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11:00 – 2:00, Thursday, September 24
ELI/GILES Room of the Mitchell Memorial Library

On September 24, the Mitchell Memorial Library will virtually participate in a national web conference to which you are invited.  Dr. Jeanne Schneider, Research Meteorologist, USDA ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory, El Reno, Oklahoma will teach participants how to get the most out of two federal websites: is the national portal of the National Weather Service that provides data and information about weather warnings and forecasts, graphical weather displays, national weather maps, multiple types of NEXRAD radar displays, maps on river flooding and 48-hour flood forecasts, air quality maps, and more.  Some of the online tools this features include: the National Digital Forecast Database, which updates weather forecasts every hour for 5-kilometer grids across the entire lower 48 states; "Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts" that forecast precipitation over a 6 hour period; a "Wind Speed and Direction" tool down to the level of a 5-kilometer grid; loops of satellite data, including a "water vapor" display that reveals shifts in the jet stream which determine much of the weather at the Earth’s surface; and much more. is a national portal created by 15 federal agencies that deal with drought forecasts and impacts.  Some of the online tools this features include: the current "Drought Watch" map that is updated every Thursday and includes data for every state; multiple wildfire-related maps, including one that shows ongoing wildfires; the impacts of specific droughts on agriculture and water supply, including reports by citizens who live in the actual areas impacted by drought; many links to educational materials about drought for K-12 through adult; and much more.

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