Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Grand Forks, ND

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND FORKS ND
337 PM CDT FRI MAY 1 2015

...DROUGHT WORSENS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL
MINNESOTA...

THIS DROUGHT STATEMENT IS FOR THE COUNTIES WITHIN THE GRAND FORKS
NWS AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY.

SYNOPSIS...

DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE ACROSS EASTERN NORTH
DAKOTA...NORTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA. WHILE MODERATE
DROUGHT CONDITIONS EXIST ACROSS ALL OF EASTERN NORTH
DAKOTA...SEVERE DROUGHT EXISTS ACROSS MOST OF NORTHWEST AND WEST
CENTRAL MINNESOTA.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...
VERY DRY FALL CONDITIONS AND A LACK OF WINTER TIME PRECIPITATION
HAVE RESULTED IN DRY SOIL CONDITIONS AND VERY LITTLE SNOW WATER
EQUIVALENT AVAILABLE FOR RUNOFF. LITTLE RAIN HAS FALLEN SINCE OCTOBER...
AND RIVERS LEVELS ARE RUNNING BELOW AVERAGE.

DRY CONDITIONS HAVE LEAD TO INCREASED FIRE DANGER ACROSS THE
ENTIRE REGION...AND WILL PERSIST UNTIL GREEN-UP AND/OR SIGNIFICANT
RAINFALL.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... FOR THE PERIOD MAY 7TH TO MAY
11TH THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER INDICATES CONFIDENCE IN ABOVE
NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND WARMER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR THE REGION.
CONFIDENCE IS INCREASING FOR A SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL EVENT BY THE
MIDDLE TO END OF NEXT WEEK.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE... IF NEEDED...THE NEXT DROUGHT STATEMENT WILL
BE ISSUED FRIDAY MAY 8.

&&

RELATED WEB SITES...
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS MAY BE FOUND
AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS/...

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM/MONITOR.HTML
NOAA DROUGHT PAGE...HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.NOAA.GOV
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER /CPC/...HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV
MIDWEST REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER...HTTP://MCC.SWS.UIUC.EDU
HIGH PLAINS REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER...HTTP://WWW.HPRCC.UNL.EDU
MINNESOTA STATE CLIMATOLOGIST...HTTP://CLIMATE.UMN.EDU
ND STATE CLIMATOLOGIST...HTTP://WWW.NDSU.NODAK.EDU/NDSU/NDSCO
ADDITIONAL RIVER INFORMATION...
NWS...HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS
USGS...HTTP://WATER.USGS.GOV/
USACE...HTTP://WWW.MVR.USACE.ARMY.MIL

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 OBSERVATION SITES...STATE
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICES...THE USDA...USACE AND USGS.

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

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
4797 TECHNOLOGY CIRCLE
GRAND FORKS ND 58203
PHONE...701-772-0720

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