Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Wichita, KS

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DROUGHT STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
852 PM CDT THU MAY 14 2015

...DROUGHT CONDITIONS IMPROVE ACROSS THE KANSAS REGION...

.SYNOPSIS...

AFTER A VERY DRY START TO THE YEAR THROUGH MARCH...NUMEROUS
BOUTS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS...SOME OF WHICH HAVE BEEN STRONG
TO SEVERE...HAVE RAKED THE KANSAS REGION SINCE APRIL. ALTHOUGH
NOT COMPLETELY ERASED...LONG-TERM PRECIPITATION DEFICITS HAVE
BEEN NARROWED ACROSS THE REGION DUE TO THESE PERIODIC WIDESPREAD
RAINS. CONSEQUENTLY...THE SEVERE TO EXTREME DROUGHT ACROSS MAINLY
SOUTHERN AND WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE STATE HAS BEEN DEALT A
SUBSTANTIAL BLOW.

SOME KANSAS COMMUNITIES WITHIN THE D3 (EXTREME) DROUGHT STATUS
INCLUDE: ANTHONY AND CALDWELL ACROSS EXTREME SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF
SOUTH-CENTRAL KANSAS.

SOME KANSAS COMMUNITIES WITHIN THE D2 (SEVERE) DROUGHT STATUS
INCLUDE: ARKANSAS CITY...WELLINGTON...MEDICINE
LODGE...ULYSSES...NORTON AND COLBY.

SOME KANSAS COMMUNITIES WITHIN THE D1 (MODERATE) DROUGHT STATUS
INCLUDE: WICHITA...HUTCHINSON...EL DORADO...GREAT BEND...DODGE
CITY...HAYS...LIBERAL AND GARDEN CITY.


.DROUGHT INTENSITY DEFINITIONS...

THERE ARE FIVE LEVELS OF INTENSITY DEPICTED ON THE US DROUGHT
MONITOR. THE USDM LEVELS ARE THE FOLLOWING:

D0 - ABNORMALLY DRY - GOING INTO DROUGHT: CAUSES SHORT-TERM DRYNESS
SLOWING PLANTING...GROWTH OF CROPS OR PASTURES AND ABOVE AVERAGE FIRE
RISK. COMING OUT OF DROUGHT: THERE ARE SOME LINGERING WATER
DEFICITS...PASTURES AND CROPS ARE NOT FULLY RECOVERED.

D1 - MODERATE DROUGHT: SOME DAMAGE TO CROPS OR PASTURES...HIGH FIRE
RISK EXISTS...STREAMS...RESERVOIRS OR WELLS ARE LOW...SOME WATER
SHORTAGES DEVELOP OR ARE IMMINENT AND VOLUNTARY USE RESTRICTIONS ARE
REQUESTED.

D2 - SEVERE DROUGHT: CROP OR PASTURE LOSSES ARE LIKELY...FIRE RISK IS
VERY HIGH...WATER SHORTAGES ARE COMMON...WATER RESTRICTIONS MAY BE
IMPOSED.

D3 - EXTREME DROUGHT: MAJOR CROP AND PASTURE LOSSES...FIRE DANGER IS
EXTREME AND WIDESPREAD WATER SHORTAGES AND RESTRICTIONS ARE POSSIBLE.

D4 - EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT: EXCEPTIONAL AND WIDESPREAD CROP AND PASTURE
LOSSES...EXCEPTIONAL FIRE DANGER EXISTS...SHORTAGES OF WATER IN
RESERVOIRS...STREAMS...AND WELLS OCCUR CREATING WATER EMERGENCIES.


.CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE FOLLOWING TABLE DISPLAYS THE MONTHLY PRECIPITATION DEPARTURES
FROM NORMAL SINCE MAY 2014 FOR SALINA...WICHITA AND CHANUTE.

