How Dry Has It Been?



How Dry Has It Been?

2000-2005

Overview

With a severe to exceptional drought crippling many areas of the Southern Plains, how does the Tri-State Region compare? Looking back during the past six years (2000-2005), most locations have been below normal in precipitation. Let’s take a closer look at a few locations across the region...


Normal Annual Rainfall Amounts
Goodland, KS
Burlington, CO
Hill City, KS
McCook, NE
19.76 in
16.48 in
22.45 in
21.62 in


Annual Rainfall Amounts (2000-2005)

Goodland, Kansas
Year
Total (in)
Departure
2000
18.58 in
- 1.18 in
2001
17.06 in
- 2.70 in
2002
9.89 in
- 9.87 in
2003
13.87 in
- 5.89 in
2004
21.51 in
+ 1.75 in
2005
16.08 in
- 3.68 in
6-Yr Total
96.99 in
- 21.57 in
Average
16.17 in
- 3.59 in

Burlington, Colorado
Year
Total (in)
Departure
2000
17.68 in
+ 1.20 in
2001
12.40 in
- 4.08 in
2002
9.06 in
- 7.42 in
2003
16.11 in
- 0.37 in
2004
16.91 in
+ 0.43 in
2005
15.84 in
- 0.64 in
6-Yr Total
88.00 in
- 10.88 in
Average
14.67 in
- 1.81 in

Hill City, Kansas
Year
Total (in)
Departure
2000
20.03 in
- 2.42 in
2001
19.00 in
- 3.45 in
2002
10.63 in
- 11.82 in
2003
15.02 in
- 7.43 in
2004
19.80 in
- 2.65 in
2005
26.05 in
+ 3.60 in
6-Yr Total
110.53 in
- 24.17 in
Average
18.42 in
- 4.03 in

McCook, Nebraska
Year
Total (in)
Departure
2000
19.63 in
- 1.99 in
2001
18.66 in
- 2.96 in
2002
9.33 in
- 12.29 in
2003
18.70 in
- 2.92 in
2004
26.08 in
+ 4.46 in
2005
21.89 in
+ 0.27 in
6-Yr Total
114.29 in
- 15.43 in
Average
19.04 in
- 2.58 in


Average Departure From Normal (2000-05)


As noted above... most locations over the past six years averaged below normal in precipitation. The most severe dry period came in 2002 where many locations received only half of the normal precipitation expected annually. During the last two years, a few areas have seen above normal values. For instance, McCook, NE finished above normal in precipitation during 2004 and 2005. In contrast, both Goodland and Hill City have seen the six year deficit to total over an entire normal year of precipitation. Currently, most of the region is not classified under drought conditions.



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