Drought Conditions 

 

Local Drought Statement:

Drought statements are normally issued for eastern Colorado, southwest Nebraska and northwest Kansas when Severe Drought (D2) or worse conditions develop over the region and are expected to persist.  The latest Drought Information Statement from NWS Goodland is shown in the window below.

 

 
 
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
949 AM MDT SAT SEP 20 2014

...AUGUST BRINGS A MIXED BAG OF PRECIPITATION...

.SYNOPSIS...

PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE TRI STATE AREA FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST
RANGED FROM MUCH ABOVE NORMAL TO MUCH BELOW NORMAL...WITH INTERSTATE
70 GENERALLY THE DIVIDING LINE. THE HARDEST HIT AREAS IN THE LONG
ONGOING DROUGHT RECEIVED THE LEAST AMOUNT OF RAIN...ESPECIALLY IN
NORTHWEST KANSAS SOUTH OF I 70 AND WEST OF HIGHWAY 25. MANY OF THOSE
AREAS REMAIN IN SEVERE DROUGHT. ELSEWHERE...PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS
WERE ROBUST FOR AUGUST RESULTING IN CONTINUED SLOW IMPROVEMENT IN
THE OVERALL DROUGHT.

.LOCAL AREAS AFFECTED...

THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR WAS ISSUED ON SEPTEMBER 16.

DROUGHT INTENSITY IS RATED ON A SCALE FROM D0...ABNORMALLY DRY... TO
D4...EXCEPTIONAL.

SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) WAS OCCURRING IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES:

IN NORTHWEST KANSAS...
CHEYENNE
SHERMAN
THOMAS
WALLACE
LOGAN
GREELEY
WICHITA

IN NORTHEAST COLORADO...
CHEYENNE

MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) WAS OCCURRING IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES:

IN NORTHWEST KANSAS...
GOVE

ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS (D0) WERE OCCURRING IN THE FOLLOWING
COUNTIES:

IN NORTHWEST KANSAS...
RAWLINS
DECATUR
NORTON
SHERIDAN
GRAHAM

NO DROUGHT WAS OCCURRING IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES:

IN NORTHEAST COLORADO...
YUMA
KIT CARSON

IN SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA...
DUNDY
HITCHCOCK
RED WILLOW

.SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

ON JANUARY 15 2014...THE USDA DESIGNATED ALL OF WESTERN KANSAS AND
NORTHEAST COLORADO AS PRIMARY NATURAL DISASTER AREAS DUE TO
DROUGHT. ON APRIL 10...RED WILLOW AND HITCHCOCK COUNTIES IN
SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA WERE ALSO DESIGNATED AS A PRIMARY NATURAL DISASTER
AREA DUE TO DROUGHT. THE DECLARATIONS ALLOW FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO
QUALIFY FOR NATURAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE.

ON MAY 21 2014...GOVERNOR SAM BROWNBACK DECLARED HALF OF KANSAS TO
BE IN A DROUGHT EMERGENCY...WHICH ALLOWS WATER TO BE DRAWN FROM
CERTAIN LAKES. 56 COUNTIES ARE IN THE DROUGHT EMERGENCY...26 ARE IN
WARNING STATUS AND 23 COUNTIES ARE IN A WATCH STATUS. THE GOVERNOR
NOTED THAT SOME PARTS OF KANSAS HAVE BEEN IN DROUGHT FOR NEARLY 5
YEARS. DROUGHT HAS DEPLETED SOIL MOISTURE AND RESERVOIRS AND SLOWED
STREAM FLOWS.

.CLIMATE SUMMARY...

SUMMARY OF RECENT PRECIPITATION FOR SELECTED STATIONS ACROSS THE
TRI STATE AREA. THE SUMMARY INCLUDES THE MOST RECENT MONTH...THE
YEAR-TO-DATE...THE DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL FOR YEAR-TO-DATE AND
PERCENT OF NORMAL FOR YEAR-TO-DATE.

THE DRIEST LOCATIONS ARE AT THE TOP OF THE LIST.

