Office of the Washington State Climatologist

OR/WA Water Year 2019 Recap & 2020 Outlook Meeting

November 5, 2019
OSU Foundation Building
Portland, OR

The NIDIS-sponsored Oregon-Washington Water Year 2019 Recap and 2020 Outlook Meeting was a one-day workshop held to review the climate events and impacts of the 2019 water year, provide forecast information for the upcoming water year, and learn about new resources on drought and climate variability. Links to presentations in .pdf form are provided for the those that agreed to share. Please attribute any information within the slides to the presenter listed.

9:15-9:30 am Registration & Coffee
9:30-9:40 am Welcome and Introduction: Crystal Raymond, UW Climate
Impacts Group
Climate Recap (moderator: Jeff Marti)
9:40-10:05 am OR & WA Water Year 2019 Climate Recap: Karin Bumbaco,
OWSC
10:05-10:15 am 2019 Oregon Snowpack and Mountain Precipitation Summary and Current Water Year Conditions: Scott Oviatt, NRCS
Water Year 2019 Impacts (moderator: Crystal Raymond)
10:15-12:10 pm Panel:
The 2019 Drought and Kittitas County’s Evolving Role in Water Management: Arden Thomas, Kittitas Co. water resources
manager

Oregon 2019, a year of close calls: Ken Stahr, OR Water Resources Department
Drought Impacts on Forests: Zack Heath, USDA Forest Service
Overview of Oregon April 2019 Flooding: Daniel Stoelb, OR Office of Emergency Management
2019 Water Year story for Bull Run: Kristin Anderson, Portland Water Bureau

Q/A with panelists

Lunch Provided & April 1 SWE Contest
Water Year 2019 Impacts continued
12:40-12:55 pm Extreme Year Comparison with CMIP5: Ben Beal, Portland Water Bureau
Climate Outlook (moderator: Karin Bumbaco)
12:55-1:20 pm The 2019-2020 Winter Outlook: Andy Bryant, NWS Portland
1:20-1:35 pm Return of the Blob: Is it Back to Ruin the Snow?: Larry O’Neill, OR Climate Service
Tools for Water Monitoring and Planning for Drought
(moderator: Chris Konrad)
1:35-2:10 pm EPA’s Drought Response and Recovery Guide for Water Utilities: Abby Hall, EPA

Updates on Monitoring and Forecasts from the Northwest Climate Toolbox: Katherine Hegewisch, University of Idaho

2:10-2:25 pm Break
Tools for Water Monitoring and Forecasts continued
(moderator: Larry O’Neill)
2:25-3:05 pm What’s new with NOAA’s Northwest River Forecast Center’s probabilistic flow forecasts: Steve King, NOAA NW River Forecast Center

Projections of streamflow at real-time gages for dry-weather
scenarios: Chris Konrad, USGS

When They Go Low, We Say Hi: How streamflow forecasts help the Department of Ecology manage water: Jeff Marti, WA Dept. of Ecology

PNW Drought Early Warning System (moderator: Crystal
Raymond)
3:05-3:15 pm Update from the PNW Drought Early Warning System: Britt Parker, NOAA NIDIS