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Central Region

NOAA/NCEI's Central Region Climate Services provide actionable and useable information across time scales and at a meaningful geography. Climate extremes often impact the north-central United States. Over the last five years, devastating floods, record heat, and drought have enveloped immense areas of the 14 states in the region. NOAA and its key partners in the region are responding to these events and the ever-increasing demand for climate information by reaching out and working directly with federal, state, tribal, academic, and nongovernmental organizations and private concerns.

Recent Activities

  • Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlooks
    NOAA’s Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlooks draw on sources across NOAA to provide concise and accessible climate information for various regions of the United States, including the Central Region and the Great Lakes. These syntheses discuss the major climate events during the past three months and contain historical seasonal assessments as well as climate predictions and projections.
  • High Plains Climate Collaboration Workshop
    This annual event brings together a number of core climate partners from across the High Plains and Missouri Basin. The meeting is important as it defines the needs for future priorities by NOAA Regional Climate Services and other institutions. A number of federal, state, tribal, and academic institutions take part in these discussions.
  • 2012 Drought Assessment
    Over the past year, two Regional Climate Centers, the National Drought Mitigation Center, and numerous state climate offices have been coordinating on producing an assessment of the 2012 drought across central portions of the United States.
  • Severe Flooding on the Colorado Front Range: A Preliminary Assessment
    An extreme precipitation and flooding event occurred along the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies. NOAA and the University of Colorado have produced a preliminary discussion describing this event and some of its impacts.

Decision Support Tools

  • Great Plains and Midwest Drought Summary Webinars
    In 2012, a drought of extreme intensity covered most of the Midwest to the Rocky Mountains. In response, NOAA and several partners began monthly information briefings to broad constituencies across the region. The webinars have been providing regular information, including a climate summary, impacts, and outlook, since July 2012.
  • Great Lakes Water Level Dashboard
    This is a water level monitoring page for decision makers around the Great Lakes.

Datasets

  • Climate Impact Reporter
    The High Plains Regional Climate Center, NOAA, and other core partners have created a system that will collect and archive impacts from climate events in a database. Users can access this system to look at past events and record new ones as they happen or are noticed. The database will serve many purposes including research, economic analysis, and the sustainability process for the National Climate Assessment.
  • Drought Impact Reporter
    The National Drought Mitigation Center launched the Drought Impact Reporter in July 2005 as the nation’s first comprehensive database of drought impacts. The Drought Impact Reporter collects and displays drought impact information for the United State, providing researchers and the public with more context and detail on drought as well as more readily summarized information.

Reports and Resources

Central Region RCSD – Doug Kluck

Image of Doug Kluck - Central Regional Director

Doug Kluck worked for the National Weather Service for the last 18 years and served as a research meteorologist, forecast meteorologist, forecast hydrologist, and regional hydrologist. For the past eight years he was the Climate Service Program Manager for the Central Region. In this capacity, he focused on building key networks and relationships with core partners and groups with climate interests in the Central Region. He works closely with the Regional Climate Centers, state climatologists, tribal colleges and universities, land grant universities and extension services, federal and state governments, and nongovernmental organizations on a number of issues, including informing adaptation, climate data stewardship, building climate change capacity, and assessment of climate services needs by sector and community. Kluck serves on the implementation committee for the National Integrated Drought Information System as the lead on education and outreach. In addition, he serves as the climate representative for the Central Region NOAA Regional Collaboration Team. He holds a BS in geology and an MA in geography from the University of Nebraska.

Douglas R. Kluck
NOAA Regional Climate Services Director, Central Region
7220 NW 101st Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64153-2371
Phone: 1-816-994-3008
Email: doug.kluck@noaa.gov