The Western States Water Council and the California Department of Water Resources cosponsored a workshop on improving sub-seasonal to seasonal (S2S) precipitation forecasting, held in San Diego, California on June 7-9, 2016.  This workshop was preceded on June 6-7 with a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory workshop on tools for improving observations, forecasting and management.


June 6-7:  NASA JPL Water Resources Research Workshop

June 7-9: Advancing Seasonal Precipitation Forecasting Workshop


Workshop on Tools for Improving Observations, Forecasting and Management

(to be posted following NASA JPL clearance protocols)


Improving Sub-Seasonal and Seasonal (S2S) Precipitation Forecasting

June 7

Review of Recent NOAA/WSWC Collaboration Activities – Jeanine Jones, CDWR

Water Year 2016 – Predictions and Observations for the West – Mike Anderson, CDWR State Climatologist

Interpreting and Using Climate Prediction Center (CPC) Outlooks – Roger Pierce, Meteorologist-in-Charge and Alex Tardy, Warning Coordination Meteorologist and Decision Support Services Lead, San Diego Weather Forecast Office

June 8

Next Generation Earth System Prediction: Strategies for Subseasonal to Seasonal Forecasts – Duane Waliser, Chief Scientist, Earth Science & Technology Directorate, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Towards Improving Hydroclimate S2S Prediction – Sarah Kapnick, Physical Research Scientist, NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Background and Framework for Establishing a Seasonal Precipitation Forecast Improvement Project (SPFIP) – David DeWitt, Director, NOAA Climate Prediction Center

Atmospheric River Observations: A Summary of Recent Results – Marty Ralph, Director, Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E) at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Subseasonal Atmospheric River Research & Prediction – Duane Waliser, Chief Scientist, NASA JPL

Subseasonal-to-Seasonal Prediction Initiatives and Scientific Opportunities in High-Resolution Modeling – Heather Archambault, Program Manager, NOAA Climate Program Office

Reclamation S2S Forecasting Activities – Kenneth Nowak, Water Availability Research Coordinator, US Bureau of Reclamation

June 9

Statistical Analysis of Hydrology in California under Climate Variability – Kwabena Asante, GEI Consultants, Inc.

Texas Water Development Board Statistical Modeling – Nelun Fernando, Hydrologist, Texas Water Development Board

Applications/Users for Improved S2S Forecasts  – Nolan Doesken, Colorado State Climatologist, Colorado State University