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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
815 AM MDT MON JUL 24 2006

...DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...

...WET JUNE BRINGS SOME RELIEF TO DROUGHT...

.SYNOPSIS...

IN THE JULY 18TH RELEASE OF THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...MODERATE TO 
SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE INDICATED ACROSS THE ENTIRE TRI STATE 
AREA. THE WORST DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE OCCURRING IN PARTS OF 
EASTERN COLORADO AND SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA. THIS WAS AN IMPROVEMENT OF 
UP TO ONE CATEGORY FOR MOST AREAS...DUE TO A WET JUNE. 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 JULY 18 2006.
PRECIPITATION ENDING JUNE 30 2006.
                             
            DROUGHT     PERCENT NORMAL OF PRECIPITATION 
COUNTY       LEVEL       1-MONTH    3-MONTH    12-MONTH 
------      --------    ---------  ---------  ---------
YUMA        D1 TO D2       70         40          85  
KIT CARSON  D1 TO D2       50         55          85 
CHEYENNE CO D1 TO D2       40         50          85 
DUNDY       D1 TO D2      100         60          85 
CHEYENNE KS D1 TO D2      125         80          90 
SHERMAN     D1 TO D2      135        110          95 
WALLACE     D1 TO D2      140         70          95  
GREELEY     D1 TO D2      120         70          90 
HITCHCOCK   D1 TO D2      115         60          80               
RAWLINS     D1 TO D2      120         65          85 
THOMAS      D1 TO D2      150         70          85 
LOGAN       D1 TO D2      175         75          90  
WICHITA     D1 TO D2      115         85         100 
RED WILLOW  D1 TO D2      110         60          80 
DECATUR     D1 TO D2      110         70          85 
SHERIDAN    D1 TO D2      175         90         100 
GOVE        D1 TO D2      225         95          95 
NORTON      D1 TO D2      125         75          85 
GRAHAM      D1 TO D2      160         80          90

.STATE AND LOCAL ACTIONS...

ON JULY 13...PRIMARY COUNTY DISASTER DESIGNATION DUE TO DROUGHT WAS 
APPROVED BY THE USDA FOR SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA...AS PART OF A LARGER 
DESIGNATION FOR ALL OF WESTERN NEBRASKA AND MOST OF CENTRAL 
NEBRASKA. THIS WAS IN COORDINATION WITH NEBRASKA GOVERNOR DAVE 
HEINEMAN...THE NEBRASKA FARM SERVICE AGENCY AND OTHER APPROPRIATE 
INDIVIDUALS. THE DESIGNATION PROVIDES AFFECTED PRODUCERS WITH ACCESS 
TO AN EMERGENCY LOW INTEREST LOAN PROGRAM AND OPENS THE DOOR TO THE 
FSA DISASTER SET ASIDE PROGRAM...WHICH ALLOWS EXISTING FSA DIRECT 
LOAN BORROWERS TO DELAY PAYMENT IF THEY ARE UNABLE TO DO SO AS A 
RESULT OF A DISASTER. IT ALSO PROVIDES ACCESS TO THE SMALL BUSINESS 
ADMINISTRATION DISASTER LOAN PROGRAM FOR AFFECTED BUSINESSES...AND 
IT PROVIDES DOCUMENTATION FOR THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE ALLOWING 
PRODUCERS TO DEFER INCOME ON FORCED LIVESTOCK SALES DUE TO THE 
DISASTER. THE DESIGNATION CAN ALSO BE USED TO DETERMINE COUNTY 
ELIGIBILITY FOR OTHER DISASTER FSA PROGRAMS. 

ON JULY 17...COLORADO GOVERNOR BILL OWENS ANNOUNCED THAT UNITED 
STATES SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE MIKE JOHANNS APPROVED 45 COLORADO 
COUNTIES...INCLUDING YUMA...KIT CARSON AND CHEYENNE...FOR PRIMARY 
DISASTER DESIGNATION...DUE TO HEAT...HIGH WINDS...INSECT PESTS...A 
LATE FREEZE...AND ONGOING DROUGHT. THE APPROVAL OF DISASTER 
DESIGNATION ALLOWS AGRICULTURALISTS IN AFFECTED COUNTIES TO APPLY 
FOR LOW INTEREST EMERGENCY LOANS FROM THE FARM SERVICE AGENCY.

.CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THUNDERSTORMS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MAJORITY OF RAINFALL DURING 
THE MONTH OF JUNE. SEVERAL EPISODES OF HEAVY RAINFALL OCCURRED. 
WIDESPREAD STORMS OVERSPREAD THE AREA DURING THE EVENING OF THE 5TH. 
BURLINGTON COLORADO RECEIVED 0.55 INCHES. ISOLATED CONVECTIVE 
ACTIVITY WAS FOUND ACROSS THE REGION AFTER THE 5TH...UNTIL A MORE 
VIGOROUS STORM SYSTEM MID MONTH. HILL CITY KANSAS RECEIVED 0.94 
INCHES ON THE 15TH. ISOLATED AREAS OF HEAVY RAINFALL OCCURRED ON THE 
16TH...INCLUDING GOODLAND KANSAS WITH 2.45 INCHES. ISOLATED TO 
SCATTERED ACTIVITY WAS FOUND THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH WITH THE 
EXCEPTION OF THE 24TH WHICH BROUGHT WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION.

.RESERVOIR AND LAKE LEVELS...

DATA VALID AT THE END OF JUNE 2006.

                     STORAGE CONTENT  
                END OF MONTH LAST MONTH        PERCENT OF 
RESERVOIR        (ACRE-FEET) (ACRE-FEET)     AVERAGE   FULL 
---------------  ----------- -----------     -------   ----
BONNY RESERVOIR     11760       12380           32      28 
SWANSON LAKE        39519       40442           40      35 
KEITH SEBELIUS LAKE  8745        8814           57      25
HARRY STRUNK LAKE   34813       35797           94      98 
ENDERS RESERVOIR    11515       11831           35      27
HUGH BUTLER LAKE    19923       20935           62      55

.PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

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

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

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

THREE MONTH TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...VALID AUGUST THROUGH OCTOBER 
2006...ABOVE NORMAL.

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

SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK...VALID THROUGH OCTOBER 2006. THE ONGOING 
DROUGHT IN THE PLAINS STATES...WHICH EXTENDS FROM TEXAS TO 
WYOMING...SHOULD FOR THE MOST PART PERSIST. SUMMER MONSOON RAINS 
COMING UP FROM THE DESERT SOUTHWEST ARE LIKELY TO OFFER SHORT-TERM 
RELIEF TO PARTS OF THE TRI STATE AREA...BUT HOW FAR EAST THESE RAINS 
WILL REACH IS DIFFICULT TO PREDICT. EASTERN COLORADO STANDS THE BEST 
CHANCE OF SEEING SOME IMPROVEMENT IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS FROM ANY 
SUCH 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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