Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Dodge City, KS

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DODGE CITY KS
811 AM CDT SUN APR 19 2015

...DROUGHT WORSENS...

OVERVIEW...

THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR ISSUED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF
AGRICULTURE ON APRIL 16TH SHOWS A CONTINUED DROUGHT ACROSS MUCH OF
SOUTHWEST AND SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS. AREAS ALONG AND SOUTH FROM
MORTON COUNTY TO BARBER COUNTY ARE IN D3 (EXTREME) DROUGHT. AREAS
ALONG AND SOUTH OF KEARNY TO PRATT COUNTIES ARE IN D2 (SEVERE)
DROUGHT. A SMALL AREA OF FINNEY TO FORD COUNTIES ARE IN D0
(ABNORMALLY DRY) DROUGHT. YEARLY PRECIPITATION ANOMALIES ARE -0.78
AT DODGE CITY, -1.88 AT GARDEN CITY, AND -0.40 AT MEDICINE LODGE.

 CURRENT ENSO SATE...

EL NINO CONDITIONS ARE CONTINUING RIGHT NOW. THIS IS EXPECTED TO
CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. THE OFFICIAL FORECAST FROM THE CPC
CALLS FOR NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND NEAR TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION, PARTICULARLY FOR FAR SOUTHWEST KANSAS.

HYDROLOGIC IMPACTS...

RECENT RAINFALL HAS LED TO WATER FLOWS IN RIVERS AND STREAMS. LOCAL
FLOODING IS STILL POSSIBLE IN ASSOCIATION WITH ADDITIONAL HEAVY
THUNDERSTORM PRECIPITATION.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

FUELS WILL CONTINUE TO BE SUPPORTIVE FOR ACTIVE FIRE BEHAVIOR EVERY
NOW AND THEN.

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS...

SOIL MOISTURE DEFICITS ARE NEAR NORMAL FOR MUCH OF THE REGION,
EXCEPT TOWARDS SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS WHERE VALUES ARE 0.7 INCHES
BELOW NORMAL PER CPC THROUGH MARCH 2015.

OUTLOOK...

THE SEASONAL DROUGHT LOOK CALLS FOR CONTINUED DROUGHT ACROSS FAR
WESTERN KANSAS WITH SOME IMPROVEMENT IN THE DROUGHT FOR CENTRAL
KANSAS.

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