Drought Information Statement
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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Topeka KS
333 PM CDT Sat Sep 16 2017

...SEVERE DROUGHT DEVELOPS IN PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST KANSAS...

SYNOPSIS...

The U.S. Drought Monitor is available online at
http://www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu/.  It is a collaborative effort
between several government and academic partners. The U.S. Drought
Monitor is issued each Thursday morning and takes into account hydro-
meteorological data through 7 AM Tuesday.   There are four levels of
drought:  D1 (Moderate), D2 (Severe), D3 (Extreme), and D4
(Exceptional).

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor, issued Thursday, September 14
includes Severe Drought (D2) in portions of Marshall and Nemaha
counties and Moderate Drought (D1) surrounding this area in these
counties as well as in small portions of Washington, Ottawa, and
Dickinson counties.

Dry conditions for much of the summer months in northeast, north
central, and central Kansas has persisted into the early fall.

In an Exceptional Drought (D4), exceptional and widespread crop and
pasture losses result. An exceptional fire danger exists, and
shortages of water in reservoirs, streams, and wells occur causing
water emergencies.

In an Extreme Drought (D3), major crop and pasture losses are
likely.  An extreme fire danger exists, and widespread water
shortages and restrictions are possible.

In a Severe Drought (D2), crop and pasture losses are high, a very
high fire danger exists, and water restrictions may be required with
water shortages common.

In a Moderate Drought (D1), some damage to crops and pasture is
possible.  A high fire danger exists.  Some water shortages develop
or are imminent, and voluntary water use restrictions may be
requested.


SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

State and Location Mitigation Actions.
None are known at this time.

Soil Moisture.
According to the Climate Prediction Center, soil moisture deficits
are two to three inches below normal in much of the drought area.
The Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reports topsoil moisture
supplies were 40 to 50 short or very short.

Agricultural Impacts.
For the state, the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reports
the condition of 10 to 20 percent of the corn and soybean crops was
poor to very poor.  The condition of 10 to 20 percent of range and
pasture are poor to very poor.  Stock water supplies were 10 to 20
percent short to very short.

Water Restrictions.
No known water conservation plans or restrictions have been enacted.


Climate Summary...

Significant precipitation has been infrequent from central to north
central and northeast Kansas for much of the summer, with many
locations receiving less than half of the amount of precipitation
that normal falls during the season. Temperatures have not varied
far from typical values, but this lack of precipitation has allowed
drought to develop.


Precipitation totals in inches for June 1 through September 12 2017

                                    Departure       Percent
North Central Kansas...  Amount    From Normal    Of Normal
Belleville                7.78       -5.52           58
Washington                5.48       -9.18           37
Concordia                 9.10       -3.17           74
Clay Center               9.69       -3.33           74
Minneapolis               6.03       -7.65           44

Northeast Kansas...
Marysville                6.30       -8.98           41
Lillis                    8.84       -6.36           58
Manhattan KSU            11.12       -4.55           71
Fostoria 7NW             11.09       -4.23           72

Central Kansas...
Abilene                   6.68       -6.99           49
Herington                10.86       -3.49           76


Average Temperature in Degrees Fahrenheit for June 1 through
September 12 2017
                                         Departure
North Central Kansas...  Temperature    From Normal
Belleville                  74.1           -0.7
Washington                  75.7            0.0
Concordia                   75.3           -0.7
Clay Center                 76.1           -0.1
Minneapolis                 77.5            0.7

Northeast Kansas...
Marysville                  76.6            1.0
Manhattan                   75.7           -1.3

Central Kansas...
Abilene                     79.0            0.1
Herington                   74.1           -2.0


Precipitation/Temperature Outlook...

The Climate Prediction Center indicates slightly above equal chances
for precipitation to be below normal in September and equal chances
for precipitation to be above, near, and below normal for the autumn
season.  There are equal chances for temperatures to be above, near,
and below normal for both September and the autumn season.

Hydrologic Summary and Outlook...

The U.S. Geological Survey indicates streamflows of area rivers and
creeks range from near normal to much below normal.  The latest lake
water level readings from the Corps of Engineers indicate levels of
three feet above normal to one foot below conservation or irrigation
pool levels.  The latest Probabilistic Hydrologic Outlooks indicate
flooding is possible though unlikely through late November.

Next Issuance Date...

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Related Web Sites...

National Weather Service, Topeka - http://weather.gov/Topeka U.S.
U.S. Drought Monitor - http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/ U.S. Drought
Portal - https://www.drought.gov/drought/ High Plains Regional
Climate Center - https://hprcc.unl.edu/ Kansas State Climatologist -
http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/wdl/ Kansas Water Office -
http://www.kwo.org/ U.S.D.A. National Agricultural Statistics
Service -    http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Kansas/
River Information...   National Weather Service -
http://water.weather.gov/   U.S. Geologic Survey -
https://www.usgs.gov/   Corps of Engineers - http://rivergages.com/
Climate Prediction Center - http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

Acknowledgments...

The Drought Monitor is a multi-agency effort involving NOAA`s
National Weather Service and National Centers for Environmental
Information, the U.S.D.A, 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 U.S.D.A., C.O.E., and
U.S.G.S.

Questions or Comments...

If you have any questions or comments about this drought
information, please contact...

   National Weather Service
   1116 NE Strait Ave.
   Topeka KS 66616

Telephone - 785-234-2592
E-mail - w-top.webmaster@noaa.gov

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