What can drought-stricken California expect from the El Niño winter forecast? 12 February 2016

What can drought-stricken California expect from the El Niño winter forecast?

A subgroup of the NOAA Drought Task Force recently released a science assessment looking at the relationship between El Niño and the California drought, a discussion that is pertinent within the context of the strong 2015/2016 El Niño event.
NOAA research improves our capacity to prepare for and react to drought, says new Drought Task Force report 9 February 2016

NOAA research improves our capacity to prepare for and react to drought, says new Drought Task Force report

A new report from the NOAA Drought Task Force, “Research to Advance National Drought Monitoring and Prediction Capabilities,” highlights the crucial role NOAA research plays in advancing our ability to prepare for and react to drought.

Two new MAPP-funded studies provide new insight into drought understanding and prediction in the Central U.S. 18 January 2016

Two new MAPP-funded studies provide new insight into drought understanding and prediction in the Central U.S.

New research funded by CPO’s MAPP Program focuses on drought in the central U.S./Great Plains region and evaluates why summer droughts occur in the Southern Great Plains during some La Niña years but not in others, and how several drought indicators may promote drought preparedness during future flash drought (droughts that intensify rapidly) events.
MAPP Webinar Series: California Drought: ENSO Implications and Operational Outlook 28 September 2015

MAPP Webinar Series: California Drought: ENSO Implications and Operational Outlook

The NOAA CPO Modeling, Analysis, Prediction, and Projections (MAPP) program hosted a webinar on the topic of California Drought: ENSO Implications and Operational Outlook on Monday, September 28, 2015. The announcement is provided below; you are invited to remotely join the session.

OAR Science Integral to Understanding and Predicting California Drought 27 April 2015

OAR Science Integral to Understanding and Predicting California Drought

NOAA OAR played a significant role in the recently-convened AGU Chapman Conference on the California Drought, held in Irvine, California during April 20-22.

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