage decreased slightly to 32.78 percent -- a 1.16 percentage point drop. Coverage reached its year-to-date peak of 40.06 percent on May 6, but subsequent rainfall across portions of the nation’s mid-section and the Southwest has reduced drought’s overall imprint. Nevertheless, drought still covers a substantial portion of the central and southern Plains and the western U.S. On Sept. 2, the highest level of drought—D4, or exceptional drought—was noted in portions of California (58 percent), Nevada (12 percent), Texas (3 percent), and Oklahoma (2 percent). California also led the nation with 82 percent coverage of extreme to exceptional drought (D3 to D4).

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NDMC helps Brazil implement drought early warning and risk management

Aug 28, 2014

Efforts to help Brazil be better prepared for drought are underway at a variety of scales, and experts associated with the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have been involved in all of them. Mike Hayes, climatologist and director of the NDMC, spent an intensive two days in the state of Pernambuco in August as a visiting expert. Mark Svoboda, climatologist and leader of the NDMC’s Monitoring program area, was in Ceara in August as part of an ongoing World Bank project to establish an operational drought monitoring product for northeast Brazil.

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July Drought & Impacts Summary: Entrenched in West, eased in NM, TX, OK, KS, CO & NE

Aug 8, 2014
Drought remained entrenched over the Western states, especially California, in July 2014, but eased in parts of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska. Water shortage dominated the impacts, but official responses to drought and drought’s effects on agriculture, fire, public health, energy, the environment and tourism were all topics of active concern. Read more in the July 2014 Drought and Impact Summary from the National Drought Mitigation Center.

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