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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
250 PM MST WED JAN 18 2006

...DROUGHT SUMMARY...

...SUMMARY OF DROUGHT MONITOR...

IN THE JANUARY 10TH RELEASE OF THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...MODERATE 
DROUGHT CONDITIONS PERSISTED ACROSS SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA. THE IMPACTS 
IN THIS AREA WERE PRIMARILY HYDROLOGICAL (WATER) AND NOT 
AGRICULTURAL. ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS WERE INDICATED ALONG AND 
NORTH OF INTERSTATE 70 IN NORTHWEST KANSAS...AS THOSE AREAS CONTINUE 
TO RECOVER FROM THE DROUGHT OF THE PAST FEW YEARS. ELSEWHERE...NO 
DROUGHT WAS INDICATED ACROSS EASTERN COLORADO OR THE SOUTHERN HALF 
OF THE TRI STATE AREA.

THE DROUGHT MONITOR FOCUSES ON BROAD-SCALE CONDITIONS. LOCAL 
CONDITIONS MAY VARY.

THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR IS A WEEKLY COLLABORATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN A 
NUMBER OF FEDERAL AGENCIES INCLUDING NOAA/NWS...THE U.S. DEPARTMENT 
OF AGRICULTURE...AND THE NATIONAL DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER. 

...HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY...

NEARLY THE ENTIRE FORECAST AREA RECEIVED BELOW TO MUCH BELOW NORMAL 
PRECIPITATION DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. THE ONLY LOCATIONS TO 
RECEIVE ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION WERE IN WICHITA COUNTY AND THE 
NORTHERN PORTION OF YUMA COUNTY. MOST OF THE PRECIPITATION FELL IN 
THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH. A MAJORITY OF LOCATIONS RECEIVED 
BETWEEN ONE TO TWO TENTHS OF AN INCH OF PRECIPITATION. 
HOWEVER...MANY LOCATIONS...ESPECIALLY IN THE WESTERN PORTION OF THE 
AREA...RECEIVED LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH. NORMAL PRECIPITATION 
RANGES FROM NEAR A THIRD OF AN INCH IN THE WESTERN PORTION OF THE 
AREA TO AROUND A HALF INCH IN THE EASTERN PORTION.

STREAMS WERE FLOWING AT NEAR TO BELOW NORMAL LEVELS FOR THIS TIME OF 
YEAR. 

...LOCAL AREAS IMPACTED...

DROUGHT LEVELS...
D0 -- ABNORMALLY DRY OR RECOVERING FROM DROUGHT
D1 -- MODERATE DROUGHT
D2 -- SEVERE DROUGHT
D3 -- EXTREME DROUGHT
D4 -- EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT

PERCENT NORMALS OF PRECIPITATION ARE THE AVERAGE ACROSS A COUNTY FOR 
THE INDICATED PERIOD. LOCAL CONDITIONS MAY VARY. A VALUE OF 100 
WOULD BE THE CLIMATOLOGICAL NORMAL...A VALUE OF 50 WOULD BE HALF OF 
NORMAL AND CONSIDERED DRY...WHILE A VALUE OF 200 WOULD BE TWICE 
NORMAL AND CONSIDERED VERY WET. 

DROUGHT LEVEL AS OF JANUARY 10 2006.
PRECIPITATION ENDING DECEMBER 31 2005.
                             
            DROUGHT     PERCENT NORMAL OF PRECIPITATION 
COUNTY       LEVEL       1-MONTH    3-MONTH    12-MONTH 
------     --------     ---------  ---------  ---------
YUMA         NONE          75        200        110  
KIT CARSON   NONE          60        250        110 
CHEYENNE CO  NONE          40        200        120 
DUNDY         D1           70        165        110 
CHEYENNE KS   D0           40        170         95 
SHERMAN       D0           35        140         85 
WALLACE       D0           60        160         85  
GREELEY      NONE          65        175        105 
HITCHCOCK     D1           35        130        100               
RAWLINS       D0           35        140         95 
THOMAS        D0           20        135        105 
LOGAN        NONE          90        145        110  
WICHITA      NONE         175        150        120 
RED WILLOW    D1           75        120        110 
DECATUR       D0           35        120        110 
SHERIDAN     NONE          30        125        115 
GOVE         NONE          60        135        110 
NORTON        D0           30        115        115 
GRAHAM       NONE          50        120        115

...PALMER DROUGHT SEVERITY INDEX...

THE PALMER DROUGHT SEVERITY INDEX (PDSI) IS ONE OF THE OLDEST AND 
MOST WIDELY USED MEASURES FOR ASSESSING METEOROLOGICAL DROUGHT IN 
THE U.S. IT HAS BEEN CALCULATED BACK FOR OVER 100 YEARS AND ALLOWS 
FOR LONG-TERM DROUGHT COMPARISONS. SINCE THESE ARE DONE FOR 
CLIMATOLOGICAL ZONES OVER MANY COUNTIES...THERE MAY BE SOME 
DIFFERENCES DUE TO LOCAL PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS AND DIFFERENT TIME 
PERIODS. 

THE CATEGORIES FOR THE PDSI ARE AS FOLLOWS:

EXTREME DROUGHT     : -4.00 OR LESS
SEVERE DROUGHT      : -3.00 TO -3.99
MODERATE DROUGHT    : -2.00 TO -2.99
MILD DROUGHT        : -1.00 TO -1.99
NEAR NORMAL         : +0.99 TO -0.99
MOIST SPELL         : +1.00 TO +1.99
UNUSUAL MOIST SPELL : +2.00 TO +2.99
VERY MOIST          : +3.00 TO +3.99
EXTREMELY MOIST     : +4.00 OR MORE

AS OF THE WEEK ENDING JANUARY 14 2006 THESE ARE THE CURRENT LONG TERM 
PDSI NUMBERS FOR THE TRI STATE AREA:

STATE   CLIMATE DIVISION (NO.)     PDSI     CATEGORY
-----   ---------------------      -----    ------------
KS      NORTHWEST (1)             -0.37     NEAR NORMAL 
KS      WEST CENTRAL (4)          -0.16     NEAR NORMAL    
NE      SOUTHWEST (7)             -0.41     NEAR NORMAL     
CO      KS DRAINAGE BASIN (3)     +0.06     NEAR NORMAL

...LOCAL RESERVOIR LEVELS AS OF END OF DECEMBER 2005...

                  STORAGE CONTENT  
            END OF MONTH  LAST MONTH     PERCENT OF 
RESERVOIR    (ACRE-FEET)  (ACRE-FEET)  AVERAGE   FULL 
-----------  -----------  -----------  -------   ----
BONNY          12265       12243         35       30
SWANSON        35068       35017         48       31 
HARRY STRUNK   26833       24471         92       75 

...OUTLOOKS...

THE LATEST SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK WAS RELEASED BY THE CLIMATE 
PREDICTION CENTER ON DECEMBER 15 AND IS VALID THROUGH MARCH 2006.

MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO PERSIST ACROSS PORTIONS
OF SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA. ELSEWHERE IN THE TRI STATE AREA...DROUGHT 
DEVELOPMENT IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

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JDK

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