Archives of the Intermountain West Climate Summary (IWCS)

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Feature Articles (FA) and Focus Pages (FP) - PDF files

March 2012
FA: Freshwater use by U.S. power plants: Initial insights into the energy-water nexus by Kristen Averyt, Western Water Assessment

January 2012
FA: Atmospheric Rivers: Harbors for Extreme Winter Precipitation by Zack Guido, Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS)

October 2011

FA: The National Climate Assessment – Available and forthcoming resources for the Intermountain West and beyond by Jeff Lukas, WWA


July 2011

FA: Examining Regional Climate Model (RCM) projections: What do they add to our picture of future climate in the region? by Karen Cozzetto (CU Boulder), Imtiaz Rangwala (NOAA ESRL PSD), and Jeff Lukas (WWA)


May 2011

FA: The spring runoff roundup – another look at ENSO, dust-on-snow, beetles, and Lake Mead by Jeff Lukas, WWA


March 2011

FA: The Colorado Climate Preparedness Project – Capturing the state of climate adaptation in Colorado by Jeff Lukas, WWA; Roberta Klein, CIRES Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR), University of Colorado Boulder; Eric Gordon, WWA; and William Travis, Department of Geography and CIRES Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR), University of Colorado Boulder

FP: The Colorado Climate Preparedness Project (CCPP) Database: A catalog of resources and capacity for climate adaptation by Kelsey Cody, University of Colorado Boulder; and Jeff Lukas, WWA


January 2011

FA: Dust-on-snow and hydrologic impacts in the Colorado River Basin by Jeff Deems, WWA and National Snow and Ice Data Center, and Jeff Lukas, WWA


October 2010

FA: ENSO and Intermountain West Water Supply: A Review of WY 2010 and Outlook for WY 2011 by Klaus Wolter, CIRES, NOAA/ESRL/PSD and WWA, and Jeff Lukas, WWA


July 2010

FA: The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) in the Upper Colorado River Basin: A Progress Report by Jim Verdin, Lisa Darby, and Roger Pulwarty (NIDIS Program Office)

FP: The NOAA NWS Water Resources Outlook Tool by Kristen Averyt (WWA) and Kevin Werner (NOAA NWS Colorado Basin River Forecast Center)


May 2010

FA: Impacts of the mountain pine beetle infestation on the hydrologic cycle and water quality: A symposium report and summary of the latest science by Jeff Lukas and Eric Gordon (WWA)

FP: Weekly Climate, Water and Drought Assessment for the Upper Colorado Basin: A new webinar series from the Colorado Climate Center and NIDIS by Christina Alvord (WWA) and Wendy Ryan (Colorado Climate Center)


March 2010

FA: What is the risk to Colorado River storage and deliveries under climate change scenarios? A review of several recent studies by Joe Barsugli (CIRES), and Jeff Lukas (WWA)

FP: The New NOAA Climate Web Portal (www.climate.gov) by Christina Alvord, (WWA)

 

January 2010

FA: Understanding the Climate Vulnerabilities, Needs, and Resources of Tribal Communities: A Summary of Two Recent Workshops, by Christina Alvord, (WWA)

FP: Colorado Climate Trends Website: A New Tool from the Colorado Climate Center, by Kristen Averyt, (WWA)


October 2009

FA: The Water Year 2009 in Review, by Christina Alvord (WWA)

FP: TreeFlow: A comprehensive web resource for tree-ring reconstructions of streamflow, by Jeff Lukas (WWA)

 

July 2009

FA: Continuing paths and new directions for the Western Water Assessment, by Kristen Averyt (WWA)

FP: NEW ENSO Alert System from NOAA Climate Prediction Center, by Jessica Lowrey (WWA) and Michelle L'Heureux (NOAA Climate Prediction Center)

 

May 2009

FA: Water Resources Decision-Makers and Their Needs for Decadal Climate Prediction, by Andrea J. Ray, (NOAA/ESRL & WWA)

FP: The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), by Julie Malmberg (WWA)

 

March 2009

FA: Preliminary Findings from Western Water Assessment’s “Water Rights and Climate Change Project", by Doug Kenney (WWA), Roberta Klein (WWA), Christopher Goemans (Colorado State University)

FP: The Climate Prediction Center’s U.S. Temperature and Precipitation Trend Maps, by Julie Malmberg (WWA)

 

January 2009

FA: Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages and the Coordinated Operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead & Efforts Addressing Climate Change and Variability, by Carly Jerla, Lower Colorado Region Bureau of Reclamation & Jim Prairie, Upper Colorado Region Bureau of Reclamation

FA: The National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Marshall Field: Winter Weather Precipitation Research, by Julie Malmberg (WWA)

 

November 2008

FA: Climate Change in Colorado: A Synthesis to Support Water Resources Management and Adaptation, by Andrea Ray (NOAA ESRL), Joseph Barsugli (CU-Boulder), Kristen Averyt (CU-Boulder, WWA), Klaus Wolter (CU-Boulder), Martin Hoerling (NOAA ESRL), Nolan Doesken (CSU), Brad Udall (CU-Boulder, WWA), Robert S Webb (NOAA ESRL)

FP: Low Flow Related Impacts in the Upper Colorado River Basin, by Donna Woudenberg, National Drought Mitigation Center NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, Supplementary Materials: November 2008 Focus Web Page.

