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December 2020 Climate Currents

Climate Enabling Conditions and Drivers of the Western Oregon Wildfires of 2020

Climate Enabling Conditions and Drivers of the Western Oregon Wildfires of 2020

In the December 2020 Climate Currents for the CIRCulator, climatologists John Abatzoglou, David Rupp, and Larry O’Neill break down the forces that enabled Oregon’s historic fires in September 2020. In their analysis, they use a graph from the Seasonal Progression Tool in the Climate Toolbox.

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December 2020 Columbia Insight

Less Snow is New Normal

Less snow is the new norm. That’s trouble for farmers

In the December 2020 Columbia Insight, Nathan Gilles describes how rain and less snow are going to be the new normal as the Columbia regional climate warms using maps and graphs from the Climate Toolbox.

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January 2020 Climate Currents

Circulator

Snowpack Comeback

In the January 2020 Climate Currents for the CIRCulator, Oriana Chegwidden describes how despite a rough start in December 2019, the snowpack in the Washington Cascades has had a comeback. Oriana uses maps from the Climate Toolbox.

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August 2019 Climate Currents

Warm Days

Extremely Warm Days to Continue Under Climate Change

In the August 2019 CIRCulator, Nathan Gilles describes a study of the heat index which supplied data for the Climate Toolbox.

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August 2019 Climate Currents

This Summer - A Welcome ALternative

 

This Summer - A Welcome Reprieve

In the August 2019 Climate Currents for the CIRCulator, John Abatzoglou describes the climate during the summer of 2019 and uses a map from the Climate Toolbox.

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March 2019 Climate Currents

Climate Currents

Climate Tools, Northwest Climate Currents, Our Research

In the March 2019 Climate Currents for the CIRCulator, John Abatzoglou describes the climate during the winter of 2018-2019 and uses a map from the Climate Toolbox.

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March 2019 Article

Toolbox Workbook

Toolbox Workbook

In a March 2019 article for the CIRCulator, Ann Mooney describes how the workbook for the Climate Toolbox Workbook was created and what it has to offer for you in the way of guidance in using the Climate Toolbox and in creating climate data stories. 

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October 2018 Climate Currents

Climate Signal Comes Through

Climate Signal Comes Through

In the October 2018 Climate Currents for the CIRCulator, David Rupp shows that the "Climate Signal Comes Through". He highlights a recently published article by David Finklin, John Abatzoglou and others which demonstrates that streamflow trends and patterns are similar regardless whether a site is attached to a natural or modified stream or river. 

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August 2018 Climate Currents

April 2018 Climate Currents

Drought Returns to the Pacific Northwest

In the August 2018 Climate Currents for the CIRCulator, John Abatzoglou shows that "Drought is back in the Pacific Northwest". He explains that there are many forms of drought and uses a new tool, the U.S. Water Watcher, to show current drought conditions in some of the different forms (or flavors). From the US Water Watcher, he shows a panel of four maps of current precipitation, streamflow, soil moisture and the energy release component to look at meteorological, hydrological, agricultural and ecological drought, respectively. He also looks at current dry vegetation conditions over the Pacific Northwest and where current fires are with maps from the Climate Toolbox's 'Climate Mapper' tool.

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April 2018 Climate Currents

Winter Snowpack Numbers

Spring Snowpack Numbers!

In the April 2018 Climate Currents for the CIRCulator, Meghan Dalton shows the "Spring Snowpack Numbers" as the current state of the snowpack in the Pacific Northwest(PNW) is still a story of haves and have-nots. She explains how  Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana  have above normal snow numbers, while much of Oregon is below normal, with Southern Oregon in a snow drought. She shows a map of temperature and precipitation anomalies from the Climate Toolbox's 'Climate Mapper' tool and a map of current Snow Water Equivalent(SWE) from the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s interactive map tool to explain the current snowpack conditions over the PNW. 

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