Sunday, August 30, 2015

President signs NIDIS Reauthorization Act

On March 6, President Barack Obama signed the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act into law in order to ensure that the federal government can provide timely, effective drought warning forecasts and vital support to communities that are vulnerable to drought. 

Upon signing the legislation into law, the president issued the following statement:

Today, I signed the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act into law. This bipartisan legislation ensures that the federal government can continue to provide timely, effective drought warning forecasts and vital support to communities that are vulnerable to drought.  States, cities, towns, farmers, and businesses rely on tools and data from the National Integrated Drought Information System to make informed decisions about water use, crop planting, wildfire response, and other critical areas.  As climate change increases the intensity of weather-related disasters such as droughts, wildfires, storms and floods, providing access to updated drought-related science and tools is growing even more important.

Currently, a number of Western states are facing drought conditions, including a severe drought in California, and my Administration is pursuing every measure to provide relief and support in partnership with States. To complement the National Integrated Drought Information System, as part of my Climate Action Plan, federal agencies have also formed a National Drought Resilience Partnership to help communities better prepare for droughts in the long term, and prevent the worst impacts on families and businesses.  I commend Congress for passing this bipartisan bill to continue to build our national resilience to drought and help communities, farmers, businesses and individuals better prepare and recover when disaster strikes.

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9/2/2015 2:00 PM

CPO's CVP program announces Webinar Series on Decadal Variability and Predictability

Starting Wednesday, September 2nd at 2PM EDT

Please join us from 2-3PM EDT on Wednesday, September 2nd for our first webinar of the series, featuring presentations by Martha Buckley (Low-frequency SST and upper-ocean heat content variability in the North Atlantic) and Brian Soden (Mechanisms of Low-Frequency Variability of the Atmospheric Circulation Over the 20th Century).

For the full schedule and to sign up to view the webinars, visit cpo.noaa.gov/cvp-webinars.