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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
643 PM MDT SAT SEP 23 2006

...DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...

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

.SYNOPSIS...

IN THE SEPTEMBER 19TH RELEASE OF THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...MODERATE 
DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE INDICATED ACROSS THE ENTIRE TRI STATE AREA. 
THIS WAS AN IMPROVEMENT OF ONE CATEGORY IN MOST AREAS COMPARED TO 
LAST MONTH. 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 SEPTEMBER 19 2006.
PRECIPITATION ENDING AUGUST 31 2006.
                             
            DROUGHT     PERCENT NORMAL OF PRECIPITATION 
COUNTY       LEVEL       1-MONTH    3-MONTH    12-MONTH 
------      --------    ---------  ---------  ---------
YUMA           D1          110         80          80  
KIT CARSON     D1          140        100          95 
CHEYENNE CO    D1          120        130         105 
DUNDY          D1           75         95          75 
CHEYENNE KS    D1          130        105          90 
SHERMAN        D1          200        125         110 
WALLACE        D1          100        110          90  
GREELEY        D1           70         95          85 
HITCHCOCK      D1          120        105          75               
RAWLINS        D1          110         95          80 
THOMAS         D1          100         85          80 
LOGAN          D1           90         80          85  
WICHITA        D1           60         85          90 
RED WILLOW     D1          175        105          80 
DECATUR        D1          160         90          75 
SHERIDAN       D1          110         95          80 
GOVE           D1           60         75          90 
NORTON         D1          175         95          75 
GRAHAM         D1          110         90          70

.STATE AND LOCAL ACTIONS...

NO KNOWN ACTIONS AT THIS TIME.

.CLIMATE SUMMARY...

PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS VARIED ACROSS THE AREA DURING THE MONTH OF 
AUGUST BASED ON THUNDERSTORM COVERAGE...FREQUENCY AND INTENSITY. 
GOODLAND AND HILL CITY KANSAS AS WELL AS MCCOOK NEBRASKA FINISHED 
ABOVE NORMAL AND ALL RECORED OVER 5 INCHES. GOODLAND RECEIVED THREE 
RAINFALL EVENTS IN THE MONTH OF ONE INCH OR MORE....RESULTING IN THE 
FIFTH WETTEST AUGUST ON RECORD. SEVERAL ROUNDS OF THUNDERSTORMS 
DURING A 24 HOUR PERIOD ON THE 16TH AND 17TH PROVIDED 3.02 INCHES TO 
HILL CITY. MEANWHILE...BURLINGTON COLORADO CONTINUED BELOW NORMAL 
WITH A MONTHLY TOTAL OF 1.94 INCHES...ABOUT A HALF INCH BELOW 
NORMAL...AND A YEARLY TOTAL OF 6.52 INCHES. COOP REPORTS FOR THE 
MONTH WERE SIMILAR IN PATTERN TO STATIONS MENTIONED ABOVE. NORMAL 
PRECIPITATION FOR AUGUST RANGES FROM TWO AND A HALF INCHES IN THE 
WESTERN PORTION OF THE AREA TO AROUND THREE INCHES IN THE EASTERN 
PORTION. 

.RESERVOIR AND LAKE LEVELS...

DATA VALID AT THE END OF AUGUST 2006.

                     STORAGE CONTENT  
                END OF MONTH LAST MONTH        PERCENT OF 
RESERVOIR        (ACRE-FEET) (ACRE-FEET)     AVERAGE   FULL 
---------------  ----------- -----------     -------   ----
BONNY RESERVOIR     10519       11160           30      25 
SWANSON LAKE        37932       37959           56      34 
KEITH SEBELIUS LAKE  7994        8206           62      23
HARRY STRUNK LAKE   16597       22427           72      46 
ENDERS RESERVOIR    10832       11253           59      25
HUGH BUTLER LAKE    11881       14230           46      33

.PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE LATEST OUTLOOKS WERE MADE BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER ON 
SEPTEMBER 21.

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

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

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

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

SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK...VALID THROUGH DECEMBER 2006. INDICATIONS 
ARE THAT FURTHER IMPROVEMENT WILL TAKE PLACE OVER MANY REMAINING 
DROUGHT AREAS IN THE GREAT PLAINS...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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