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Dry Horizons: Search among drought data tools gets easier

July 19, 2017

The July edition of Dry Horizons features the National Integrated Drought Information System's latest addition to its website: A drought data tool gallery, which makes finding available drought tools to address monitoring, forecasting or condition needs easier. The gallery can be filtered by key categories, such as soil moisture, fire or impacts; by data format; data type; or data coverage area. 

The newsletter also features:

  • A U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit feature on the Beaverhead Watershed case study on drought resiliency in Montana;
  • An American Meteorological Society journal article that defines "ecological drought" through a 21st century lens; and 
  • A research project on the 2015 Oregon drought that will benefit the state and future mitigation efforts.

Read this month's edition here.


Warning system gets the early drop on drought

July 12, 2017

Agricultural crops can wither in a flash when the days turn hot, the air dries, the rain stops and moisture evaporates quickly from the soil. A new early warning system developed by two nationally recognized centers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, along with the U.S. Geological Survey, can help alert stakeholders as drought begins.

The Quick Drought Response Index, or QuickDRI, is a weekly alarm sensitive to early-stage drought conditions and rapidly evolving drought events. 



Webinar: A look at drought in the Northern Plains

June 22, 2017

A recent webinar provided an update on the drought currently affecting the Northern Plains, specifically North Dakota and South Dakota, where large swaths of the state have been affected, and also Montana, where drought is encroaching further west each week. Watch it in full here.

ACCESS THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

  • NDMC: Regional Drought Update & the USDM | Open here
  • SDSU Extension: 2017 Northern Plains Drought | Open here


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