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Webinar: Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar

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Monday, 27 June 2022, 2:00

Monday, June 27, 2022. 2:00 PM. Webinar: Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar. Karin Bumbaco, Office of the Washington State Climatologist; Joe Casola, NOAA NCEI; Zach Hoylman, Montana Climate Office. Sponsored by NOAA NCEI. More information here. Register here.

According to the June 7, 2022 U.S. Drought Monitor, 53.2% of the Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) is in drought, with 17.8% of the region in Extreme/Exceptional Drought (D3/D4). On a positive note, this is down from just over 75% of the region in drought at the beginning of 2022. Much of the region has been getting steady precipitation along with cool temperatures during this time. However, parts of southern OR and ID have missed out on much of the moisture, as has been the case for many years now. This webinar will provide more information on the current conditions and outlooks, as well as a presentation on a new NIDIS-funded study from the Montana Climate Office on "Drought assessment has been outpaced by climate change: empirical arguments for a paradigm shift."

These webinars provide the region's stakeholders and interested parties with timely information on current and developing drought conditions, as well as climatic events like El Nio and La Nia. Speakers will also discuss the impacts of these conditions on things such as wildfires, floods, disruption to water supply and ecosystems, as well as impacts to affected industries like agriculture, tourism, and public health.

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