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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
920 AM MDT THU JUNE 22 2006

...DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...

...DROUGHT CONTINUES TO WORSEN...
...NATURAL DISASTER DECLARED IN SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA DUE TO DROUGHT...

.SYNOPSIS...

IN THE JUNE 20TH RELEASE OF THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...SEVERE TO 
EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE INDICATED ACROSS THE ENTIRE TRI 
STATE AREA. THE WORST DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE OCCURRING IN PARTS OF 
EASTERN COLORADO AND SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA...BUT EVEN IN NORTHWEST 
KANSAS SOME AREAS WERE EXPERIENCING EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS. 
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 JUNE 20 2006.
PRECIPITATION ENDING MAY 31 2006.
                             
            DROUGHT     PERCENT NORMAL OF PRECIPITATION 
COUNTY       LEVEL       1-MONTH    3-MONTH    12-MONTH 
------      --------    ---------  ---------  ---------
YUMA        D2 TO D3       35         40          95  
KIT CARSON  D2 TO D3       35         35         100 
CHEYENNE CO D2 TO D3       35         35         100 
DUNDY       D2 TO D3       35         35          85 
CHEYENNE KS D2 TO D3       70         70          95 
SHERMAN     D2 TO D3      110        100          85 
WALLACE     D2 TO D3       15         50          85  
GREELEY     D2 TO D3       50         60          95 
HITCHCOCK   D2 TO D3       35         35          80               
RAWLINS     D2 TO D3       35         35          85 
THOMAS      D2 TO D3       35         35          75 
LOGAN       D2 TO D3       50         50          85  
WICHITA     D2 TO D3       70         80          95 
RED WILLOW  D2 TO D3       60         50          95 
DECATUR     D2 TO D3       60         55          95 
SHERIDAN    D2 TO D3       65         55          95 
GOVE        D2 TO D3       50         45          85 
NORTON      D2 TO D3       50         60          95 
GRAHAM      D2 TO D3       30         50          95

.STATE AND LOCAL ACTIONS...

ON JUNE 9...THE GOVERNOR OF NEBRASKA DECLARED EIGHT COUNTIES IN 
WESTERN NEBRASKA...INCLUDING DUNDY...HITCHCOCK AND RED WILLOW...AS 
NATURAL DISASTER AREAS AS THE RESULT OF DROUGHT. DAMAGE ASSESSMENT 
REPORTS FROM NEBRASKA USDA COUNTY EMERGENCY BOARDS INDICATE THAT THE 
EIGHT COUNTIES MAKING UP THE GOVERNOR/S INITIAL DISASTER REQUEST 
HAVE SUFFERED AT LEAST A 30 PERCENT LOSS IN ONE OR MORE CROP AREAS. 

.CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THUNDERSTORMS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MAJORITY OF RAINFALL DURING 
THE MONTH OF MAY. SEVERAL EPISODES OF HEAVY RAINFALL OCCURRED ACROSS 
THE AREA. A LINE OF STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS DEVELOPED ALONG THE 
EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE AREA ON MAY 2ND. THIS RESULTED IN 2.05 
INCHES OF RAIN IN HILL CITY. SEVERE WEATHER RETURNED ON MAY 
7TH...WITH SEVERAL LOCATIONS RECEIVING MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL. 
GOODLAND TOTALED 0.62 INCHES FROM A STRONG STORM THAT PASSED THROUGH 
TOWN. HEAVIER AMOUNTS WERE FOUND ACROSS PORTIONS OF 
WALLACE...LOGAN...GOVE AND WICHITA COUNTIES. TRANQUIL WEATHER RULED 
MOST OF MIDDLE MAY...WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SCATTERED STRONG TO 
SEVERE STORMS ACROSS THE AREA DURING MAY 20-22. HILL CITY RECORDED 
0.49 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION ON THE 21ST WITH HEAVIER AMOUNTS IN 
HITCHCOCK...RAWLINS...SOUTHERN SHERMAN...AND NORTHERN WALLACE 
COUNTIES FROM SEVERE STORMS. THE FINAL PERIOD OF NOTABLE RAINFALL 
DURING THE MONTH OF MAY ARRIVED ON THE 30TH AND 31ST. MCCOOK 
TOTALLED 1.05 INCHES AND HILL CITY 0.59 INCHES ON THE 30TH. SEVERAL 
SEVERE STORMS WITH HEAVY RAINFALL DEVELOPED NEAR THE COLORADO-KANSAS 
STATE LINE ON MAY 31ST. BURLINGTON RECEIVED 0.99 INCHES OF 
RAINFALL..WHILE GOODLAND RECEIVED 2.42 INCHES. IN ADDITION...THE 
STORM BROUGHT A HEALTHY AMOUNT OF HAIL. THIS COMBINATION RESULTED IN 
FLOODING ACROSS SOME PARTS OF GOODLAND. 

TOTAL PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS FOR THE MONTH OF MAY VARIED ACROSS THE 
AREA BASED ON THUNDERSTORM COVERAGE...FREQUENCY AND INTENSITY. 
GOODLAND RECEIVED 3.96 INCHES AND HILL CITY 3.95 INCHES...WHICH WERE 
ABOVE NORMAL. BURLINGTON AND MCCOOK RECEIVED 1.39 INCHES AND 1.78 
INCHES RESPECTIVELY...ENDING THE MONTH BELOW NORMAL. COOP REPORTS 
DURING THE MONTH FROM THE ENTIRE AREA WERE SIMILAR IN PATTERN TO 
THESE. NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH OF MAY RANGES FROM TWO AND 
A HALF INCHES IN WESTERN AREAS TO THREE AND A HALF IN THE EAST. 

.RESERVOIR AND LAKE LEVELS...

DATA VALID AT THE END OF MAY 2006.

                     STORAGE CONTENT  
                END OF MONTH LAST MONTH        PERCENT OF 
RESERVOIR        (ACRE-FEET) (ACRE-FEET)     AVERAGE   FULL 
---------------  ----------- -----------     -------   ----
BONNY RESERVOIR     12380       12740           33      30 
SWANSON LAKE        40442       41151           40      36 
KEITH SEBELIUS LAKE  8814        8944           59      26
HARRY STRUNK LAKE   35797       34975           94     100 
ENDERS RESERVOIR    11831       11988           35      28
HUGH BUTLER LAKE    20935       21298           64      58

.PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE LATEST OUTLOOKS WERE MADE BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER ON 
JUNE 15.

ONE MONTH TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...VALID JULY 2006...ABOVE NORMAL.

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

THREE MONTH TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...VALID JULY THROUGH SEPTEMBER 
2006...ABOVE NORMAL.

THREE MONTH PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK...VALID JULY THROUGH SEPTEMBER 
2006...EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE NORMAL...NEAR NORMAL...OR BELOW 
NORMAL.

SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK...VALID THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2006. THE ONGOING 
DROUGHT IN THE PLAINS STATES...WHICH EXTENDS FROM TEXAS TO 
WYOMING...SHOULD PERSIST. THE LATEST SEASONAL OUTLOOKS SHOW A 
TENDENCY FOR CONTINUED HOT AND DRY WEATHER THROUGH SEPTEMBER. 

.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.

$$
JDK

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