Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Wichita, KS

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DROUGHT STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
300 AM CDT THU MAR 26 2015

...DROUGHT PERSISTS OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN AND WESTERN KANSAS...

.SYNOPSIS...

DRIER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS HAVE CONTINUED TO PLAGUE MUCH OF THE
KANSAS REGION SINCE JANUARY 2015...ESPECIALLY MARCH. WITH THE
EXCEPTION OF SOUTHWEST KANSAS...MANY AREAS HAVE RECEIVED 25 PERCENT
OR LESS OF THEIR NORMAL MARCH PRECIPITATION. NORMAL MARCH
PRECIPITATION GENERALLY RANGES FROM AROUND ONE INCH OVER FAR WESTERN
KANSAS...TO AROUND 3 INCHES OVER EASTERN KANSAS. AS HAS BEEN THE CASE
FOR SEVERAL MONTHS...DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO BE MOST SEVERE
OVER FAR SOUTHWEST KANSAS.

SOME KANSAS CITIES WITHIN THE D3 (EXTREME) DROUGHT STATUS INCLUDE:
HUGOTON...LIBERAL AND MEADE.

SOME KANSAS CITIES WITHIN THE D2 (SEVERE) DROUGHT STATUS INCLUDE:
ANTHONY...MEDICINE LODGE...COLDWATER...ULYSSES...SYRACUSE AND
GOODLAND.

SOME KANSAS CITIES WITHIN THE D1 (MODERATE) DROUGHT STATUS INCLUDE:
WICHITA...HUTCHINSON...EL DORADO...INDEPENDENCE...ARKANSAS
CITY...DODGE CITY...COLBY AND NORTON.


.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 FEBRUARY 2014.

                   SALINA      WICHITA     CHANUTE
MONTH             DEPARTURE   DEPARTURE   DEPARTURE

2014
FEB                +0.15        -0.32       -1.04
MAR                -2.09        -2.20       -2.07
APR                -1.72        -2.06       -2.40
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 (THRU 24TH)    -1.75        -1.78       -1.87

TOTAL DEPARTURE    -4.46        -8.36      -12.76


.SOIL MOISTURE & AGRICULTURE...
AS OF MARCH 24TH, SOIL MOISTURE DEPTH RANGED FROM ROUGHLY 10 TO
16 INCHES OVER THE EASTERN HALF OF KANSAS, TO 7 TO 10 INCHES OVER
THE WESTERN HALF OF KANSAS. THESE NUMBERS ARE SLIGHTLY DRIER THAN
NORMAL...MOST NOTABLY OVER SOUTH-CENTRAL KANSAS.

PER THE MARCH 23RD USDA NEWS RELEASE FOR KANSAS:

TOPSOIL MOISTURE WAS RATED 14 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 35 PERCENT SHORT,
50 PERCENT ADEQUATE, AND 1 PERCENT SURPLUS.

SUBSOIL MOISTURE WAS RATED 19 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 39 PERCENT SHORT,
42 PERCENT ADEQUATE, AND 0 PERCENT SURPLUS.

STOCK WATER SUPPLIES WERE RATED 23 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 27 PERCENT
SHORT, 61 PERCENT ADEQUATE, AND 0 PERCENT SURPLUS.


.RIVER AND STREAMFLOW CONDITIONS...

AS OF MARCH 24TH, STREAMFLOW CONDITIONS WERE GENERALLY BELOW
NORMAL ACROSS MUCH OF THE STATE, MOST SEVERE OVER PORTIONS OF
NORTH-CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST KANSAS.

AS OF MARCH 2ND, MOST RESERVOIRS ACROSS THE EASTERN HALF OF THE
STATE WERE AT LEAST 80 PERCENT FULL, WHILE WESTERN KANSAS RESERVOIRS
WERE 20 TO 50 PERCENT FULL.


.LONG-RANGE PRECIPITATION & TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

PER THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER FOR APRIL THROUGH JUNE 2015,
THERE ARE SLIGHTLY GREATER PROBABILITIES FOR BELOW NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION OVER FAR SOUTHWEST
KANSAS, WITH EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE...NEAR OR BELOW NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE REST OF KANSAS.


.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. INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT
HAS BEEN GATHERED FROM NWS AND FAA OBSERVATION SITES, THE USGS, USDA
AND THE KANSAS WATER OFFICE.

.NEXT ISSUANCE...

THE NEXT ISSUANCE OF THIS DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE
ISSUED SOMETIME APRIL OR MAY 2015.




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