It's been very dry the past 8 months!

As many folks would attest to, it's been very dry the past 8 months across much of the region.  In fact, out of the past 8 months at the airport in Dodge City, only one month (November) was above average on precipitation.

Precipitation at Dodge City

 

Actual Normal
Aug 1.92" 2.73"
Sep 0.16" 1.70"
Oct 1.12" 1.45"
Nov 1.27" 1.01"
Dec 0.41" 0.77"
Jan 0.34" 0.52"
Feb 0.25" 0.73"
Mar 0.73" 0.95"

The total of 6.20" at the Dodge City airport since August 1, 2010 is 3.66" below average and ranks as the driest 21st similar periods.

The top 25 driest August through March periods at Dodge City

Other areas of southwest Kansas have even been dryer.  As March data trickles in, this story will be updated including the preciptation amounts at other stations.

Below is a map showing the estimated precipitation since October 1, 2010 across the region.  (Image found at http://water.weather.gov/precip/)

Estimated precipitation since October 1, 2010.

The following map shows the departure from "normal" since October 1, 2010.

 Depature from Normal since October 1, 2010

 

Contact: Jeff Hutton (jeff.hutton@noaa.gov)



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