Upcoming Event: Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System

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Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System

Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar
Monday, February 26, 2018

11 am – 12 pm Pacific

These webinars provide Pacific Northwest stakeholders and interested parties with timely information on current and developing drought conditions as well as other climatic events, such as  El Niño and La Niña. Speakers will discuss related impacts, including wildfires, floods, disruptions to water supplies and ecosystems, as well as potential impacts to industries, including agriculture and tourism.

Featured Presentations:

Climate Recap and Current Conditions
Karin Bumbacco | WA Asst State Climatologist

Seasonal Conditions & Climate Outlook
Dave Miskus

NOAA Climate Prediction Center
Climate Engine Justin Huntington | WRCC/DRI

Pacific Northwest Biochar Atlas
Claire Phillips | USDA

For additional information contact  Britt Parker, NOAA/NIDIS


Climate Engine

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Climate Engine allows users to analyze and interact with climate and earth observations for decision support related to drought, water use, agriculture, wildfire and ecology.  The tool was recently highlighted in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society entitled Climate Engine: Cloud Computing of Climate and Remote Sensing Data for Advanced Natural Resource Monitoring and Process Understanding. Learn More

Winter Snowpack Numbers

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Snowpack numbers for mountains across much of Oregon and southwestern Idaho looked pretty dismal as of January 31, 2018 release of The Climate CIRCulator. However, snowpack in other portions of our region aren’t looking all that bad. This year’s snowpack is a story of haves and have-nots. Learn More

Pacific Northwest Biochar Atlas

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A growing body of evidence suggests that biochars can provide “win-win-win” solutions to sustain rural livelihoods, preserve natural ecosystems, and adapt to climate variability. Biochar is a soil amendment that is produced when organic waste material is partially combusted in the presence of limited oxygen. The PNW Biochar Atlas objective is to share a range of tools, reports, and evaluations of biochars’ abilities to provide these benefits. Learn More

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