Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS North Platte, NE

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE
342 PM CDT THU MAR 16 2017

...MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE ACROSS PORTIONS OF
FAR SOUTHWESTERN NEBRASKA...

.SYNOPSIS...

OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS...A DRY AND WARM PATTERN HAS SET IN
ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA. THIS IS IN CONTRAST TO
LATE FEBRUARY WHICH SAW A SIGNIFICANT SNOW STORM IMPACT CENTRAL AND
NORTHERN NEBRASKA. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF FAR SOUTHWESTERN
NEBRASKA...PRECIPITATION FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR THROUGH THE
END OF FEBRUARY WAS NEAR NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL OVER NORTH CENTRAL
NEBRASKA. AFTER UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPERATURES THROUGH THIS WEEKEND,
A MORE ACTIVE PATTERN IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN TO IMPACT THE CENTRAL
PLAINS NEXT WEEK.

.SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

AS OF MARCH 16TH...ACCORDING TO THE US DROUGHT MONITOR...MODERATE
DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE OCCURRING OVER FAR SOUTHERN
GARDEN...DEUEL...KEITH...PERKINS...AND CHASE COUNTIES. ABNORMALLY
DRY CONDITIONS WERE SEEN OVER NORTHERN SHERIDAN...SOUTHERN
LINCOLN...HAYES...FRONTIER...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 MARCH
2016 THROUGH FEBRUARY 2017, THE PREVIOUS 6 MONTH PRECIPITATION
TOTALS FROM SEPTEMBER 2016 THROUGH FEBRUARY 2017, THE PREVIOUS 3 MONTH
PRECIPITATION TOTALS FROM DECEMBER 2016 THROUGH FEBRUARY 2017 AND
PRECIPITATION TOTALS SO FAR FOR MARCH THROUGH THE 16TH OF THE
MONTH.

             12 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES       6 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES

LOCATION       MAR-FEB  NORMAL   DEP   |  SEP-FEB  NORMAL    DEP
NORTH PLATTE    22.98   20.23  +2.75   |     5.08    4.85  +0.23
VALENTINE       27.97   20.02  +7.95   |     6.72    4.65  +2.07
BROKEN BOW *    25.55   23.62  +1.93   |     5.53    6.55  -1.02
IMPERIAL   *    19.40   19.14  +0.26   |     3.30    4.48  -1.18

               3 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES    THRU FEB 16 PRECIP/INCHES

LOCATION       DEC-FEB  NORMAL   DEP   |   MAR 16  NORMAL    DEP
NORTH PLATTE      1.81   1.25  +0.56   |    0.05    0.44   -0.39
VALENTINE         3.01   1.11  +1.90   |    0.13    0.43   -0.30
BROKEN BOW *      1.48   1.51  -0.03   |    0.04    0.41   -0.37
IMPERIAL   *      1.49   1.08  +0.41   |    0.04    0.42   -0.38

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 BELOW
NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR DECEMBER, TO NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR
JANUARY...TO MUCH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR FEBRUARY.

                        AVERAGE TEMPERATURE/DEGREE F
LOCATION     DEC  NORMAL  DEP | JAN  NORMAL  DEP  | FEB  NORMAL  DEP
NORTH PLATTE 25.2  25.4  -0.2 | 24.9  25.0   -0.1 | 35.5  29.0  +6.5
VALENTINE    19.1  23.8  -4.7 | 22.8  23.6   -0.8 | 31.4  27.2  +4.2
BROKEN BOW   25.4  25.5  -0.1 | 24.7  25.5   -0.8 | 35.2  28.0  +7.2
IMPERIAL     26.3  28.4  -2.1 | 26.5  28.3   -1.8 | 38.0  31.5  +6.5


.FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...AS OF THE MIDDLE OF MARCH, 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 INTO 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 MARCH 22ND THROUGH
MARCH 26TH, CALLS FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE
NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE LATEST 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING
MARCH 24TH THROUGH MARCH 30TH CALLS FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES
AND ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES.

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

THE LATEST 90 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING APRIL, MAY, AND JUNE CALLS FOR
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR ALL OF WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL
NEBRASKA. THE OUTLOOK FOR PRECIPITATION IS ABOVE NORMAL AS WELL.


.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 AND WAS NOT EXPECTED TO BE AN
ADDITIONAL THREAT FOR THE REMAINDER OF SPRING.

AS OF MARCH 16TH, THE ELEVATION OF LAKE MCCONAUGHY WAS 3254.0
FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL AND WAS AT 82 PERCENT OF CAPACITY. THIS
COMPARES TO THE ELEVATION OF 3255.5 FEET ONE YEAR AGO. INFLOWS
INTO THE LAKE WERE 1283 CFS WHICH COMPARES TO 1290 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 APRIL 20 2017.

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BUTTLER



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