Southwest Kansas Drought Page
Last Updated April 07, 2014
This page will be updated approximately once a month or as conditions warrant.
SW Kansas Drought Summary:Worsening drought expands east.
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 April:
Regional Temperature Summary:
For the month of April: Below normal temperatures are expected for April across the region.
Looking at the 90-day outlook period: Near normal temperatures are expected April through June across the region.
Regional precipitation summary:
For the month of April: Near normal precipitation is expected for April across the region.
Looking at the 90-day outlook period: Near normal precipitation is expected April through June across the region.
Regional Drought Summary:
Much of the region is in severe to extreme drought conditions.
El Nino/Southern Oscillation Information:
Equatorial sea surface temperatures are near average across the Pacific Ocean. Models suggest that ENSO neutral conditions will continue through Spring 2014. An El Nino watch has been issued with increasing confidence of El Nino conditions starting this Summer.
CPC ENSO Box & Whisker Analysis:
El Nino and La Nina-Related Winter Features over North America:
Climatological Summary:So far, April was dominated by below normal temperatures and and below normal precipitation. Average month temperatures anomalies were -4.5F at Garden City, -5.4F at Dodge City, and -3.4F at Medicine Lodge. Precipitation departures for the same sites were: -0.09 inches, -0.24 inches, and -0.34 inches.
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