Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Wichita, KS
AXUS73 KICT 272333
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
533 PM CST THU NOV 27 2014
...Drought Persists Over Portions of South-Central, Southwest and
A dry November has allowed the Kansas drought status to remain
essentially unchanged since late September, persisting across
portions of south-central, southwest and western Kansas, with the
worst conditions over far southwest Kansas. Since late October, most
of the state received less than 25 percent of normal precipitation,
although far southeast Kansas was a bit more moist with amounts
tallying 50 to 70 percent of normal. If it weren`t for periodic bouts
of precipitation across portions of the region September and October,
current drought conditions would likely be worse.
Some Kansas cities within the D2 (severe) drought status include:
Medicine Lodge, Coldwater, Ulysses, Syracuse, Tribune and Goodland.
Some Kansas cities within the D3 (extreme) drought status include:
Elkhart, Hugoton, Liberal and Meade.
.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
D2 - Severe Drought: Crop or pasture losses are likely, fire risk is
very high, water shortages are common, water restrictions may be
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.
The following table displays the monthly precipitation departures
from normal since November 2013.
Salina Wichita Chanute
Month Departure Departure Departure
Nov -0.90 -0.83 -0.67
Dec +0.28 -0.60 -1.59
Jan -0.14 -0.70 -1.15
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 (thru 26th) -0.97 -0.81 -0.86
Total Departure -6.07 -9.23 -9.97
.SOIL MOISTURE & AGRICULTURE...
As of November 26th, soil moisture depth ranged from roughly 12 to
16 inches over the eastern half of Kansas, to 8 to 12 inches over
the western half of Kansas. These numbers are near to slightly drier
Per the November 24th USDA news release for Kansas:
Topsoil moisture was rated 10 percent very short, 31 percent short,
58 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 16
percent very short, 30 percent short, 54 percent adequate, and 0
Winter wheat condition rated 0 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 35
percent fair, 55 percent good and 6 percent excellent.
Cotton conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 35
percent fair, 53 percent good and 6 percent excellent.
Pasture and range conditions rated 7 percent very poor, 16 percent
poor, 42 percent fair, 33 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.
Stock water supplies rated 8 percent very short, 20 percent short,
71 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.
.RIVER AND STREAMFLOW CONDITIONS...
As of November 26th, streamflow conditions were generally below
normal across much of the state, most severe over portions of
south-central and southwest Kansas.
As of November 17th, most reservoirs across the eastern half of the
state were 78 to 100 percent full, while western Kansas reservoirs
were 25 to 44 percent full.
.LONG-RANGE PRECIPITATION & TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...
For December 2014, there are slightly greater probabilities for
cooler than normal temperatures over mainly the western half of
Kansas. There are no strong signals regarding precipitation
For December 2014 through February 2015, there are slightly greater
probabilities for cooler than normal temperatures over mainly the
southeastern half of the state, with slightly greater probabilities
for above normal precipitation over southwest Kansas.
.QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...
If you have any questions or comments about this drought information,
Eric Schminke and Andy Kleinsasser
Drought Focal Points
National Weather Service
2142 South Tyler Rd
Wichita, KS 67209
firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com
.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
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.
The next issuance of this drought information statement will be
issued by late December 2014 or early January 2015.