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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
848 AM MDT THU AUG 24 2006

...DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...

...LATEST SEASONAL OUTLOOK INDICATES DROUGHT LIKELY TO IMPROVE AND 
IMPACTS TO EASE IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS...

.SYNOPSIS...

IN THE AUGUST 15TH 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. 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 AUGUST 15 2006.
PRECIPITATION ENDING JULY 31 2006.
                             
            DROUGHT     PERCENT NORMAL OF PRECIPITATION 
COUNTY       LEVEL       1-MONTH    3-MONTH    12-MONTH 
------      --------    ---------  ---------  ---------
YUMA        D1 TO D2       75         60          80  
KIT CARSON  D1 TO D2      100         80          85 
CHEYENNE CO D1 TO D2      150        105          95 
DUNDY       D1 TO D2       90         80          85 
CHEYENNE KS D1 TO D2       60         85          90 
SHERMAN     D1 TO D2       40         95          95 
WALLACE     D1 TO D2       80         80          85  
GREELEY     D1 TO D2       85         85          95 
HITCHCOCK   D1 TO D2       70         75          80               
RAWLINS     D1 TO D2       50         70          85 
THOMAS      D1 TO D2       35         65          80 
LOGAN       D1 TO D2       35         70          85  
WICHITA     D1 TO D2       70         85          95 
RED WILLOW  D1 TO D2       50         65          80 
DECATUR     D1 TO D2       25         60          75 
SHERIDAN    D1 TO D2       20         80          80 
GOVE        D1 TO D2       30         85          95 
NORTON      D1 TO D2       25         60          80 
GRAHAM      D1 TO D2       15         60          75

.STATE AND LOCAL ACTIONS...

NO KNOWN ACTIONS AT THIS TIME.

.CLIMATE SUMMARY...

SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE 
RAINFALL DURING THE MONTH OF JULY. BOTH BURLINGTON AND GOODLAND 
RECEIVED THEIR HIGHEST RAINFALL TOTALS ON THE 26TH WITH 0.33 AND 
0.55 INCHES RESPECTIVELY. TWO DAYS OF THUNDERSTORMS PROVIDED 1.10 
INCHES OF RAIN AT MCCOOK ON THE 20TH AND 21ST. HILL CITY RECEIVED 
ITS HIGHEST AMOUNT OF PRECIPITATION ON THE 9TH WITH 1.06 INCHES. 

MONTHLY PRECIPITATION TOTALS FOR THE MONTH VARIED ACROSS THE AREA. 
IN SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA AND NORTHWEST KANSAS...MONTHLY TOTALS WERE ONE 
TO TWO INCHES BELOW NORMAL. BURLINGTON REMAINED EXCEPTIONALLY DRY 
WITH ONLY 0.57 INCHES FOR THE MONTH...2.20 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THE 
ONLY PART OF THE TRI STATE AREA WHICH RECEIVED ABOVE NORMAL 
PRECIPITATION WERE WESTERN PORTIONS OF KIT CARSON AND CHEYENNE 
COUNTIES IN COLORADO. 

.RESERVOIR AND LAKE LEVELS...

DATA VALID AT THE END OF JULY 2006.

                     STORAGE CONTENT  
                END OF MONTH LAST MONTH        PERCENT OF 
RESERVOIR        (ACRE-FEET) (ACRE-FEET)     AVERAGE   FULL 
---------------  ----------- -----------     -------   ----
BONNY RESERVOIR     11160       11760           31      27 
SWANSON LAKE        37959       39519           46      34 
KEITH SEBELIUS LAKE  8206        8745           60      24
HARRY STRUNK LAKE   22427       34813           76      63 
ENDERS RESERVOIR    11253       11515           45      26
HUGH BUTLER LAKE    14230       19923           49      39

.PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE LATEST OUTLOOKS WERE MADE BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER ON 
AUGUST 17.

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

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

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

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

SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK...VALID THROUGH NOVEMBER 2006. THE FIRST 
HALF OF AUGUST SAW A WELCOMED RESPITE FROM DRY WEATHER ACROSS MANY 
DROUGHT AFFECTED AREAS OF THE GREAT PLAINS. THE OUTLOOK INDICATES 
THAT MANY OF THESE SAME AREAS WILL SEE CONTINUED DROUGHT IMPROVEMENT 
INTO AUTUMN...INCLUDING THE TRI STATE AREA. 

.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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