Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE
1158 AM CST THU FEB 16 2017

...MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE
NORTHEASTERN NEBRASKA, AS WELL AS FAR SOUTHWESTERN NEBRASKA...

.SYNOPSIS...
A FAIRLY ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN CONTINUED ACROSS CENTRAL AND
NORTHERN NEBRASKA OVER THE PAST 30 DAYS. A TANDEM OF WINTER STORMS
IMPACTED WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA ON THE 24TH AND 25TH
OF JANUARY, AND ON THE 7TH AND 8TH OF FEBRUARY. BOTH STORMS
TRACKED ACROSS CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NEBRASKA, WHILE LOCATIONS TO
THE SOUTH SAW LITTLE OR NO PRECIPITATION FROM EACH OF THE WINTER
STORMS.

OVER THE PAST MONTH, MOISTURE HAS BEEN ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS THE
SANDHILLS AND NORTHERN NEBRASKA. FURTHER SOUTH, OR MAINLY ALONG
AND SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 80, PRECIPITATION OVER THE LAST 30 DAYS
WAS RUNNING ANYWHERE FROM 25 TO 75 PERCENT OF NORMAL. THE DRIEST
CONDITIONS WERE OVER CHASE, PERKINS, HAYES, DEUEL, KEITH AND
SOUTHWESTERN LINCOLN COUNTY. ACROSS THE SANDHILLS AND NORTHERN
NEBRASKA, PRECIPITATION WAS RUNNING ANYWHERE FROM 100 TO 300
PERCENT OF NORMAL WITH THE WETTEST CONDITIONS ALONG THE SOUTH
DAKOTA AND NEBRASKA BORDER.

.SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

AS OF FEBRUARY 16TH, ACCORDING TO THE US DROUGHT MONITOR, MODERATE
DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE OCCURRING OVER FAR SOUTHERN GARDEN, KEITH,
PERKINS, CHASE AND THE PINE RIDGE OF NORTHERN SHERIDAN COUNTY.
ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS WERE PRESENT OVER THE REMAINDER
SHERIDAN, NORTHWESTERN CHERRY, HAYES, FRONTIER, SOUTHERN LINCOLN
CUSTER, AND SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF 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 FROM FEBRUARY
2016 THROUGH JANUARY 2017, THE PREVIOUS 6 MONTH PRECIPITATION
TOTALS FROM AUGUST 2016 THROUGH JANUARY 2017, THE PREVIOUS 3 MONTH
PRECIPITATION TOTALS FROM NOVEMBER 2016 THROUGH JANUARY 2017 AND
PRECIPITATION TOTALS SO FAR FOR FEBRUARY THROUGH THE 16TH OF THE
MONTH.

             12 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES       6 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES

LOCATION       FEB-JAN  NORMAL   DEP   |  AUG-JAN  NORMAL    DEP
NORTH PLATTE    23.24   20.23  +3.01   |     5.44    6.64  -1.20
VALENTINE       26.97   20.02  +6.95   |     6.90    6.35  +0.55
BROKEN BOW *    25.87   23.62  +2.25   |     6.02    8.22  -2.20
IMPERIAL   *    19.70   19.14  +0.56   |     4.84    6.69  -2.20

               3 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES    THRU FEB 16 PRECIP/INCHES

LOCATION       NOV-JAN  NORMAL   DEP   |   FEB 16  NORMAL    DEP
NORTH PLATTE      2.08   1.39  +0.69   |    0.12    0.21   -0.09
VALENTINE         2.14   1.28  +0.86   |    0.52    0.21   +0.31
BROKEN BOW *      2.97   1.90  +1.07   |    0.05    0.30   -0.25
IMPERIAL   *      1.66   1.33  +0.33   |       T    0.18   -0.18

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 NOVEMBER, TO BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR DECEMBER, TO
NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR JANUARY.

