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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
934 AM MDT MON APR 2 2007

...DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...

...TRI STATE AREA REMAINS DROUGHT-FREE...

.SYNOPSIS...

IN THE MARCH 27TH RELEASE OF THE U.S. DROUGHT 
MONITOR...ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS WERE INDICATED ACROSS NORTHERN 
PARTS OF THE TRI STATE AREA...MAINLY ACROSS SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA. NO 
DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE INDICATED IN 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 
PERCENT WOULD BE THE CLIMATOLOGICAL NORMAL...A VALUE OF 50 PERCENT 
WOULD BE HALF OF NORMAL AND CONSIDERED DRY...WHILE A VALUE OF 200 
PERCENT WOULD BE TWICE NORMAL AND CONSIDERED VERY WET. 

DROUGHT LEVEL AS OF MARCH 27 2007.
PRECIPITATION ENDING MARCH 31 2007.
                             
                          PERCENT NORMAL OF PRECIPITATION 
               DROUGHT    -------------------------------
  COUNTY    |   LEVEL    | 1-MONTH | 3-MONTH  | 12-MONTH |
------------ ------------ --------- ---------- ----------
YUMA        | NONE TO D0 |    65   |     75   |    100   |
KIT CARSON  | NONE       |    50   |     70   |    105   |
CHEYENNE CO | NONE       |    60   |     70   |    115   |
DUNDY       | NONE TO D0 |   130   |    120   |    100   |
CHEYENNE KS | NONE TO D0 |   175   |    140   |    115   |
SHERMAN     | NONE       |   200   |    150   |    130   |
WALLACE     | NONE       |   140   |    130   |    110   |
GREELEY     | NONE       |   130   |    125   |    115   |
HITCHCOCK   | NONE TO D0 |   100   |     80   |    105   |             
RAWLINS     | NONE TO D0 |    50   |     90   |    105   |
THOMAS      | NONE       |    70   |     90   |    100   |
LOGAN       | NONE       |   140   |    125   |    105   |
WICHITA     | NONE       |   175   |    150   |    135   |
RED WILLOW  | NONE TO D0 |   100   |    110   |    110   |
DECATUR     | NONE TO D0 |    70   |    300   |    115   |
SHERIDAN    | NONE       |    90   |    200   |    115   |
GOVE        | NONE       |   150   |    125   |    120   |
NORTON      | NONE TO D0 |    95   |    175   |    110   |
GRAHAM      | NONE       |   130   |    150   |    115   |

.STATE AND LOCAL ACTIONS...

NO KNOWN ACTIONS AT THIS TIME.

.CLIMATE SUMMARY...

A CALM TO AVERAGE WEATHER PATTERN OCCURRED IN FEBRUARY. 
PRECIPITATION WAS NEAR TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL IN THE WESTERN PART 
OF THE AREA...BUT BELOW NORMAL IN THE EASTERN PART. TEMPERATURES 
WERE MUCH BELOW NORMAL ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA.

DEEP LOW PRESSURE NEAR HUDSON BAY DOMINATED THE EARLY FEBRUARY 
WEATHER PATTERN ACROSS NORTH AMERICA. THIS KEPT THE LOCAL AREA COLD 
AND DRY. THIS LOW BEGAN TO WEAKEN AND MOVE EAST AROUND THE 10TH OF 
FEBRUARY...AND AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE MOVING OUT OF SOUTHERN 
CALIFORNIA AND ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS BROUGHT 2 TO 4 INCHES OF 
LIGHT SNOW TO THE AREA ON THE 12TH. COLD AND CLOUDY WEATHER WITH 
OCCASIONAL LIGHT SNOW CONTINUED FOR SEVERAL DAYS THROUGH THE 16TH. 
THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH WAS DOMINATED BY UPPER LEVEL RIDGING OVER 
THE CENTRAL ROCKIES OR FAST WESTERLY FLOW...GENERALLY BRINGING 
RELATIVELY WARMER CONDITIONS TO THE AREA AND A COUPLE OF FAST MOVING 
DISTURBANCES WITH LIGHT SNOW. ONE SUCH SYSTEM BROUGHT A COUPLE OF 
INCHES ON THE 24TH AS IT ZIPPED ACROSS SOUTHERN KANSAS...AND A 
SECOND AND WEAKER SYSTEM BROUGHT GENERALLY LESS THAN AN INCH ON THE 
28TH.

.RESERVOIR AND LAKE LEVELS...

DATA VALID AT THE END OF FEBRUARY 2007.

                      STORAGE CONTENT  
                      ---------------             PERCENT OF
                END OF MONTH | LAST MONTH       --------------  
RESERVOIR        (ACRE-FEET) | (ACRE-FEET)      AVERAGE | FULL 
---------------  ------------ ------------      -------- -----
BONNY RESERVOIR     10810    |    10113           30    |  26 
SWANSON LAKE        39547    |    36916           48    |  35 
KEITH SEBELIUS LAKE 10985    |     8330           80    |  32
HARRY STRUNK LAKE   32574    |    25211           98    |  94 
ENDERS RESERVOIR    11639    |    11311           39    |  27
HUGH BUTLER LAKE    15481    |    13743           52    |  43

.PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE LATEST OUTLOOKS WERE MADE BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER ON 
MARCH 31.

ONE MONTH TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...VALID APRIL 2007...EQUAL CHANCES OF 
BELOW NORMAL...NEAR NORMAL...OR ABOVE NORMAL.

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

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

THREE MONTH PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK...VALID APRIL THROUGH JUNE 
2007...EQUAL CHANCES OF BELOW NORMAL...NEAR NORMAL...OR ABOVE NORMAL.

SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK...VALID THROUGH JUNE 2007...CONTINUED 
IMPROVEMENT IN DRY AREAS...NO DROUGHT EXPECTED TO DEVELOP.

.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 FIRST OF 
EACH MONTH...OR MORE FREQUENTLY IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.

$$
JDK

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