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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
235 AM MST TUE MAR 21 2006

...DROUGHT SUMMARY...

...SUMMARY OF DROUGHT MONITOR...

IN THE MARCH 14TH RELEASE OF THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...MODERATE 
DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE EXPANDED TO INCLUDE ALL OF THE TRI STATE 
AREA EXCEPT EASTERN COLORADO...WHERE ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS
CONTINUE. IMPACTS OF THE DEVELOPING DROUGHT IN KANSAS WERE BOTH 
AGRICULTURAL AND HYDROLOGICAL...WHILE IN SOUTHWEST KANSAS THE 
IMPACTS WERE CLASSIFIED AS PRIMARILY HYDROLOGICAL. 

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...

PRECIPITATION WAS BELOW NORMAL ACROSS THE ENTIRE TRI STATE AREA IN 
FEBRUARY WITH BURLINGTON COLORADO AND HILL CITY KANSAS ONLY RECEIVING
A TRACE OF PRECIPITATION. MCCOOK NEBRASKA RECORDED A TOTAL OF 0.03 
INCHES OF RAIN. GOODLAND KANSAS  RECEIVED 0.07 INCHES OF SNOWFALL. 
COOP REPORTS FROM NEARLY THE ENTIRE AREA WERE SIMILAR TO THESE. NORMAL
PRECIPITATION RANGES FROM JUST ABOVE FOUR TENTHS OF AN INCH IN THE 
WESTERN PORTION OF THE AREA TO JUST ABOVE SIX TENTHS IN THE EASTERN
PORTION.

STREAM AND RIVERS WERE FLOWING AT BELOW NORMAL LEVELS. 

...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 MARCH 14 2006.
PRECIPITATION ENDING FEBRUARY 28 2006.
                             
            DROUGHT     PERCENT NORMAL OF PRECIPITATION 
COUNTY       LEVEL       1-MONTH    3-MONTH    12-MONTH 
------      -------     ---------  ---------  ---------
YUMA          D0           35         40         110  
KIT CARSON    D0            5         25         115 
CHEYENNE CO   D0            5         80         125 
DUNDY         D1           50         50         100 
CHEYENNE KS   D1           25         50          95 
SHERMAN       D1           10         50          85 
WALLACE       D1           10         30          95  
GREELEY       D1           10         50         105 
HITCHCOCK     D1           10         25         100               
RAWLINS       D1           10         30          95 
THOMAS        D1           10         40         105 
LOGAN         D1           10         60         110  
WICHITA       D1           10         75         115 
RED WILLOW    D1           10         25         105 
DECATUR       D1           10         15         110 
SHERIDAN      D1           10         25         115 
GOVE          D1           10         35         105 
NORTON        D1           10         15         105 
GRAHAM        D1           10         20         105

...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 MARCH 18 2006 THESE ARE THE CURRENT LONG TERM 
PDSI NUMBERS FOR THE TRI STATE AREA:

STATE   CLIMATE DIVISION (NO.)     PDSI     CATEGORY
-----   ----------------------    -----     ------------
KS      NORTHWEST (1)             -0.97     NEAR NORMAL 
KS      WEST CENTRAL (4)          -1.24     MILD DROUGHT    
NE      SOUTHWEST (7)             -0.95     NEAR NORMAL     
CO      KS DRAINAGE BASIN (3)     -1.00     MILD DROUGHT

...LOCAL RESERVOIR LEVELS AS OF END OF FEBRUARY 2006...

                     STORAGE CONTENT  
                END OF MONTH LAST MONTH        PERCENT OF 
RESERVOIR        (ACRE-FEET) (ACRE-FEET)     AVERAGE   FULL 
---------------  ----------- -----------     -------   ----
BONNY RESERVOIR     12596       12420           34      30 
SWANSON LAKE        37986       36573           46      34 
KEITH SEBELIUS LAKE  8626        8515           63      25
HARRY STRUNK LAKE   30563       28685           92      86 
ENDERS RESERVOIR    11846       11691           40      28
HUGH BUTLER LAKE    20749       20529           69      57

...OUTLOOKS...

THE LATEST SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK WAS RELEASED BY THE CLIMATE 
PREDICTION CENTER ON MARCH 16 AND IS VALID THROUGH JUNE 2006.

THE LATE MARCH WINTER STORM WILL BRING SOME TEMPORARY RELIEF TO THE 
AREA...HOWEVER THERE ARE INDICATIONS THAT THE SPRING WILL BE DRY AND
WARM. AS A RESULT...MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO 
PERSIST OR REDEVELOP...WITH POSSIBLE FURTHER EXPANSION INTO EASTERN 
COLORADO.

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JDK

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