WFO Lubbock’s Senior Service Hydrologist Serves as Subject Matter Expert to Drought Forum

By Brian LaMarre
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
WFO Lubbock, TX
brian.lamarre@noaa.gov

Picture of the Panel at the Drought Alert Meeting.

Drought Alert Meeting at the Texas Tech University International Center for Arid and Semiarid Land Studies – John Lipe seen second from left on the panel of Subject Matter Experts. Photograph by Haley Draper, Office of International Affairs, Texas Tech University.

On January 20, 2006, John Lipe, WFO Lubbock Senior Service Hydrologist, served as a subject matter expert on a panel at the Texas Tech University International Center for Arid and Semiarid Land Studies (ICASALS). The Drought Alert Meeting served as a public forum for individuals interested in the current and future state of the ongoing, short-term drought across the South Plains and portions of the Texas Panhandle. John was first on the panel of scientists to lead a briefing on rainfall climatology; expected impacts and hydrometeorological trends resultant of the persistent La Nina conditions in the Pacific Ocean; and hydrologic services provided by the local Weather Forecast Office. As Lubbock was about to break the all-time 1921-1922 record of 88 days without measurable rainfall, John had a very attentive audience! Following the individual briefings from each panel member, John answered questions from the audience, as well as provided personal interviews with each of Lubbock’s media affiliates. In support of John’s nomination to the panel, MIC Justin Weaver, SOO Steve Cobb, and WCM Brian LaMarre attended the event for a solid WFO presence!

The International Center for Arid and Semiarid Land Studies’ (ICASALS) mission is to promote and facilitate multidisciplinary initiatives in research, education and regional development programs that address the understanding of processes caused by natural phenomena and by the human presence in arid and semiarid lands. ICASALS’ mission is focused on water related issues, one of Texas Tech overarching strategic priorities. WFO Lubbock continues to foster strong relationships with our research partners at Texas Tech University.

Image of Dr. Aderbal Correa (left) and John Lipe.

Dr. Aderbal Correa (left), Director of the Texas Tech University International Center for Arid and Semiarid Land Studies, presents John Lipe, WFO Lubbock Senior Service Hydrologist, with a Certificate of Appreciation for serving on a panel of scientists during the Drought Alert Meeting. Photograph by Haley Draper, Office of International Affairs, Texas Tech University.

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