                      PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
                     (VALID AS OF SEPTEMBER 1)

                       2014     DEP   %NORMAL

SHARON SPRINGS         8.96    -6.79    57%
BURLINGTON AIRPORT     9.86    -4.29    70%
WALLACE               12.32    -3.40    78%
QUINTER               15.41    -3.16    83%
CHEYENNE WELLS        11.43    -2.13    84%
ST FRANCIS 8NW        12.73    -2.28    85%
TRIBUNE 1W            12.32    -1.86    87%
GOODLAND AIRPORT      13.90    -2.00    87%
REXFORD 1SW           15.12    -2.15    88%
NORTON DAM            17.54    -2.47    88%
STUDLEY 9NNW          14.40    -1.88    88%
COLBY 1SW             14.54    -1.88    89%
ATWOOD 8SSE           15.74    -1.85    89%
BREWSTER 4W           14.68    -1.68    90%
OBERLIN               16.00    -1.75    90%
HOXIE                 15.48    -1.17    93%
DRESDEN               16.06    -1.17    93%
FLAGLER 1S            12.93    -0.83    94%
ATWOOD 2SW            17.67    -0.44    98%
MINGO 5E              15.19    -0.26    98%
NORTON 9SSE           18.28    +0.49   103%
BENKELMAN             15.83    +0.44   103%
IDALIA                17.58    +1.29   108%
DENSMORE 2N           18.70    +1.42   108%
JOES                  15.98    +1.52   111%
HILL CITY AIRPORT     19.82    +1.94   111%
HILL CITY 1E          20.01    +2.00   111%
BURLINGTON            15.82    +1.64   112%
TRENTON DAM           19.00    +2.04   112%
LENORA                19.52    +2.44   114%
MCCOOK AIRPORT        20.95    +3.24   118%
YUMA                  17.32    +2.90   120%
WRAY                  17.58    +2.95   120%
RUSSELL SPRINGS 3N    16.50    +3.03   122%
CULBERTSON            21.78    +4.17   124%
WINONA                19.50    +4.47   130%
OAKLEY 4W             23.73    +7.95   150%

.RIVER AND RESERVOIR CONDITIONS...

RESERVOIR LEVELS ACROSS THE TRI STATE AREA
AS OF SEPTEMBER 19

RESERVOIR                         PERCENT FULL
KEITH SEBELIUS LAKE (NORTON DAM)      29.0%
ENDERS DAM                            20.7%
SWANSON LAKE                          20.7%
HARRY STRUNK LAKE                     64.4%

.PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...

THE LATEST OUTLOOKS WERE MADE BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER ON
SEPTEMBER 18.

ONE MONTH TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...VALID OCTOBER 2014...BELOW NORMAL.

ONE MONTH PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK...VALID OCTOBER 2014...EQUAL CHANCES
OF ABOVE NORMAL...NEAR NORMAL...OR BELOW NORMAL.

THREE MONTH TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...VALID OCTOBER 2014 THROUGH DECEMBER
2014...EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE NORMAL...NEAR NORMAL...OR BELOW NORMAL.

THREE MONTH PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK...VALID OCTOBER 2014 THROUGH
DECEMBER 2014...EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE NORMAL...NEAR NORMAL...OR
BELOW NORMAL.

SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK...VALID THROUGH DECEMBER 2014...DROUGHT
IMPROVEMENT OR REMOVAL IS FORECAST.

.QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS INFORMATION PLEASE
CONTACT:

JERRY KILLINGSWORTH
CLIMATE SERVICES FOCAL POINT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
920 ARMORY ROAD
GOODLAND KS 67735

TELEPHONE 785-899-6412
JERRY.KILLINGSWORTH@NOAA.GOV

.RELATED WEB SITES...

LOCAL WEATHER...CLIMATE AND WATER INFORMATION...
   WWW.WEATHER.GOV/CLIMATE/INDEX.PHP?WFO=GLD

US DROUGHT MONITOR...
   DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM/MONITOR

NOAA DROUGHT PAGE...
   WWW.DROUGHT.NOAA.GOV

HIGH PLAINS REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER...
   WWW.HPRCC.UNL.EDU

ADDITIONAL RIVER...LAKE AND RESERVOIR INFORMATION...
   USGS - WATER.USGS.GOV
   COE  - WWW.NWD-MR.USACE.ARMY.MIL/RCC/INDEX
   BUREAU OF RECLAMATION - WWW.USBR.GOV/GP/WATER/RFLOW.CFM

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...
   WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV

DROUGHT OUTLOOK...
   WWW.CPC.NOAA.GOV/PRODUCTS/EXPERT_ASSESSMENT/SEASONAL_DROUGHT

KANSAS CROP WEATHER...
   WWW.NASS.USDA.GOV/WEATHER/CPCURR/KS-CROP-WEATHER

.ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER...THE USDA...STATE
AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS AND THE DROUGHT MITIGATION
CENTER. INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN GATHERED FROM NWS
AND FAA OBSERVATION SITES...STATE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
SERVICES...USGS...AND THE CENTRAL NEBRASKA PUBLIC POWER AND
IRRIGATION DISTRICT.


