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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
158 AM MST TUE JAN 23 2007

...DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...

...DROUGHT AREAS SHRINK WITH MUCH ABOVE NORMAL DECEMBER PRECIPITATION...

.SYNOPSIS...

IN THE JANUARY 18TH RELEASE OF THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...ABNORMALLY 
DRY TO MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE INDICATED ACROSS NORTHERN 
PARTS OF THE TRI STATE AREA. IMPACTS FROM THIS DROUGHT WERE MAINLY 
HYDROLOGICAL. NO DROUGHT WAS INDICATED IN SOUTHERN PARTS OF THE TRI 
STATE AREA.

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 JANUARY 18 2007.
PRECIPITATION ENDING DECEMBER 31 2006.
                             
            DROUGHT     PERCENT NORMAL OF PRECIPITATION 
COUNTY       LEVEL       1-MONTH    3-MONTH    12-MONTH 
------      --------    ---------  ---------  ---------
YUMA        D0 TO D1      >400        150          75  
KIT CARSON  NONE TO D0    >500        250          95 
CHEYENNE CO NONE          >500       >300         105 
DUNDY       D0 TO D1      >300        150          90 
CHEYENNE KS D0 TO D1      >400        175         100 
SHERMAN     NONE TO D0    >600        250         120 
WALLACE     NONE          >800        275          95  
GREELEY     NONE          >800       >300         110 
HITCHCOCK   D0 TO D1      >400        175          95               
RAWLINS     D0 TO D1      >400        200          95 
THOMAS      NONE TO D0    >600        250         100 
LOGAN       NONE          >800       >300         100  
WICHITA     NONE          >800       >300         130 
RED WILLOW  D0 TO D1      >400        200          95 
DECATUR     D0 TO D1      >600        250          95 
SHERIDAN    NONE TO D0    >800        275         100 
GOVE        NONE          >800       >300         115 
NORTON      D0 TO D1      >600        200          95 
GRAHAM      NONE TO D0    >600        250         100

.STATE AND LOCAL ACTIONS...

NO KNOWN ACTIONS AT THIS TIME.

.CLIMATE SUMMARY...

TWO SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORMS AFFECTED THE TRI STATE AREA DURING THE 
MONTH OF DECEMBER. THE FIRST STORM ARRIVED ON THE 19TH AND LINGERED 
THROUGH THE 21ST. LOCATIONS ACROSS FAR EASTERN COLORADO RECEIVED 
BETWEEN 10 AND 14 INCHES OF SNOW...WITH 4 TO 10 INCHES ACROSS 
NORTHWEST KANSAS AND SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA. EXTREME EASTERN PARTS OF 
THE AREA RECEIVED MAINLY FREEZING RAIN. ANOTHER STRONG WINTER STORM 
AFFECTED THE REGION BETWEEN THE 28TH AND 31ST OF THE MONTH. ONCE 
AGAIN...EASTERN SECTIONS RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATIONS 
WHILE FURTHER WEST LARGE SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OCCURRED. A LARGE PORTION 
OF NORTHWEST KANSAS RECORDED ONE FOOT OR MORE OF SNOWFALL DURING THE 
EVENT...WHILE AREAS OF WALLACE COUNTY KANSAS RECEIVED 2 TO 3 FEET OF 
SNOW. IN TOTAL...DECEMBER SAW MUCH ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IN A 
MONTH WHICH IS CLIMATOLOGICALLY ONE OF THE DRIEST OF THE YEAR. 

.RESERVOIR AND LAKE LEVELS...

DATA VALID AT THE END OF DECEMBER 2006.

                     STORAGE CONTENT  
                END OF MONTH LAST MONTH        PERCENT OF 
RESERVOIR        (ACRE-FEET) (ACRE-FEET)     AVERAGE   FULL 
---------------  ----------- -----------     -------   ----
BONNY RESERVOIR      9935        9797           29      24 
SWANSON LAKE        36310       36153           50      32 
KEITH SEBELIUS LAKE  8115        7680           63      24
HARRY STRUNK LAKE   23751       21226           81      67 
ENDERS RESERVOIR    11074       10776           44      26
HUGH BUTLER LAKE    13105       12683           47      36

.PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

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

ONE MONTH TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...VALID FEBRUARY 2007...ABOVE NORMAL.

ONE MONTH PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK...VALID FEBRUARY 2007...EQUAL 
CHANCES OF BELOW NORMAL...NEAR NORMAL...OR ABOVE NORMAL.

THREE MONTH TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...VALID FEBRUARY THROUGH APRIL 
2007...ABOVE NORMAL.

THREE MONTH PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK...VALID FEBRUARY THROUGH APRIL 
2007...ABOVE NORMAL.

SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK...VALID THROUGH APRIL 2007...DROUGHT 
CONDITIONS EXPECTED TO IMPROVE. 

.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

.ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

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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