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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
235 PM MDT THU MAY 18 2006

...DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...

...SEVERE DROUGHT OVERSPREADS THE TRI STATE AREA...

.SYNOPSIS...

IN THE MAY 18TH RELEASE OF THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...SEVERE DROUGHT 
CONDITIONS WERE INDICATED ACROSS THE ENTIRE TRI STATE AREA. THIS WAS 
A WORSENING BY ONE CATEGORY FROM LAST MONTH. RAINFALL DEFICITS 
CONTINUE TO ACCUMULATE AND INFORMAL REPORTS FROM LOCAL AGRICULTURAL 
FIELD OFFICES SUPPORTED THE UPGRADE TO SEVERE. IMPACTS FROM THIS 
DROUGHT WERE BOTH HYDROLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL. 

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 MAY 18 2006.
PRECIPITATION ENDING APRIL 30 2006.
                             
            DROUGHT     PERCENT NORMAL OF PRECIPITATION 
COUNTY       LEVEL       1-MONTH    3-MONTH    12-MONTH 
------      -------     ---------  ---------  ---------
YUMA          D2           50         50         110  
KIT CARSON    D2           30         35         115 
CHEYENNE CO   D2           15         35         125 
DUNDY         D2           15         35          90 
CHEYENNE KS   D2           35         60         100 
SHERMAN       D2           40         85          90 
WALLACE       D2           35         65          95  
GREELEY       D2           20         50         100 
HITCHCOCK     D2           15         35          85               
RAWLINS       D2           30         35          90 
THOMAS        D2           40         40          90 
LOGAN         D2           40         50          85  
WICHITA       D2           35         90         100 
RED WILLOW    D2           35         40          95 
DECATUR       D2           40         35          95 
SHERIDAN      D2           40         35          90 
GOVE          D2           45         35          90 
NORTON        D2           45         55          95 
GRAHAM        D2           55         60          95

.STATE AND LOCAL ACTIONS...

NO KNOWN STATE OR LOCAL ACTIONS ARE CURRENTLY TAKING PLACE.

.CLIMATE SUMMARY...

BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION WAS COMMON ACROSS THE AREA DURING THE 
MONTH OF APRIL WITH MOST LOCATIONS RECEIVING UNDER ONE INCH OF 
RAINFALL. MCCOOK TALLIED A 1.54 INCH DEFICIT FOR THE MONTH...WHILE 
OTHER AREAS AVERAGED AROUND 1 INCH FOR THE MONTHLY DEFICIT. 
LOCATIONS ACROSS THE WESTERN PART OF THE AREA AVERAGED 3 TO 5 DAYS 
OF MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION WHILE AREAS FURTHER EAST RECORDED 5 TO 6 
DAYS OF MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION. THE GREATEST 24 HOUR PERIOD OF 
PRECIPITATION FELL ON MOST AREAS DURING THE 6TH AND 7TH...WITH HILL 
CITY MEASURING 0.75 INCHES. A BRIEF PERIOD OF SNOWFALL FOLLOWED THE 
RAIN ACROSS NORTHWEST AREAS WITH GOODLAND NOTING 0.1 INCHES OF SNOW. 
BURLINGTON COLORADO REMAINED ESPECIALLY DRY FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR 
WITH ONLY 1.08 INCHES OF MEASURED PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR TO 
DATE. COOPERATIVE REPORTS DURING THE MONTH FROM THE ENTIRE AREA WERE 
SIMILAR. NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL RANGES FROM 
SLIGHTLY ABOVE ONE INCH IN THE WEST TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE TWO INCHES IN 
THE EAST. 

.RESERVOIR AND LAKE LEVELS...

DATA VALID AT THE END OF APRIL 2006.

                     STORAGE CONTENT  
                END OF MONTH LAST MONTH        PERCENT OF 
RESERVOIR        (ACRE-FEET) (ACRE-FEET)     AVERAGE   FULL 
---------------  ----------- -----------     -------   ----
BONNY RESERVOIR     12740       12861           34      31 
SWANSON LAKE        41151       40442           43      37 
KEITH SEBELIUS LAKE  8944        8883           62      26
HARRY STRUNK LAKE   34975       33152           96      98 
ENDERS RESERVOIR    11988       12017           37      28
HUGH BUTLER LAKE    21298       21275           66      59

.PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

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

ONE MONTH TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...VALID JUNE...ABOVE NORMAL.

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

THREE MONTH TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...VALID JUNE THROUGH AUGUST...EQUAL 
CHANCES FOR ABOVE NORMAL...NEAR NORMAL...OR BELOW NORMAL.

THREE MONTH PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK...VALID JUNE THROUGH AUGUST 
...EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE NORMAL...NEAR NORMAL...OR BELOW NORMAL.

SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK...VALID THROUGH AUGUST. HOT AND DRY WEATHER 
IS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE PERSISTENCE OR WORSENING OF THE 
DROUGHT WHICH HAS OVERSPREAD THE HIGH PLAINS FROM TEXAS TO WYOMING. 
ALTHOUGH THE FORECAST FOR JUNE THROUGH AUGUST DOES NOT SHOW A STRONG 
INDICATION FOR BELOW NORMAL RAINFALL IN THE PLAINS...IT APPEARS THAT 
THE DROUGHT WILL LARGELY PERSIST WELL INTO SUMMER. 

.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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