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NDMC News Archive

Don Wilhite to retire June 30

Jun 28, 2016
After nearly 40 years with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Don Wilhite, founding director of the National Drought Mitigation Center, former School of Natural Resources director and dedicated applied climate professor, will retire and shift to emeritus status on June 30, 2016.
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New report examines drought risk and management in parched Caribbean

Jun 20, 2016
A new report examines drought in the Caribbean, a region often plagued by climate-related hazards, with a focus on the role of policymaking and planning to reduce its future impacts on agriculture and water resources. Released June 17 in conjunction with the United Nations' World Day to Combat Desertification, the report seeks to bolster the Caribbean's resilience to drought and underscores the need for a paradigm shift to a more proactive approach to drought mitigation.
"Drought Characteristics and Management in the Caribbean" is published jointly by the Land and Water Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska (WFI), in collaboration with the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH).
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May 2016 Drought and Impact Summary: Conditions improve in northern California, western Nevada

Jun 15, 2016

In May, the West saw the biggest decreases in drought areas while the Southeast saw the biggest increases. The number of people affected by drought increased from 49.8 million at the beginning of May to about 54.8 million by the end of the month. Read the May Drought and Impact Summary.

 



California reservoir recovery slowing

Jun 14, 2016

California’s pace of statewide reservoir recovery slowed during May, as high-elevation snowpack mostly finished melting out. The state’s 154 reservoirs gained only about two-thirds of a million acre-feet of water during May, with overall storage dipping from 89 percent of the April 30 average to 87 percent of the May 31 average.

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U.S. crops and pastures generally good to excellent in May 2016

Jun 2, 2016
By the end of May 2016, contiguous U.S. drought coverage had decreased to 12.73 percent. Aside from long-term drought in parts of California and the Southwest, drought in the U.S. is mostly limited to the southern Appalachians. Winter wheat was rated 63 percent good to excellent, one of the highest late-May crop ratings in the last two decades, and corn and soybean production areas remain mostly free of drought. About two-thirds of U.S. rangeland and pastures were rated in good to excellent condition on May 29.
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