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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE
830 AM CST THU JAN 19 2017

...MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE EXPANDED OVER PORTIONS OF
WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA...


.SYNOPSIS...

TEMPERATURES TRENDED BELOW NORMAL DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER INTO
THE FIRST HALF OF JANUARY. PRECIPITATION IN DECEMBER WAS ABOVE NORMAL
FOR IMPERIAL...NORTH PLATTE...VALENTINE AND BROKEN BOW. ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION CARRIED OVER INTO JANUARY FOR NORTH PLATTE...IMPERIAL AND
BROKEN BOW. SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION WAS REPORTED THROUGH
JANUARY 18TH FOR VALENTINE. OVER THE NEXT WEEK...A STRONG UPPER LEVEL
LOW WILL TRACK ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS. THIS FEATURE WILL BRING
ACCUMULATING SNOWS TO WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA EARLY NEXT
WEEK.


.SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

AS OF JANUARY 19TH...ACCORDING TO THE US DROUGHT
MONITOR...MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE OCCURRING OVER THE PINE
RIDGE OF NORTHERN SHERIDAN COUNTY. IN ADDITION...MODERATE
DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE OCCURRING OVER FAR SOUTHERN
GARDEN...DEUEL...KEITH...PERKINS AND CHASE COUNTIES. ELSEWHERE
ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA...ABNORMALLY DRY
CONDITIONS WERE OCCURRING OVER WESTERN CHERRY...GARDEN...HAYES
FRONTIER...CUSTER...LOUP...GARFIELD AND WHEELER COUNTIES.


.CLIMATE SUMMARY...

SUMMARY OF RECENT MONTHLY RAINFALL CONDITIONS FROM SELECTED
STATIONS ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA. THE SUMMARY
INCLUDES THE PREVIOUS 12 MONTH PRECIPITATION TOTALS...JANUARY 2016
TO DECEMBER 2016...THE PREVIOUS 6 MONTH PRECIPITATION TOTALS...JULY
2016 TO DECEMBER 2016...THE PREVIOUS 3 MONTH PRECIPITATION
TOTALS...OCTOBER TO DECEMBER...AND THE PRECIPITATION TOTALS SO FAR
IN JANUARY...THROUGH THE 18TH OF THE MONTH.

              12 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES       6 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES

LOCATION       JAN-DEC  NORMAL   DEP   |  JUL-DEC  NORMAL    DEP
NORTH PLATTE    23.05   20.23  +2.82   |     8.61    9.37  -0.76
VALENTINE       26.58   20.02  +6.56   |     9.10    9.30  -0.20
BROKEN BOW *    25.37   23.62  +1.75   |     9.61   10.72  -1.11
IMPERIAL   *    19.15   19.14  +0.01   |     6.33    9.28  -2.95

               3 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES     THRU JAN 18 PRECIP/INCHES

LOCATION       OCT-DEC  NORMAL   DEP   |   JAN 18  NORMAL    DEP
NORTH PLATTE      2.95   2.60  +0.35   |    0.56    0.20   +0.36
VALENTINE         3.13   2.27  +0.86   |    0.12    0.15   -0.03
BROKEN BOW *      2.68   3.29  -0.61   |    0.33    0.17   +0.16
IMPERIAL   *      1.34   2.37  -1.03   |    0.78    0.15   +0.63

PRIMARY LOCATION OF PRECIPITATION DATA IS FROM THE AUTOMATED
SENSORS AT THE AIRPORT.

*  PRECIPITATION DATA INCLUDES A COMBINATION OF AUTOMATED SENSORS
   AND COOPERATIVE DATA.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR THE LAST 3 MONTHS SAW A RANGE FROM ABOVE
NORMAL IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER TO BELOW NORMAL FOR DECEMBER.

