How ocean subsurface heat could help predict El Niño and future forecast challenges 13 December 2016

How ocean subsurface heat could help predict El Niño and future forecast challenges

Two new NOAA Research-funded studies provide insight into a potential new source of El Niño predictability and future research and forecast challenges for these ocean warming events.

2016 North American Drought, Wildfire and Climate Services Forum: Meeting Report 12 December 2016

2016 North American Drought, Wildfire and Climate Services Forum: Meeting Report

On June 21-23, 2016, the North American Climate Services Partnership (NACSP) joined with the biennial North American Drought Monitor (NADM) Forum and annual North American Fire Forecasting Workshop to convene a joint workshop in Fort Worth, Texas, on drought, wildfire and climate services across North America. Click here for a summary report of the meeting.

What’s behind the extreme atmospheric ridges causing California’s droughts? 29 November 2016

What’s behind the extreme atmospheric ridges causing California’s droughts?

New NOAA-funded research in the Journal of Climate uncovers the processes behind the persistent atmospheric ridge of high pressure off the west coast of North America, associated with California’s damaging droughts.
NIDIS Midwest Drought Early Warning System Regional Workshop: Illinois and Indiana 12/5/2016 - 12/7/2016

NIDIS Midwest Drought Early Warning System Regional Workshop: Illinois and Indiana

The National Integrated Drought Information System and its partners are presenting a Midwest drought information workshop to continue building a drought networking community in the region. The workshop will take place on December 5 and 6, 2016.

How the warm water of the northeastern Pacific persisted and whether scientists could have predicted it 8 November 2016

How the warm water of the northeastern Pacific persisted and whether scientists could have predicted it

A new study published in the Journal of Climate investigates the evolution and predictability of the abnormally warm water that emerged in October 2013 and persisted until June 2016 in the northeastern Pacific, colloquially known as “the Blob”.
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