Making Progress on Drought Management: Improvements in Seasonal Precipitation Forecasting
June 9th event to be held in Irvine
Over the past decade, climate whiplash in California has been evident in the big swings from very dry years to very wet years and back again. That dynamic has been seen in microcosm within the 2021-2022 water year as we went from a relatively wet beginning from Oct.-Dec. to the driest Jan.-March period in the state’s history, rendering this spring’s precipitation “too little, too late.”
How has this new reality affected our reliance on historical patterns to forecast California’s water supply? What efforts are being made to improve precipitation forecasting at varying time scales through new science, models and technology? Find out at our one-day event June 9 in Irvine, Making Progress on Drought Management: Improvements in Seasonal Precipitation Forecasting.
Participants will hear about the latest advancements in sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasting — weather predictions from two weeks to a season ahead — and how these predictions can improve management of water infrastructure including dams, flood storage and reservoirs. Preliminary research for the Upper Colorado River Basin will also be covered.
The event is ideal for anyone involved in managing water resources. It covers what is and isn’t known about forecasting California’s winter precipitation weeks to months ahead, the skill of present forecasts and ongoing research to develop predictive ability. Other topics include experimental forecasts of atmospheric rivers and winter blocking conditions.
This special workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Beckman Center in Irvine. The $79 registration includes refreshments, lunch and materials.
The event is sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources in partnership with the Water Education Foundation.
Location & Parking:
100 Academy Way
Irvine, California 92617