NOAA to announce U.S. Spring Outlook

UPDATED: March 17, 2022. Updated to include an additional subject matter expert.
A wide view of Idaho's Hells Canyon reservoir in drought, showing a dry shoreline and receding waterline. 2018 photo.

A wide view of Idaho's Hells Canyon reservoir in drought, showing a dry shoreline and receding waterline. 2018 photo. (Image credit: iStock )

On March 17, NOAA will announce the U.S. spring outlook for drought, temperature, precipitation and flood risk for April through June. Reporters are invited to participate in a virtual media briefing followed by a Q&A session.

More than half of the nation is experiencing drought with the greatest coverage across the West, Great Plains and southern tier of the U.S. NOAA forecasters will discuss where drought may improve or worsen in the coming weeks and months.

NOAA produces outlooks to help communities prepare for weather and environmental conditions that are likely during the coming months, to minimize effects on lives and livelihoods. Empowering people with information to prepare and take action is key to NOAA’s effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation


11 a.m. EDT, Thurs., March 17


Virtual media briefing on NOAA's 2022 U.S. Spring Outlook 


  • Jon Gottschalck, chief, Operational Prediction Branch, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center
  • Ed Clark, director, NOAA’s National Water Center

Additional experts available during Q&A

  • Brad Pugh, operational drought lead, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center
  • Karin Gleason, climatologist, NOAA's National Center for Environmental Information
  • Paul Huang, Assistant Administrator for Federal Insurance, FEMA
  • Robert Mason, extreme hydrologic events coordinator, United States Geological Survey
  • Brad Rippey, meteorologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Regional NOAA water experts

REGISTRATION: For credentialed reporters only. Interested reporters must register using this GoToWebinar form offsite link. Include your full name and media affiliation. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Additional resources

NOAA’s Spring Weather Safety Campaign offers information on hazardous spring weather — tornadoes, floods, thunderstorm winds, hail, lightning, heat, wildfires, rip currents and tsunamis — and tips on how to stay safe.


Media contact

Jasmine Blackwell,, (202) 841-9184