                           AVERAGE TEMPERATURE/DEGREE F
LOCATION     NOV  NORMAL  DEP | DEC  NORMAL  DEP  | JAN  NORMAL  DEP
NORTH PLATTE 42.7  35.6  +7.1 | 25.2  25.4   -0.2 | 24.9  25.0  -0.1
VALENTINE    42.1  34.4  +7.7 | 19.1  23.8   -4.7 | 22.8  23.6  -0.8
BROKEN BOW   43.1  35.8  +7.3 | 25.4  25.5   -0.1 | 24.7  25.5  -0.8
IMPERIAL     43.7  37.7  +6.0 | 26.3  28.4   -2.1 | 26.5  28.3  -1.8


.FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...AS OF THE MIDDLE OF FEBRUARY, ONE HOUR
FUELS ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA WERE CURED AND
READY TO BURN. LARGE FIRE GROWTH OCCURRED EARLIER THIS FALL WHEN
WIND SPEEDS WERE ELEVATED AND TEMPERATURES WERE ABOVE NORMAL.

BOTTOM LINE, THE THREAT FOR WILDFIRE WILL CONTINUE FOR THE
REMAINDER OF WINTER INTO EARLY SPRING IF FUELS REMAIN DRY AND WIND
SPEEDS AND TEMPERATURES ARE ABOVE NORMAL.

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 FEBRUARY 21ST THROUGH
FEBRUARY 25TH, CALLS FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE
NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE LATEST 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING
FEBRUARY 23RD THROUGH MARCH 1ST CALLS FOR NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES
IN THE EASTERN NEBRASKA PANHANDLE AND ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES
ELSEWHERE. THE PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK FOR THE SAME TIME PERIOD
CALLS FOR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

THE LATEST 30 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING MARCH HAS EQUAL CHANCES FOR
ABOVE, BELOW OR NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES. THE OUTLOOK FOR
PRECIPITATION IS ABOVE NORMAL.

THE LATEST 90 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING MARCH, APRIL AND MAY, CALLS FOR
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR ALL OF WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL
NEBRASKA. THE OUTLOOK FOR PRECIPITATION IS EQUAL CHANCES FOR
ABOVE, BELOW OR NEAR NORMAL.


.HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

RIVER FLOWS ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA WERE NORMAL
TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. ICE JAMMING ALONG
THE PLATTE RIVER SYSTEM HAD ENDED OVER THE PAST WEEK DUE TO
TEMPERATURES WHICH WERE WELL ABOVE NORMAL. IF BITTERLY COLD
TEMPERATURES SET IN OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS, ICE JAMMING
WILL ONCE AGAIN MATERIALIZE ALONG THE PLATTE RIVER SYSTEM.

AS OF FEBRUARY 16TH, THE ELEVATION OF LAKE MCCONAUGHY WAS 3255.9
FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL AND WAS AT 85 PERCENT OF CAPACITY. THIS
COMPARES TO THE ELEVATION OF 3255.5 FEET ONE YEAR AGO. INFLOWS
INTO THE LAKE WERE 1194 CFS WHICH COMPARES TO 1322 CFS ONE YEAR
AGO.

&&

.RELATED WEB SITES...
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS MAY BE FOUND
AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES:

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR: HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM/MONITOR.HTML
NOAA DROUGHT PAGE: HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.NOAA.GOV
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER /CPC/: HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV
MIDWESTERN REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER:
HTTP://MCC.SWS.UIUC.EDU/INDEX.JSP
HIGH PLAINS REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER: HTTP://HPRCC.UNL.EDU
NEBRASKA STATE CLIMATE OFFICE:
HTTP://WWW.NEBRASKACLIMATEOFFICE.UNL.EDU
IOWA CLIMATOLOGY BUREAU:
HTTP://WWW.IOWAAGRICULTURE.GOV/CLIMATOLOGY.ASP
NWS RIVER INFORMATION: HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS
USGS RIVER INFORMATION: HTTP://WATER.USGS.GOV
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS: HTTP://WWW.MVR.USACE.ARMY.MIL

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

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

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
5250 EAST LEE BIRD DRIVE
NORTH PLATTE, NE 69101
PHONE: 308-532-0921
E-MAIL: CHRISTOPHER.BUTTLER@NOAA.GOV

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

$$

BUTTLER



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