Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Topeka, KS

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DROUGHT STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
1101 PM CDT THU APR 24 2014

...2014 STARTING DRY AND BRINGING BACK DROUGHT...

SYNOPSIS...

THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT
HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM. 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 APRIL 24...INDICATED D2 FOR
ALL OR PORTIONS OF REPUBLIC...CLOUD...OTTAWA...CLAY...DICKINSON...
GEARY...LYON...AND COFFEY COUNTIES...WITH D1 ELSEWHERE.

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 LOCAL MITIGATION ACTIONS.
A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR EMERGENCY USE OF STATE FISHING
LAKE WATER HAS BEEN PUT IN PLACE FOR THE ENTIRE STATE.

SOIL MOISTURE.
ACCORDING TO THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...SOIL MOISTURE DEFICITS
ARE COMMONLY TWO TO THREE INCHES BELOW NORMAL.THE KANSAS AGRICULTURAL
STATISTICS SERVICE REPORTS TOPSOIL MOISTURE SUPPLIES WERE 50 TO 60
PERCENT SHORT OR VERY SHORT.

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS.
FOR THE STATE...THE KANSAS AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE REPORTS
THE CONDITION OF 20 TO 30 PERCENT OF THE WINTER WHEAT CROP TO BE
POOR OR VERY POOR. STOCK WATER SUPPLIES WERE 40 TO 50 PERCENT SHORT
TO VERY SHORT.

WATER RESTRICTIONS.
WATER RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN ENACTED OR CONSERVATION OF WATER
REQUESTED BY MANY LOCAL ENTITIES INCLUDING THE CITIES OF
ABILENE...BALDWIN CITY...BENNINGTON...BERN...BURLINGAME...
CIRCLEVILLE...CONCORDIA...DENNISON...GARNETT...HARVEYVILLE...
HERINGTON...HOLTON...HOYT...LAWRENCE...LEBO...LYNDON...MAYETTA...
MCLOUTH...MELVERN...MERIDEN...MORGANVILLE...NETAWAKA...NORTONVILLE...
OSAGE CITY...OTTAWA...POMONA...PRINCETON...QUENEMO...RANTOUL...
ROSSVILLE...SENECA...SOLDIER...VALLEY FALLS...WAVERLY...WELLSVILLE...
WHITING...WILLIAMSBURG...AND THE KICKAPOO TRIBE IN BROWN COUNTY.


CLIMATE SUMMARY...

BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION HAS BEEN THE RULE SINCE AUTUMN...BUT
ESPECIALLY SO IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS...WHEN PRECIPITATION IS
TYPICALLY HEAVIER. TOTAL PRECIPITATION SINCE EARLY FEBRUARY HAS BEEN
LESS THAN HALF OF NORMAL FOR MUCH OF THE AREA...AND LESS THAN ONE
QUARTER OF NORMAL IN MUCH OF NORTH CENTRAL AND EAST CENTRAL KANSAS.
FREQUENT OCCURRENCES OF VERY DRY AND WINDY ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS IN
RECENT MONTHS HAVE ONLY WORSENED CONDITIONS.


PRECIPITATION TOTALS IN INCHES FOR JANUARY 1 THROUGH APRIL 22 2014

                                   DEPARTURE      PERCENT
EAST CENTRAL KANSAS...  AMOUNT    FROM NORMAL    OF NORMAL
TOPEKA                    3.78       -3.31          53
LAWRENCE                  4.00       -3.86          51
OTTAWA                    3.65       -4.34          46
EMPORIA 3NW               1.89       -4.93          28
COUNCIL GROVE LAKE        3.30       -3.52          48
MILFORD LAKE              2.57       -3.57          42
ESKRIDGE                  3.84       -3.79          50
GARNETT 1E                4.14       -4.35          49
POMONA LAKE               2.85       -5.00          36

NORTHEAST KANSAS...
MANHATTAN KSU             3.17       -3.19          50
MARYSVILLE                2.49       -3.74          40
HORTON                    3.77       -3.19          54
PERRY LAKE                4.78       -2.41          66

NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS...
CLAY CENTER               2.34       -3.49          40
CONCORDIA                 2.00       -3.08          39
MINNEAPOLIS               2.22       -3.67          38
BELLEVILLE                1.54       -4.04          28
WASHINGTON                2.38       -3.80          39

CENTRAL KANSAS...
ABILENE                   2.90       -3.86          43
HERINGTON                 2.44       -4.71          34


PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE U.S. SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK INDICATES THE DROUGHT IS LIKELY
TO END OR IMPROVE BY THE END OF JULY. FOR MAY...THE CLIMATE
PREDICTION CENTER INDICATES A SLIGHTLY GREATER THAN EQUAL CHANCE FOR
TEMPERATURES TO BE ABOVE NORMAL ALONG AND SOUTH OF INTERSTATE
70...WITH EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE...NEAR...AND BELOW NORMAL
PRECIPITATION.

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 TWO FEET BELOW TO FIVE FEET ABOVE CONSERVATION OR
IRRIGATION POOL LEVELS. THE LATEST HYDROLOGIC PROBABILISTIC OUTLOOKS
INDICATE FLOODING IS POSSIBLE FOR MANY AREA CREEKS AND RIVERS
THROUGH LATE JULY.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT IS EXPECTED TO BE UPDATED IN EARLY MAY.

&&

RELATED WEB SITES...

ALL LINKS SHOULD BE IN LOWER CASE LETTERS.

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR - HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM/MONITOR.HTML
NOAA DROUGHT PAGE - HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.NOAA.GOV/
HIGH PLAINS REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER - HTTP://WWW.HPRCC.UNL.EDU/
KANSAS STATE CLIMATOLOGIST - HTTP://WWW.KSRE.KSU.EDU/WDL/
KANSAS WATER OFFICE - HTTP://WWW.KWO.ORG/INDEX.HTM
U.S.D.A. NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE -
     HTTP://WWW.NASS.USDA.GOV/STATISTICS_BY_STATE/KANSAS/INDEX.ASP
RIVER INFORMATION...
     NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE - HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS/
     U.S. GEOLOGIC SURVEY - HTTP://WATER.USGS.GOV/
     CORPS OF ENGINEERS - HTTP://RIVERGAGES.COM/
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER - HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TOPEKA - HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/TOPEKA

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 OBSERVATIONS SITES...STATE COOPERATIVE
EXTENSION SERVICES...THE USDA...COE...AND USGS.

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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