Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Kansas City/Pleasant Hill, MO

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
1111 AM CDT THU APR 24 2014

...DROUGHT BEGINNING TO EXPAND ACROSS EASTERN KANSAS AND WESTERN
MISSOURI...

.SYNOPSIS...

IT WAS A DRY WEEK WITH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES. MOST OF
NORTHWESTERN MISSOURI AND EASTERN KANSAS ONLY SAW 25% OR LESS OF THE
NORMAL AMOUNT OF PRECIPITATION FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. ALSO... RECENT
REPORTS FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE INDICATE THAT
DESPITE AN IMPROVEMENT IN SURFACE MOISTURE CONDITIONS... 71% OF THE
SUBSOIL MOISTURE SUPPLY FOR NORTHWESTERN MISSOURI WAS EITHER SHORT
OR VERY SHORT... A SIGNIFICANT DEGRADATION. THE RESULT OF THIS DRY
AND WARM WEATHER AND THE DETERIORATING SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS IS
THAT MODERATE DROUGHT EXPANDED SLIGHTLY TO THE EAST... ENCOMPASSING
MORE OF EASTERN AND PARTS OF WEST CENTRAL MISSOURI. ADDITIONALLY,
ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS EXPANDED THROUGH CENTRAL MISSOURI.

.LOCAL AREAS AFFECTED...

ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) - PORTIONS OF NORTHEASTERN KANSAS...
NORTHWESTERN... NORTHERN AND NORTHEASTERN MISSOURI AND PORTIONS OF
WEST CENTRAL AND CENTRAL MISSOURI.

COUNTIES INCLUDED IN THE ABNORMALLY DRY AREA...

IN MISSOURI: A PART OF OR ALL OF HOLT... NODAWAY... WORTH...
HARRISON... MERCER... PUTNAM... SCHUYLER... ANDREW... GENTRY...
DAVIESS... GRUNDY... SULLIVAN... ADAIR... BUCHANAN... DEKALB...
CALDWELL... LIVINGSTON... LINN... MACON... PLATTE... CLINTON...
CLAY... RAY... CARROLL... CHARITON... RANDOLPH... JACKSON...
LAFAYETTE... SALINE... CASS... JOHNSON... PETTIS... COOPER...
BATES... AND HENRY.

IN KANSAS: A PART OF OR ALL OF DONIPHAN... ATCHISON...
LEAVENWORTH... WYANDOTTE... AND JOHNSON.

MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) - PORTIONS OF EXTREME NORTHWESTERN AND WEST
CENTRAL MISSOURI... AND EASTERN KANSAS.

COUNTIES INCLUDED IN THE MODERATE DROUGHT AREA...

IN MISSOURI: A PART OF OR ALL OF ATCHISON...NODAWAY... HOLT...
CASS... BATES... AND HENRY.

IN KANSAS: A PART OF OR ALL OF DONIPHAN... ATCHISON... WYANDOTTE...
LEAVENWORTH... JOHNSON... MIAMI... AND LINN.

FOR THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR INFORMATION GO TO:
HTTP://DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU/

.STATE AND LOCAL ACTIONS...MISSOURI AND EASTERN KANSAS HAVE BEEN
REMOVED FROM ANY FEDERAL DROUGHT DISASTER DECLARATION. THE STATE OF
KANSAS CONTINUES A DROUGHT WARNING DECLARATION FOR NORTHEASTERN AND
EAST CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE STATE.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR THE STATE OF MISSOURI CAN BE OBTAINED
FROM THE FOLLOWING SITE:
HTTP://WWW.DNR.MO.GOV/ENV/WRC/DROUGHTUPDATE.HTM

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING KANSAS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE
KANSAS WATER OFFICE WEB SITE AT: HTTP://WWW.KWO.ORG/

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATIONS DUE TO
THE DROUGHT AND DROUGHT ASSISTANCE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT THE
FARM SERVICE AGENCY HOMEPAGE AT: WWW.FSA.USDA.GOV

.CLIMATE SUMMARY...BELOW ARE SOME PRECIPITATION TOTALS FROM SELECTED
LOCATIONS ACROSS MISSOURI AND KANSAS:

JANUARY 1ST 2014 TO APRIL 24TH 2014.

LOCATION            PRECIP          NORMAL   DEPARTURE  % NORMAL
--------           --------         ------   ---------  --------
KANSAS CITY (MCI)   4.61            7.55      -2.94       61
KANSAS CITY (MKC)   2.80            7.43      -4.63       38
OLATHE (IXD)        2.30            7.94      -5.64       29
ST. JOSEPH          3.60            6.35      -2.75       57
LEE`S SUMMIT        4.34            7.82      -3.48       55
OLATHE (OJC)        3.40            8.27      -4.87       41
KIRKSVILLE          5.95            8.01      -2.06       74
SEDALIA             7.16            9.15      -1.99       78
CHILLICOTHE         6.24            7.56      -1.32       83

PRECIPITATION DEFICIT AND PERCENT OR NORMAL GRAPHICS ARE AVAILABLE
FROM THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE: WATER.WEATHER.GOV/PRECIP/

.SURFACE MOISTURE CONDITIONS...

FOR THE STATE OF MISSOURI... TOPSOIL CONDITIONS WERE 27% SHORT OR
VERY SHORT AND SUBSOIL CONDITIONS WERE 49% SHORT OR VERY SHORT.

