Climate expert to talk about drought, long-range outlook

Weather-watchers know for sure that Colorado is suffering through severe drought conditions this year, but what the near future holds for the region isn’t a question as easily answered.

One of the people perhaps best able to shed some light on the forecast will be available to answer your pointed questions this Thursday, in a unique online seminar organized by the local office of the Colorado State University Extension Service.

CSU climatologist Nolan Doesken will present a webinar “Understanding Colorado Drought,” which will update conditions across the state, as well as what people might expect through the rest of the summer and into next year.

As someone who oversees much of the state’s research into climate, Doesken is in a unique position to be able to connect current data with identifiable trends in Colorado’s weather.

“It’s pretty rare to get ahold of this guy,” said John Rizza, small acreage management specialist with CSU Extension.

“I think the big question that he’ll touch on is: We’re dry this year, and we were wet last year — what are we going to be next year?” Rizza said.

One of the reference points Doesken is expected to discuss is 2002, when Colorado entered into a two-year drought cycle that affected agricultural producers statewide. It’s believed that the data recorded so far indicates that the state may be even drier this year.

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday from noon until 1 p.m. Anyone with an Internet connection is welcome to sign up for the interactive presentation. A link can be found at under the “Water Webinar Series” headline.

Two more CSU Extension webinars are scheduled for later this month: “Colorado Water 101 for Small Acreage Landowners” on Aug. 15, and “Water Wise Landscapes on Small Acreages” on Aug. 23.


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