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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
437 PM MDT SUN APR 23 2006

...DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...

.SYNOPSIS...

IN THE APRIL 18TH RELEASE OF THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...MODERATE 
DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUED ACROSS THE ENTIRE TRI STATE AREA. 
IMPACTS WERE PRIMARILY HYDROLOGICAL ACROSS SOUTHWEST 
NEBRASKA...WHILE BOTH HYDROLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS WERE 
OCCURRING IN NORTHWEST KANSAS AND EASTERN COLORADO. 

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

.LOCAL AREAS AFFECTED...

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 APRIL 18 2006.
PRECIPITATION ENDING MARCH 31 2006.
                             
            DROUGHT     PERCENT NORMAL OF PRECIPITATION 
COUNTY       LEVEL       1-MONTH    3-MONTH    12-MONTH 
------      -------     ---------  ---------  ---------
YUMA          D1           60         40         110  
KIT CARSON    D1           25         40         115 
CHEYENNE CO   D1           10         50         125 
DUNDY         D1           60         60          95 
CHEYENNE KS   D1          110         90         100 
SHERMAN       D1          200        130          95 
WALLACE       D1          130        100         100  
GREELEY       D1          100         75         110 
HITCHCOCK     D1           70         60          90               
RAWLINS       D1           60         50          95 
THOMAS        D1           30         50         105 
LOGAN         D1          130        100         110  
WICHITA       D1          175        110         120 
RED WILLOW    D1           80         60          95 
DECATUR       D1           85         60         110 
SHERIDAN      D1           80         60         115 
GOVE          D1           90         60         105 
NORTON        D1           80         60         105 
GRAHAM        D1           60         40         100

.STATE AND LOCAL ACTIONS...

NO KNOWN STATE OR LOCAL ACTIONS ARE CURRENTLY TAKING PLACE.

.CLIMATE SUMMARY...

A SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM MATERIALIZED ACROSS THE REGION ON MARCH
19 TO 20 BRINGING HEAVY SNOW TO PORTIONS OF THE AREA. SOME LOCALIZED 
AREAS RECORDED UP TO 14 INCHES OF SNOWFALL DURING THE EVENT WITH 
MOST LOCATIONS OVER 6 INCHES. GOODLAND KANSAS RECEIVED 13.5 INCHES 
OF SNOW WITH 1.83 INCHES LIQUID EQUIVALENT DURING THE 48 HOUR 
PERIOD. THE HELPED BRING THE TOTAL FOR MARCH TO 2.00 INCHES...0.80 
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. OTHER LOCATIONS WERE NOT AS FORTUNATE WITH 
SNOWFALL...WITH BURLINGTON COLORADO...HILL CITY KANSAS...AND MCCOOK 
NEBRASKA ENDING THE MONTH BELOW NORMAL FOR PRECIPITATION. BURLINGTON 
WAS ESPECIALLY DRY FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR WITH ONLY ONE DAY OF 
MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION OF 0.47 INCHES. COOP REPORTS DURING THE 
MONTH OF MARCH FROM THE ENTIRE AREA WERE SIMILAR TO THESE. NORMAL 
MARCH PRECIPITATION FOR THE REGION RANGES FROM NEAR ONE INCH IN THE 
WESTERN PORTION TO UNDER TWO INCHES IN THE EASTERN PORTION. 

.RESERVOIR AND LAKE LEVELS...

                     STORAGE CONTENT  
                END OF MONTH LAST MONTH        PERCENT OF 
RESERVOIR        (ACRE-FEET) (ACRE-FEET)     AVERAGE   FULL 
---------------  ----------- -----------     -------   ----
BONNY RESERVOIR     12861       12596           34      31 
SWANSON LAKE        40442       37986           44      36 
KEITH SEBELIUS LAKE  8883        8626           62      26
HARRY STRUNK LAKE   33152       30563           94      93 
ENDERS RESERVOIR    12017       11846           38      28
HUGH BUTLER LAKE    21275       20749           68      59

.PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE LATEST OUTLOOKS WERE MADE BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER ON
APRIL 20.

ONE MONTH TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...VALID MAY 2006...EQUAL CHANCES FOR 
ABOVE NORMAL...NEAR NORMAL...OR BELOW NORMAL.

ONE MONTH PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK...VALID MAY 2006...EQUAL CHANCES FOR 
ABOVE NORMAL...NEAR NORMAL...OR BELOW NORMAL.

THREE MONTH TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...VALID MAY JUNE JULY 2006...
ABOVE NORMAL.

THREE MONTH PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK...VALID MAY JUNE JULY 2006...
BELOW NORMAL.

.SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK...

THE LATEST SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK WAS RELEASED BY THE CLIMATE 
PREDICTION CENTER ON APRIL 20 AND IS VALID THROUGH JULY 2006.

DROUGHT IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA INTO 
JULY...AS THE OUTLOOK FOR MAY TO JULY SHOWS THE ODDS TILTING TOWARD 
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL.

.QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

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

JERRY KILLINGSWORTH
DROUGHT 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.CRH.NOAA.GOV/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

.ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS...

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 THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN 
GATHERED FROM NWS AND FAA OBSERVATION SITES...STATE COOPERATIVE 
EXTENSION SERVICES...THE USDA...COE AND USGS. 

.NEXT ISSUANCE...

THIS LOCAL DROUGHT STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED AROUND THE THIRD 
THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH...OR MORE FREQUENTLY IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.

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JDK

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