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News Items from December 2018

New Drought-Specific Toolkit for THIRA Process

2018 Drought THIRA Application Toolkit by a team from the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, the National Drought Mitigation Center, NIDIS, and the High Plains Regional Climate Center

Through the NIDIS-SARP Coping with Drought Initiative, a team from the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, the National Drought Mitigation Center, and the High Plains Regional Climate Center have completed a project to develop a drought-specific process for FEMA’s Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) risk assessment process....Read the article

Is Drought Slowing Down the Christmas Tree Industry?

Freshly cut Christmas trees in a Christmas tree market

According to recent news reports, the United States has been experiencing a nationwide Christmas tree shortage, along with price hikes as a result of low supplies. However, digging a bit deeper reveals a much more complex story about drought and weather - and about this year’s Christmas trees. ...Read the article

Weather-Ready Nation Strategic Initiative: Making Communities Ready, Responsive, and Resilient to Extreme Events

NOAA National Weather Service Weather Ready Nation Logo

It is well-known within the weather forecasting community that the United States experiences the most extreme weather events in the world. Tornado outbreaks can shatter communities in the central and southeastern parts of the country. Historical flooding can flip flop with crippling drought. Blizzards can paralyze the entire Northeast.  As...Read the article