                   SALINA      WICHITA     CHANUTE
MONTH             DEPARTURE   DEPARTURE   DEPARTURE

2014
MAY                -0.80        -0.51       -0.28
JUN                +4.08        +5.26       +2.02
JUL                -3.56        -0.25       -2.76
AUG                +1.02        -1.33       -2.33
SEP                +1.44        -2.67       -0.57
OCT                -0.71        -1.37       +0.92
NOV                -1.12        -0.98       -1.15
DEC                +0.96        +0.09       +0.62
JAN                +0.57        +0.28       -0.63
FEB                -0.93        -0.52       -1.22
MAR                -2.34        -2.41       -2.49
APR                -1.22        +0.03       +0.13
MAY (THRU 13TH)    +2.08        +2.04       +1.47

TOTAL DEPARTURE    -0.53        -2.34       -6.27


.SOIL MOISTURE...
AS OF MAY 13TH...SOIL MOISTURE DEPTH RANGED FROM ROUGHLY 10 INCHES
OVER WESTERN PORTIONS OF KANSAS...TO NEAR 18 INCHES OVER EASTERN
KANSAS. THESE READINGS ARE ROUGHLY NEAR NORMAL

PER THE MAY 11TH USDA NEWS RELEASE FOR KANSAS:

TOPSOIL MOISTURE WAS RATED 5 PERCENT VERY SHORT...19 PERCENT
SHORT...67 PERCENT ADEQUATE...AND 9 PERCENT SURPLUS.

SUBSOIL MOISTURE WAS RATED 14 PERCENT VERY SHORT...30 PERCENT
SHORT...54 PERCENT ADEQUATE...AND 2 PERCENT SURPLUS.

STOCK WATER SUPPLIES WERE RATED 7 PERCENT VERY SHORT...20 PERCENT
SHORT...70 PERCENT ADEQUATE...AND 3 PERCENT SURPLUS.


.RIVER AND STREAMFLOW CONDITIONS...

AS OF MAY 14TH...STREAMFLOW CONDITIONS ON AREA RIVERS AND STREAMS
WERE GENERALLY NEAR NORMAL...ALTHOUGH A SMALL HANDFUL OF
RIVERS/STREAMS WERE RUNNING BELOW NORMAL ACROSS PRIMARILY
SOUTH-CENTRAL...CENTRAL AND WESTERN KANSAS.

AS OF APRIL 30TH...MOST FEDERAL RESERVOIRS ACROSS THE EASTERN HALF OF
THE STATE WERE AT LEAST 80 TO 90 PERCENT FULL...WHILE WESTERN KANSAS
FEDERAL RESERVOIRS WERE 20 TO 50 PERCENT FULL.


.LONG-RANGE PRECIPITATION & TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

PER THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER THROUGH THE END OF MAY...THERE ARE
GREATER PROBABILITIES FOR CONTINUED ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS
MUCH OF THE STATE...WITH EQUAL CHANCES OF NEAR...ABOVE OR BELOW
NORMAL TEMPERATURES...ALTHOUGH FAR SOUTHWEST KANSAS HAS SLIGHT
PROBABILITIES FOR COOLER THAN AVERAGE TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE END
OF MAY. THROUGH JULY...THERE ARE SLIGHTLY GREATER PROBABILITIES FOR
ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION OVER FAR WESTERN KANSAS...WITH EQUAL
CHANCE OF BELOW...NEAR OR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION OVER THE REST
OF THE STATE.


.QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

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

ERIC SCHMINKE AND ANDY KLEINSASSER
DROUGHT FOCAL POINTS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
2142 SOUTH TYLER RD
WICHITA, KS 67209
316-942-3102
ERIC.SCHMINKE@NOAA.GOV | ANDY.KLEINSASSER@NOAA.GOV

.RELATED WEB SITES...

US DROUGHT MONITOR          HTTP://DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM
KANSAS WATER OFFICE         HTTP://WWW.KWO.ORG
US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY        HTTP://WATER.USGS.GOV/WATERWATCH/
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER   HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/INDEX.HTML
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE    HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/ICT
NWS WICHITA DROUGHT PAGE    HTTP://WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/ICT/?N=DROUGHT
HIGH PLAINS CLIMATE CENTER  HTTP://WWW.HPRCC.UNL.EDU
US DEPT OF AGRICULTURE      HTTP://WWW.USDA.GOV

.ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS...

THE US DROUGHT MONITOR IS A WEEKLY COLLABORATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN A
NUMBER OF FEDERAL AGENCIES INCLUDING NOAA/NWS...US DEPARTMENT OF
AGRICULTURE...STATE AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS AND THE
NATIONAL DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER.

.NEXT ISSUANCE...

THE NEXT ISSUANCE OF THIS DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE
ISSUED SOMETIME LATE JUNE OR JULY 2015.

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