NDMC, JPL talk satellites and drought
May 23, 2016
We welcomed Stephanie Granger and Ali Behrangi from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Cal Tech May 19-20 to discuss using satellite-derived data for drought detection, monitoring and assessment, and forecasting. They met with climatologists from the National Drought Mitigation Center and representatives of the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies, both based in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska. In the photo are, from left, Mark Svoboda, NDMC, Behrangi and Granger, and Tsegaye Tadesse and Brian Fuchs, both NDMC.
Caribbean nations use “writeshops” to advance drought preparedness
May 16, 2016
Three “writeshops” in early 2016 helped Caribbean island nations take next steps in drought preparedness. Participants focused on creating and refining policy and planning documents that advanced drought preparedness in each territory. The writeshops were organized by The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission in collaboration with The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), with the U.S. National Drought Mitigation Center providing expertise in drought monitoring and planning.
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April 2016 Drought and Impact Summary: Drought continues to plague western United States
May 12, 2016
Most of the drought in the United States continues to be located in the West. Across the Plains, above-normal precipitation has alleviated many areas of moderate drought and abnormal dryness. Read the April Drought and Impact Summary.
DroughtScape Spring 2016 is out
May 11, 2016
The Spring 2016 edition of DroughtScape is out. California’s ongoing battle with drought is the focus of our first-quarter drought and impact summaries:
- Drought Summary, January to March 2016
- First quarter 2016 drought impact summary: Drought not over in California
We shared lessons from international drought planning and research:
- Caribbean nations use “writeshops” to advance drought preparedness
- Kenyan agency leader dedicated to preventing drought-related deaths
- DrIVER keeps an eye on drought forecasting and preparation
Some of Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts are taking steps toward drought planning:
- Nemaha NRD drought scenario exercise a step toward addressing competing water uses
- Nebraska’s Lower Platte South Natural Resources District recognized for drought tournament
Federal resources for drought planners:
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- EPA releases Drought Response, Recovery Guide for Water Utilities
- New navigation, new look, new content for drought.gov
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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