Office of the Washington State Climatologist

OR/WA Water Year 2021 Recap & 2022 Outlook Meeting

November 16-17, 2021

The NOAA NIDIS-sponsored Oregon-Washington Water Year 2021 Recap and 2022 Outlook Meeting was a virtual workshop held over two mornings to review the climate events and impacts of the 2021 water year, provide forecast information for the upcoming water year, and discuss resources and multiple ways of preparing for the likelihood of continuing drought in the region.

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.

Day 1 November 16, 2021
9:00 am Welcome and Objectives: Crystal Raymond, UW Climate
Impacts Group
9:05 am Opening Remarks: Tom Byler, Director of Oregon Water Resources Department
2021 Water Year Climate Recap
9:15 am Oregon & Washington Water Year 2021 Recap: Larry O’Neill, Oregon State Climatologist, OSU
9:45 am June 2021 Heat Wave Recap & Impacts: Nick Bond, Washington State Climatologist, UW
10:05 am Questions & Discussion
10:15 am Break
2021 Water Year Impacts and Adaptations
10:20 am Survey Results: NW Water Year Impacts and Drought Condition Monitoring Observer Reports (CMOR): Crystal Raymond, Climate Impacts Groups, UW
10:35 am Panel: 2021 Water Year Impacts and Response Actions for Multiple Sectors

Dryland Wheat Production: Dave Huggins, USDA ARS
Drinking Water: Julie Smitherman, Medford Water
Forestry: Christine Buhl, Oregon Department of Forestry
Agriculture and Hatchery Impacts & Response: Stefanie Krantz, Nez Perce Tribe

11:35 am Q&A with Panel Participants
11:55 am Wrap Up and Close: Karin Bumbaco, Office of the WA State Climatologist, UW
Day 2 November 17, 2021
9:00 am Welcome, Objectives, and Overview of Day 1: Karin Bumbaco, Office of the WA State Climatologist, UW
2022 Climate Outlook and Planning for Multi-Year Drought
9:15 am The 2021-2022 Winter Outlook: Andy Bryant, NOAA National Weather Service Portland
9:45 am NOAA Drought Termination and Amelioration tool: Russ Vose, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
10:00 am Break
10:05 am Panel: Planning for Multi-Year Drought

Ryan Andrews, Oregon Water Resources Department
Karin Bumbaco, Office of the WA State Climatologist, UW
Larry O’Neill, Oregon Climate Service, OSU
Jeff Marti, WA Department of Ecology

10:50 am 2022 Snowpack Challenge: Jeff Marti, WA Department of Ecology
10:55 am Break
Cumulative Impacts – Multiple Years of Drought
11:00 am Wildfire effects on water quality: Jana Compton, Office of Research and Development, US EPA
Quick Updates: Tools and Resources for Water Year Monitoring
11:20 am Climate Toolbox: Katherine Hegewisch, UC Merced
NOAA Northwest River Forecast Center: Steve King, NOAA NWS
Natural Resources Conservation Service: Julie Koeberle, NRCS
11:40 am NIDIS Support During NW Drought: Britt Parker, NOAA National Integrated Drought Information System
11:55 am Wrap Up and Close Out: Crystal Raymond, Climate Impacts Group, UW
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 the NOAA National Integrated Drought Information System. Planning committee participation was also generously provided by:

Karin Bumbaco (OWSC, UW)
Jeff Marti (WA ECY)
Britt Parker (NIDIS)
Holly Prendeville (USDA NW Climate Hub)
Crystal Raymond (CIG, UW)
Matt Rogers (CIG, UW)
David Rupp (OCCRI, OSU)