This NOAA Drought Task Force/NIDIS report details the results of an extensive multi-research-group analysis of the causes and predictability of the drought. The report finds that the exceedingly warm and dry conditions that caused the drought were due to a high pressure ridge off the west coast of the United States influenced heavily by anomalous sea surface temperatures. These influences are attributed to natural variability.
NOAA and the Western Governors signed a new Memorandum of Understanding on June 9 to help support the resource management decisions of Western states.
NIDIS's Claudia Nierenberg and MAPP's Annarita Mariotti have been invited to speak at 40th Annual Center for Great Plains Studies Symposium "Drought in the Life, Cultures, and Landscapes of the Great Plains."
NIDIS Director Roger Pulwarty gave the keynote address on climate services and adaptation at the WCRP-Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Developing, Linking, and Applying Climate Knowledge.
Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2011, the United States experienced a record high number (14) of climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 670 lives, caused more than 6,000 injuries, and cost $55 billion in damages. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.
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