U.S. Drought Monitor wants ranchers as spotters

Ranchers encouraged to become spotters for U.S. Drought Monitor

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ranchers attending a drought workshop at UC Davis on 11/7

Farmers and ranchers attending a drought workshop at UC Davis were told their participation is key to making sure data displayed on U.S. Drought Monitor maps is accurate. 

Some ranchers have expressed concern with the level of drought severity shown on the maps, which can make a difference in drought disaster relief payments.

U.S. Drought Monitor climatologists urged individual growers and ranchers to report local drought impacts and conditions.

Attendees were asked how many currently act as observers for the Drought Monitor.

Four hands went up.

Climatologist Brian Fuchs then asked, “How many have rain gauges on your property?”

Dozens of hands in the air.

“Good, now all you have to do is email us your daily readings to be part of the monitor data base,” Fuchs said. “And if you can provide anecdotal examples, even better. If your pond has been dry for three months, we need to know that.”

The workshop, hosted by the UC Davis Rangeland Watershed Laboratory, was streamed live to several locations across the state. 

Watch videos of the webcast here

Related:

Measuring the drought: How farmers and ranchers can report on drought impacts

Farmer and Rancher Voices from the Drought.