Office of the Washington State Climatologist

OR/WA Water Year 2020 Recap & 2021 Outlook Meeting

You can register for the 2021 Water Year Meeting here, which will take place virtually on the mornings of Nov 16 & 17, 2021! The 2021 Water Year Impacts survey is also now available. Last year’s agenda is below:

October 28-29, 2020

The NIDIS-sponsored Oregon-Washington Water Year 2020 Recap and 2021 Outlook Meeting was a virtual workshop held over two mornings to review the climate events and impacts of the 2020 water year, provide forecast information for the upcoming water year, and learn about new resources on drought and climate variability. Discussions on how to implement an annual water year impacts survey and impacts assessment also took place. 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. Additional resources and references presented at the meeting can be found here.

Day 1 October 28, 2020
9:00 am Welcome and Objectives: Crystal Raymond, UW Climate
Impacts Group
9:05 am Welcoming Remarks: Mark Brusberg, Chief Meteorologist, USDA
2020 Water Year Climate Recap
9:15 am Oregon/Washington Water Year 2020 Climatological Summary and Perspective: Larry O’Neill, Oregon State Climatologist, OSU
9:40 am Water Year 2020 WA & OR Climate Events Recap: Karin Bumbaco, Assistant WA State Climatologist, UW
10:05 am Break
Panel: Water Year 2020 Impacts and Adaptations
10:15 am City of Bend Water Supply Update for the Drought Year of 2020: From Pyramid to Pudding, How We Wrestle with Drought, Fires, Floods, Lightning, and More: Patrick Griffiths, City of Bend Water Resources Manager
2020 Agriculture Impacts in Washington & Oregon: Chris Mertz, USDA/NASS
2020 Flooding in Umatilla County, Oregon: John Shafer, Umatilla County Commissioner
Summary of Wildfire Impacts on Drinking Water Infrastructure: Jason Green, OR Association of Water Users
Discussion: Water Year Impacts Survey
11:15 am Summary of Impact Survey Results
Main Objectives:
– Share sector-specific impacts and responses to impacts
– Provide feedback on the impacts survey and future annual surveys
11:55 am Wrap Up – Introduce Day 2
Day 2 October 29, 2020
9:00 am Welcome, Objectives, and Overview of Day 1: Karin Bumbaco, Office of the WA State Climatologist, UW
2021 Water Year Climate Outlook
9:10 am The 2020-2021 Winter Outlook: Kirby Cook, NOAA National Weather Service Seattle
9:35 am Future Changes in Drought Predictability in the Western U.S.: Ben Livneh, University of Colorado
10:00 am 2021 Snowpack Challenge: Jeff Marti, WA Dept. of Ecology
10:05 am Break
Discussion: Impacts Assessment
10:15 am Introduce Annual Impacts Assessment
Main Objectives:
– What do you want to see in an annual water year impacts assessment?
– How would you use an annual water year impacts assessment?
11:00 am Break
Resources for Drought and Climate Planning
11:10 am Whatcom County Drought Contingency Plan: Chris Elder, Whatcom County
11:25 am Expansion of Upper Missouri River Basin drought monitoring maps to the PNW: Zachary Hoylman, MT Climate Office
11:40 am Too Much Water: Heavy Rain and Climate Change: Guillaume Mauger, Climate Impacts Group, UW
12:00 pm Quick Updates:
NWRFC Summary of Web Service Updates: Steve King, NOAA NWS Northwest River Forecast Center
Drought Indicators to Support Drought Impact Mitigation for Natural Resource Management: Bart Nijssen, UW
12:10 pm Wrap Up and Close Out: Britt Parker, NIDIS
Logos for UW's Office of the WA State Climatologist, UW's Climate Impacts Group, and NOAA's National Integrated Drought Information System.

The meeting was organized by UW’s Climate Impacts Group and UW’s Office of the Washington State Climatologist, and sponsored by NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System. Partners across the Pacific Northwest also provided input into shaping the agenda for the meeting, including:
Ryan Andrews (OWRD)
Nick Bond (OWSC, UW)
Meghan Dalton (CIRC, OSU)
David Hoekema (IDWR)
Jessica Keys (Merkley’s Office)
Adam Lang (NOAA)
Jeff Marti (WA ECY)
Megan Mills-Novoa (CIRC, OSU)
Larry O’Neill (OSU)
Scott Oviatt (NRCS)
Holly Prendeville (USDA NW Climate Hub)
Russ Qualls (UI)
Racquel Rancier (OWRD)
Ken Stahr (OWRD)

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