 

September 2008

FA: Assessing and Adapting to Climate Change: A Look at Two of the Climate Change Science Program's Latest Products, by Ava Dinges, University of Kansas student and WWA

FP: Monthly and Annual "State of the Climate" Reports from the National Climatic Data Center, by Kristen Averyt, WWA

 

July 2008
FA: Desert Dust Enhancement of Mountain Snowmelt,
by Andrew P. Barrett, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado; Thomas H. Painter, University of Utah; and Christopher C. Landry Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies
FP: The Denver/Boulder National Weather Service Forecast Office,
by Julie Malmberg, WWA

June 2008

FA: North American Monsoon Variability: Implications to Water Resources Management in the Southwestern US, by Balaji Rajagopalan, WWA and Katrina Grantz, USBR Upper Colorado Region

FP: Forecast Consolidation for Seasonal Climate Outlooks, by David Unger, NOAA Climate Prediction Center and Ava Dinges, WWA

 

May 2008

FA: NIDIS Remote Sensing Workshop: Showcase of Products & Technologies, by Christina Alvord of WWA

FP: Meet the MJO, by Jon Gottschalck, NOAA Climate Prediction Center with Andrea Ray, WWA

 

April 2008

FA: Global Climate Patterns and Their Impacts on North American Weather, by Julie Malmberg and Jessica Lowrey, WWA
FP: Workshop Summary: Climate Change Modeling Workshop for Front Range Water Providers,
February 1, 2008, Denver, Colorado, by Jessica Lowrey, WWA

 

March 2008

FA: Diagnosis of Cause(s) for 2007 U.S. Precipitation Extremes, by NOAA/ESRL Climate Attribution Team including Taiyi Xu, Xiaowei Quan, Jon Eisheid, Martin Hoerling, and Tao Zhang

FP: Climate Service Activities in the National Weather Service Central Region, By Doug Kluck, NWS Central Region-Climate Services Program Manager, Eileen McKim and Jessica Lowrey, WWA

 

January 2008

FA: Forecast Verification: Past, Present, and Future, by Julie Malmberg, WWA

FP: National Integrated Drought Information System Drought Portal, by Christina Alvord, WWA

 

November 2007

FA: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability: A Summary of the Report from IPCC Working Group 2 and Implications for the Western U.S., by Andrea Ray, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory and the Western Water Assessment
FP: Overview of the the Western Water Assessment's Water Rights and Climate Change Project
. Researchers Douglas Kenney (CU Natural Resource Law Center), Bobbie Klein (CU Center for Science and Technology Policy Research), Chris Goemans (CU Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics), and Christina Alvord (WWA).

 

September 2007

FA: Drought, Wildfire, and Climate Connections: Research in Forests of the Western U.S., by Jessica Lowrey, WWA

FP: The U.S. Hazards Assessment Program, by Christina Alvord, WWA, and Edward O'Lenic, Climate Prediction Center

 

July 2007

FA: Drought Indices, by Michael Hayes, Associate Director, National Drought Mitigation Center, with Christina Alvord and Jessica Lowrey, WWA

FP: Climate Prediction Center Soil Moisture Products, Jessica Lowrey, WWA

 

June 2007

FA: New Climate Divisions for Monitoring and Predicting Climate in the U.S., by Klaus Wolter and Dave Allured, University of Colorado at Boulder, CIRES Climate Diagnostics Center, and NOAA-ESRL Physical Sciences Division

FP: Climate and Tourism on the Colorado Plateau: A Workshop Summary, by Christina Alvord, Western Water Assessment, Patrick Long, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado, Roger Pulwarty, NOAA, and Brad Udall, Western Water Assessment

 

May 2007

FA: Recent Research on the Effects of Climate Change on the Colorado River, by Brad Udall, Western Water Assessment

FP: New National Weather Service Western Water Supply Forecast Services, by Christina Alvord, Western Water Assessment, and Kevin Werner, NWS Water Resources Hydrology Science Program

 

April 2007

FA: Technical Workshops for Water Managers on Tree-Ring Reconstructions of Streamflow, by Jeff Lukas, University of Colorado and Western Water Assessment, and Connie Woodhouse, University of Arizona and Western Water Assessment

FP: The Colorado Climate Center, by Nolan Doesken, Colorado State Climatologist

 

March 2007

FA: Drought, Climate Variability & Change, and Potential Impacts on Wyoming's Water Resources, by Stephen Gray, WY State Climatologist and Director of Wyoming's Water Resources Data Center, with Christina Alvord of Western Water Assessment

FP: Assessing Water Supply Conditions for Southeast Wyoming in 2007,
by Melissa Goering, NOAA National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office, Cheyenne, Wyoming

 

January 2007

FA: Climatic and Hydrologic Trends in the Western U.S.: A Review of Recent Peer-Reviewed Research, by Brad Udall of Western Water Assessment and Gary Bates of NOAA Earth System Research Lab

