Southwest Kansas Drought Page
Last Updated September 25, 2014
This page will be updated approximately once a month or as conditions warrant.
SW Kansas Drought Summary:Improvement in the drought through September.
The U.S. Drought Monitor is a weekly collaborative effort between a number of federal agencies including NOAA/NWS, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Drought Mitigation Center.
Drought Outlook Through October:
Regional Temperature Summary:
For the month of October: Near to slightly below normal temperatures are expected for October across the region.
Looking at the 90-day outlook period: Near normal temperatures are expected October through December across the region.
Regional precipitation summary:
For the month of October: Near normal precipitation is expected for October across the region.
Looking at the 90-day outlook period: Near to slightly above normal precipitation is expected October through December across the region.
Regional Drought Summary:
Much of the region is in moderate to severe drought conditions.
El Nino/Southern Oscillation Information:
An El Nino watch is in effect with a 65 percent chance of El Nino conditions this Fall and Winter.
CPC ENSO Box & Whisker Analysis:
El Nino and La Nina-Related Winter Features over North America:
Climatological Summary:So far, September was dominated by below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation, except for south central Kansas where the opposite is true. Average month temperatures anomalies were -0.9F at Garden City, -1.1 at Dodge City, and +0.1F at Medicine Lodge. Precipitation departures for the same sites were: +0.26 inches, +0.26 inches, and -0.87 inches.
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