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Adnan Akyuz, Ph.D State Climatologist

November 5, 2020 PowerPoint

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    • In Summary

      • Based on the DM map published this morning, 65% of the state is in at least Moderate Drought, a 9% increase compared to two weeks ago. 40% of the state is in Severe Drought, a 17% increase since two weeks ago (Slide 12).
      • The estimated population in the drought area is 360,069, which includes 44,879 more people than two weeks ago.
      • The statewide drought conditions worsened by 26 DSCI points compared to two weeks ago (Slide 15). Slide 15 also tells us that the current statewide drought is the worst drought since March 2018.


      • Outlooks:
        • Week one (the period from October 16 through 23) indicates below-average rainfall in the southeastern parts of the state while above normal in the northwestern parts of the state (Slide 19). Cooler-than-average conditions will settle during this period, especially in the northwestern parts of the state.
        • Week two (Slide 20) shows dryer week into November 20.
        • Weeks three and four are giving an equal chance of having above-below-and near-normal conditions from November 14 through 27 (Slide 21).
        • Based on the CPC’s Monthly Outlook published on October 31, ND is under the influence of LaNiña impact-cooler and wetter than average bias in the forecast. (Slide 24)
        • The last two slides show the ENSO forecast and typical LaNiña impact on snowfall and temperature (Slides 24-25).



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