FP: Assessing Water Supply Conditions for Utah, by Brian McInerney of NWS Salt Lake City Weather Forcast Office and Christina Alvord of Western Water Assessment

 

November 2006

FA: A Review of Monthly/Seasonal Climate Variability for 2005-2006: The ENSO Cycle, by Vern Kousky of NOAA Climate Prediction Center and Andrea Ray of NOAA Earth System Research Lab, and Western Water Assessment

FP: Climate Workshops in Wyoming and Colorado, by JJ Shinker of University of Wyoming, Ellen Stein of Mountain Studies Institute, Christina Alvord and Brad Udall of Western Water Assessment

 

September 2006

FA: New spatial information in the National Drought Monitor, by Kelly C. Smith of National Drought Mitigation Center and Christina Alvord of Western Water Assessment

 

July 2006

FA: Municipal Water Demand and Conservation: Western Water Assessment Studies, by Bobbie Klein and Christina Alvord, Western Water Assessment

FP: Update on the 2006 North American Monsoon, by Eileen McKim, WWA and University of Colorado Dept. of Geography

 

June 2006

FA:  New Streamflow Reconstructions for the Upper Colorado River Basin: Placing Recent Droughts into a Centuries-Long Context, by Connie A. Woodhouse (NOAA/National Climatic Data Center), Eileen McKim (CIRES), and Andrea Ray (NOAA/ESRL)
FP: Advances in Soil Moisture Science: New in situ soil moisture measurements from NRCS, by Christina Alvord (Western Water Assessment)

 

May 2006

FA:  NOAA’s National Weather Service Introduces New Local Climate Products, by Andrea Bair (NOAA/NWS, Western Region Headquarters), Marina Timofeyeva (NWS/Climate Services Div. and UCAR), Jenna Meyers (NOAA/NWS, Western Region Headquarters), and Annette Hollingshead (NWS/Climate Services Div. and RS Information Systems, Inc.)

FP: National Weather Service Western Region and its Climate Service Activities, by Keah Schuenemann and Eileen McKim, Western Water Assessment

 

April 2006

FA: South Platte Regional Assessment Tool (SPRAT), by Chris Goemans of WWA

FP: Arkansas Basin River Forecasting Center (ABRFC), by Keah Schuenemann and Eileen McKim of WWA

 

March 2006

FA: New and improved NRCS snow and water supply forecast products, by Tom Pagano of the NRCS National Water and Climate Center

FP: The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS), by Eileen McKim of the University of Colorado

 

January 2006

FA: How to use the climate Forecast Evaluation Tool, by Melanie Lenart of CLIMAS

FP: Introduction to NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory

 

December 2005

FA: Roundtable discussion about the drought in the southwest. Participants: Klaus Wolter (WWA), David Brandon and Jeff Smith (NOAA Colo. Basin River Forecast Ctr.), Holly Hartmann and Melanie Lenart (CLIMAS)

FP: Western Regional Climate Center,  adapted by Keah Schuenemann of WWA

 

October 2005

FA: Introduction to the Drought Impact Reporter, Keah Schuenemann of WWA

FP: High Plains Regional Climate Center, by Keah Schuenemann and Jessica Lowrey of WWA

 

July 2005

FA:  The State of Western Water:  Summer 2005, by Keah Schuenemann, Andrea Ray, and Jessica Lowrey of the WWA

FP:  An Overview of the Missouri Basin River Forecasting Center, by Keah Schuenemann of WWA

 

June 2005

FA:  Workshop Report:  "Developing Hydroclimatic Reconstructions for Decision Support in the Colorado River Basin", by Connie Woodhouse, NOAA NCDC, Boulder, CO

FP:  Improving Climate Forecasts for the Southwest, by Klaus Wolter, NOAA-CIRES Climate Diagnostics Center

 

May 2005

FA:  Seasonal Forecasting: Skill in the Intermountain West? by Brad Udall, director of the Western Water Assessment, and Martin Hoerling, meteorologist at the NOAA Climate Diagnostics Center

FP:  An Overview of NOAA's Colorado Basin River Forecast Center

 

April 2005

FA:  Improve Your Climate Vocabulary!  Courtesy of the NOAA Climate Diagnostic Center

FP:  Conference Explores the Intersection of Law, Policy, and Climate on the Colorado River, by Douglas Kenney of the University of Colorado Natural Resources Law Center and the Western Water Assessment

 

March 2005

FA:  April 2005 Snowpack Outlook for Colorado, by Shaleen Jain of the NOAA Climate Diagnostics Center and University of Colorado at Boulder

FP:  NOAA Climate Prediction Center:  A History, by Jessica Lowrey of the NOAA-CIRES Climate Diagnostic Center and the University of Colorado at Boulder

 

January 2005

FA:  A Meteorological Perspective on Drought, by Klaus Wolter of the NOAA Climate Diagnostics Center and the University of Colorado at Boulder

FP:  Colorado River Basin Water Year 2005 Outlook, a summary of a NOAA briefing November 9, 2004, by Andrea Ray of the NOAA Climate Diagnostics Center