                           AVERAGE TEMPERATURE/DEGREE F
LOCATION     OCT  NORMAL  DEP | NOV  NORMAL  DEP  | DEC  NORMAL  DEP
NORTH PLATTE 55.5  49.1  +6.4 | 42.7  35.6   +7.1 | 25.2  25.4  -0.2
VALENTINE    56.0  48.5  +7.5 | 42.1  34.4   +7.7 | 19.1  23.8  -4.7
BROKEN BOW   54.6  49.4  +5.2 | 43.1  35.8   +7.3 | 25.4  25.5  -0.1
IMPERIAL     56.8  50.8  +6.0 | 43.7  37.7   +6.0 | 26.3  28.4  -2.1


.FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

AS OF THE MIDDLE OF JANUARY...ONE HOUR FUELS ACROSS WESTERN AND
NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA ARE CURED AND READY TO BURN. LARGE FIRE
GROWTH HAS OCCURRED LATE THIS FALL WHEN WIND SPEEDS WERE ELEVATED
AND TEMPERATURES WERE ABOVE NORMAL.

BOTTOM LINE...THE THREAT FOR WILDFIRE WILL CONTINUE INTO THE WINTER
AND EARLY SPRING MONTHS WHEN WIND SPEED AND TEMPERATURES ARE ABOVE
NORMAL WHILE FUELS ARE DRY.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT THE NORTH PLATTE NWS FIRE
WEATHER WEB SITE PROVIDED BELOW.

HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/LBF/FIRE


.PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...

THE LATEST 6 TO 10 DAY OUTLOOK...COVERING JANUARY 24TH THROUGH
JANUARY 28TH...CALLS FOR BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE
NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE LATEST 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING
JANUARY 28TH THROUGH FEBRUARY 1ST CALLS FOR BELOW NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA...THE LATEST 30 DAY
OUTLOOK FOR FEBRUARY CALLS FOR EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE...BELOW OR
NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES. ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS FORECAST
ACROSS THE NORTHEASTERN NEBRASKA PANHANDLE AND NORTHWESTERN
SANDHILLS. ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF WESTERN AND NORTH
CENTRAL NEBRASKA...THERE ARE EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE...BELOW OR
NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

THE LATEST 3 MONTH OUTLOOK COVERING FEBRUARY...MARCH AND APRIL
CALLS FOR EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE...BELOW OR NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES
AND PRECIPITATION.


.HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

RIVER FLOWS ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA WERE NORMAL
TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. ICE JAMS WERE
COMMON ALONG THE NORTH PLATTE RIVER...ABOVE AND BELOW LAKE
MCCONAUGHY OVER THE PAST MONTH AS TEMPERATURES WERE WELL BELOW NORMAL.
WITH COLD TEMPERATURES ANTICIPATED OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS...ICE
JAMMING WILL CONTINUE TO BE A CONCERN ALONG THE NORTH PLATTE RIVER.

AS OF JANUARY 19TH...THE ELEVATION OF LAKE MCCONAUGHY WAS 3254.9
FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL AND WAS AT 83 PERCENT OF CAPACITY. THIS
COMPARES TO THE ELEVATION OF 3255.0 FEET ONE YEAR AGO. INFLOWS INTO
LAKE MCCONAUGHY ARE 1250 CFS WHICH COMPARES TO 2500 CFS ONE YEAR AGO.

.QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

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

CHRIS BUTTLER
CLIMATE SERVICES FOCAL POINT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
NORTH PLATTE NE
CHRISTOPHER.BUTTLER@NOAA.GOV


.RELATED WEB SITES...

LOCAL WEATHER...CLIMATE...FIRE AND WATER INFORMATION
HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/LBF

U.S. DROUGHT PORTAL
HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.GOV

ADDITIONAL RIVER AND RESERVOIR INFORMATION
USGS - HTTP://WATER.USGS.GOV
CNPPID - HTTP://CNPPID.COM

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR
HTTP://DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER
HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV


.ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER...THE
USDA...STATE AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS AND THE DROUGHT
MITIGATION CENTER. INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN
GATHERED FROM NWS AND FAA OBSERVATION SITES...STATE COOPERATIVE
EXTENSION SERVICES...USGS...AND THE CENTRAL NEBRASKA PUBLIC POWER
AND IRRIGATION DISTRICT.


.NEXT ISSUANCE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE ROUTINELY ISSUED ON THE THIRD THURSDAY OF
THE MONTH. THE NEXT ISSUANCE WILL BE FEBRUARY 16 2017.

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CLB/SMJ


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