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USGCRP Indicators Catalog

Indicators are observations or calculations that can be used to track conditions and trends. Indicators related to climate—which may be physical, ecological, or societal—can be used to understand how environmental conditions are changing, assess risks and vulnerabilities, and help inform resiliency and planning for climate impacts. The indicators listed include…
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New website Heat.gov provides resources for dealing with extreme heat

Today a new website dedicated to providing resources for dealing with extreme heat was introduced. It is Heat.gov and is a product of the National Integrated Heat Health Information System. I have not heard of this initiative before, but it seems to be similar to the National Integrated Drought Information…
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U.S. Drought Monitor now provides county-level drought statistics

The USDM expanded its website capabilities in late June with the addition of county-level statistics on drought to their maps. When you go to their current map at https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap.aspx and click down through region to state map and then click on your county, you will see a table of drought…
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CMOR reports help Drought Monitor authors

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how extension agents and agricultural producers in the Southeast can file reports on local conditions, including both droughts and floods. This hyper-local information is used by the weekly authors of the U. S. Drought Monitor to draw updated maps of drought conditions across…
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Use the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) to determine how to work and play safely in sultry conditions

This week is expected to be hot and humid across most of the Southeast. So hot and humid that it can be dangerous to do outdoor activities such as field work and exercise without taking proper precautions to keep from getting heat illnesses that can be life-threatening. Scientists use Wet…
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