.NEXT ISSUANCE...
THIS PRODUCT WILL BE ISSUED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF EACH MONTH WHEN SEVERE
DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE OCCURRING OR FORECAST TO OCCUR IN THE TRI
STATE AREA OF NORTHWEST KANSAS...SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA AND NORTHEAST COLORADO.

$$
JDK

 
Latest Drought Monitor Graphics:

U.S. Drought Monitor

Drought Monitor for the High Plains

U.S. Drought Outlook

Precipitation Needed to End Drought

The categories of drought are defined as follows:

Abnormally Dry (D0) - Going into drought: short-term dryness slowing planting, growth of crops or pastures; fire risk above average. Coming out of drought: some lingering water deficits; pastures or crops not fully recovered.

Moderate Drought (D1) - Some damage to crops, pastures; fire risk high; streams, reservoirs, or wells low, some water shortages developing or imminent, voluntary water use restrictions requested.

Severe Drought (D2) - Crop or pasture losses likely; fire risk very high; water shortages common; water restrictions imposed.

Extreme Drought (D3) - Major crop/pasture losses; extreme fire danger; widespread water shortages or restrictions.

Exceptional Drought (D4) - Exceptional and widespread crop/pasture losses; exceptional fire risk; shortages of water in reservoirs, streams, and wells, creating water emergencies.
 


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. Details and explanations of the Drought Monitor can found at the web site: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

Note:  Drought categories are based on broad-scale indicators over "climate districts" (the gray division lines on the U.S. map above).  The central Illinois map below it attempts to delineate the drought categories on a smaller scale map.  Note that because the categories do not follow county lines, the "transition areas" on the central Illinois map may be larger than indicated above.  Also, small-scale factors, such as localized heavy rain from thunderstorms, may affect the drought level over a small area, which may not necessarily be reflected in the maps above. 

The latest seasonal drought outlook from the Climate Prediction Center at: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov

Specific impacts from the drought are available on the Drought Impact Reporter at: http://droughtreporter.unl.edu

 

30-Day Percent of Normal Precipitation:

 Kansas Precipitation Departure

Nebraska Precipitation Departure

Colorado Precipitation Departure

 

30-Day Departure From Normal Temperature:

 Kansas Temperature Departure

Nebraska Temperature Departure

Colorado Temperature Departure

 

Long Range Outlooks:

Precipitation forecasts for the next 5 days are available from the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC) Web Site:
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/qpf/day1-5.shtml

For updated temperature and precipitation probabilities consult the following Climate Prediction Center (CPC) Web Sites:

8 to 14 Day Outlook:
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/814day/

30 Day Outlook:
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/30day/

90 Day Outlook:
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/seasonal.php?lead=02

Drought Outlook:
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/season_drought.gif 

 
Acknowledgements and Related Links:

The drought monitor is a multi-agency effort involving NOAA's National Weather Service and National Climatic Data Center, the USDA, State and Regional Center Climatologists and the National Drought Mitigation Center. Information for the drought statements has been gathered from NWS and FAA observation sites, Iowa State and Illinois Cooperative Extension Services, the USDA, COE and USGS.

Local weather, climate and water information - http://www.crh.noaa.gov/oax/

Drought Monitor - http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

Drought Portal - http://drought.gov

USGS Water Watch - http://waterwatch.usgs.gov/new/

Iowa State University Cooperative Extension Service - http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ag/droughtinfo.html

High Plains Regional Climate Center - http://www.hprcc.unl.edu/

Midwest Regional Climate Center - http://mrcc.isws.illinois.edu/

Nebraska State Climate Office - http://climate.unl.edu/

Additional river information -
USGS - http://water.usgs.gov
COE - http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil

NOAA Drought Portal - http://www.drought.gov/portal/server.pt/community/drought_gov/202
Climate Prediction Center - http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov


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