FOR THE STATE OF KANSAS... TOPSOIL CONDITIONS WERE 72% SHORT OR VERY
SHORT AND SUBSOIL CONDITIONS WERE 73% SHORT OR VERY SHORT.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON SOIL MOISTURE CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER(CPC) WEB SITE AT:
HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/PRODUCTS/SOILMST_MONITORING

.RIVER AND STREAM FLOW CONDITIONS...SMALLER RIVERS AND STREAMS
ARE FLOWING AT BELOW NORMAL LEVELS FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. LARGER
RIVERS ARE FLOWING AT NEAR TO BELOW NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON RIVER AND STREAM FLOW CAN BE FOUND AT THE
FOLLOWING WEB SITE: HTTP://WATERWATCH.USGS.GOV/

.AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS...

FOR THE STATE OF MISSOURI... THROUGH APRIL 20TH... THE WINTER WHEAT
CROP WAS RATED 10% POOR OR VERY POOR... HAY AND OTHER FORAGES WAS
RATED AS 10% SHORT OR VERY SHORT AND STOCK WATER SUPPLIES WERE 11%
SHORT OR VERY SHORT.

FOR THE STATE OF KANSAS... THROUGH APRIL 21TH... THE WINTER WHEAT
CROP WAS RATED AS 32% POOR OR VERY POOR... HAY AND OTHER FORAGES WAS
RATED AS 19% SHORT OR VERY SHORT AND STOCK WATER SUPPLIES WERE RATED
AS 42% SHORT OR VERY SHORT.

ADDITIONAL AGRICULTURAL INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE U.S.
DROUGHT MONITOR DROUGHT REPORTER WEB SITES AT:
WWW.NASS.USDA.GOV/PUBLICATIONS/
HTTP://DROUGHTREPORTER.UNL.EDU

.FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

THE KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT INDEX (KBDI) IS A DROUGHT INDEX THAT IS
SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO FIRE POTENTIAL.

THE KBDI IS BROKEN INTO 4 CATEGORIES WHICH INDICATE THE
SUSCEPTIBILITY OF GROUND FUELS TO FIRE DANGER. BELOW ARE THE 4
CATEGORIES AND A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF EACH.

KDBI   0 TO 200 - LOW.......WET WITH LITTLE DANGER OF FIRE INITIATION
KDBI 201 TO 400 - MODERATE..DRYING OCCURRING WITH SOME FIRE DANGER
KDBI 401 TO 600 - HIGH......GROUND COVER DRY AND WILL BURN READILY
KDBI 601 TO 800 - EXTREME...DEAD AND LIVE FUELS WILL BURN READILY

THE CURRENT KBDI:
EASTERN KANSAS AND MISSOURI: LOW

PALMER DROUGHT SEVERITY INDEX:
PDSI IS A LONG TERM DROUGHT SEVERITY INDEX. THE LATEST WEEKLY PDSI
INDICATES NEAR NORMAL CONDITIONS ACROSS NORTHEASTERN KANSAS NORTHERN
MISSOURI.

1000-HOUR DEAD FUEL MOISTURE DEPICTS LEVELS 16 TO 20%. 100-HOUR DEAD
FUEL MOISTURE DEPICTS LEVELS IN THE 11% TO 20% RANGE. 10-HOUR DEAD
FUEL MOISTURE DEPICTS VALUES IN THE 16% TO 25% RANGE. MORE
INFORMATION RELATED TO FIRE DANGER IMPACTS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE
WILDLAND FIRE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM (WFAS) WEB SITE AT:
HTTP://WWW.WFAS.NET/

.PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...THE ONE MONTH OUTLOOK FOR THE
MONTH OF MAY CALLS FOR A SLIGHTLY INCREASED CHANCE OF ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES ACROSS SOUTHERN MISSOURI AND KANSAS WITH EQUAL CHANCES
FOR ABOVE... BELOW OR NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE THREE MONTH
OUTLOOK FOR MAY THROUGH JULY CALLS FOR A SLIGHTLY GREATER CHANCE FOR
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES ACROSS SOUTHERN MISSOURI AND KANSAS AND
EQUAL CHANCE FOR ABOVE... BELOW OR NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION. MORE
INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTERS
(CPC) OUTLOOK WEB SITE AT:
HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/PRODUCTS/FORECASTS

.ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS...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 OBSERVATION SITES...COOPERATIVE
AND VOLUNTEER OBSERVATIONS...USDAFS...THE USDA AND USGS.

.RELATED WEB SITES...
LOCAL WEATHER...CLIMATE AND WATER INFORMATION :
HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/KC/

ADDITIONAL WATER INFORMATION :
USGS - HTTP://WATER.USGS.GOV/
COE - HTTP://WWW.NWO.USACE.ARMY.MIL/

US DROUGHT MONITOR :
HTTP://DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU/

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER :
HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/

.QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT
THIS INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

CHRIS BOWMAN
DROUGHT FOCAL POINT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PLEASANT HILL
CHRIS.BOWMAN@NOAA.GOV 

.NEXT ISSUANCE... THE NEXT ISSUANCE OF THIS PRODUCT IS SCHEDULED FOR
MAY 1ST.

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