Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Wichita, KS

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DROUGHT STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
909 PM CDT THU JUN 26 2014

...DROUGHT CONDITIONS IMPROVE REGIONWIDE...

.VERY DRY WEATHER CONDITIONS FROM WINTER THROUGH ABOUT MID TO LATE
MAY HAD FOLKS ACROSS THE REGION FEARING THE WORST...THAT THE
OFF-AND-ON LONG-TERM DROUGHT THAT HAS PLAGUED THE REGION SINCE 2011
WAS REINTENSIFYING. HOWEVER...THOSE FEARS WERE THANKFULLY
SQUELCHED...AS PERIODIC BOUTS OF WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORMS AND
ASSOCIATED HEAVY RAINFALL HAVE AFFECTED THE REGION SINCE ROUGHLY MID
TO LATE MAY. PRECIPITATION DEFICITS THAT HAD BEEN STEADILY GROWING
SINCE WINTER HAVE NOW BEEN STEADILY SHRINKING. UNFORTUNATELY...FOR
MANY WINTER WHEAT FARMERS...THE BENEFICIAL RAINFALL CAME TOO LATE TO
MAKE MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE FOR THEIR CROP...ESPECIALLY OVER
SOUTH-CENTRAL KANSAS.

DESPITE THE WIDESPREAD ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL...LONG-TERM DROUGHT
CONDITIONS DO STILL PERSIST...ESPECIALLY OVER PORTIONS OF
WESTERN...CENTRAL AND FAR SOUTHERN KANSAS...DUE TO PRECIPITATION
DEFICITS SINCE DECEMBER 2013 RANGING FROM 50 TO 70 PERCENT OF
NORMAL. THIS IS LIKELY MANIFESTED PRIMARILY IN CONTINUED BELOW
NORMAL GROUND WATER AND DEEP SOIL MOISTURE SUPPLIES.

.DROUGHT INTENSITY DEFINITIONS...

THERE ARE FIVE LEVELS OF INTENSITY DEPICTED ON THE U.S. 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.

.LOCAL AREA AFFECTED...

AS OF JUNE 24TH...PORTIONS OF CENTRAL...SOUTHERN AND WESTERN KANSAS
REMAINED IN D2 (SEVERE) DROUGHT...WITH SMALL POCKETS OF D3 (EXTREME)
DROUGHT NEAR THE OKLAHOMA BORDER...AND OVER WEST-CENTRAL KANSAS.
MORE EXPANSIVE D3 DROUGHT CONDITIONS PREVAILED OVER MUCH OF FAR
WESTERN KANSAS.

.PRECIPITATION DEFICITS...

THE FOLLOWING TABLE DISPLAYS THE MONTHLY PRECIPITATION DEPARTURES
FROM NORMAL SINCE MAY 2013.

                  WICHITA       SALINA       CHANUTE
MONTH            DEPARTURE     DEPARTURE    DEPARTURE

2013
MAY                +0.85         +2.27        +0.74
JUN                -3.37         -1.87        -1.91
JUL                +4.37         +1.47        +4.66
AUG                +6.92         +1.05        +0.22
SEP                -1.11         -1.07        -0.65
OCT                +0.27         -1.08        +3.46
NOV                -0.83         -0.90        -0.67
DEC                -0.60         +0.28        -1.59

2014
JAN                -0.70         -0.14        -1.15
FEB                -0.32         +0.15        -1.04
MAR                -2.20         -2.09        -2.07
APR                -2.06         -1.72        -2.40
MAY                -0.51         -0.80        -0.28
JUN (THRU 25TH)    +4.10         +3.81        +1.92

.SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS...

SOIL MOISTURE HAS IMPROVED REGIONWIDE...RANGING FROM 12 TO 17 INCHES
ACROSS THE EASTERN HALF OF KANSAS AS OF JUNE 25TH...AN IMPROVEMENT
OF 2 TO 4 INCHES SINCE MAY.

.RIVER...STREAMFLOW AND RESERVOIR CONDITIONS...

MOST RIVERS AND STREAMS ACROSS CENTRAL...SOUTH-CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST
KANSAS ARE RUNNING NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL. MOST RESERVOIRS ARE 90 TO
100 PERCENT FULL...ALTHOUGH WILSON LAKE RESERVOIR IN RUSSELL COUNTY
IS 78 TO 89 PERCENT FULL.

.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.DROUGHT.GOV
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

ALL WEB SITES SHOULD BE IN LOWER CASE CHARACTERS.

.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 AND
THE KANSAS WATER OFFICE.

.NEXT ISSUANCE...

THE NEXT ISSUANCE OF THIS DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT WILL BE
ISSUED SOMETIME IN MID TO LATE JULY.

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