Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE
739 AM CDT THU SEP 21 2017

...DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE IMPROVED ACROSS WESTERN AND
NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA OVER THE PAST MONTH...


.SYNOPSIS...

OVER THE PAST 30 DAYS...PRECIPITATION WAS GENERALLY BELOW NORMAL
ACROSS MOST OF WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA. PRECIPITATION
OVER THE PAST 30 DAYS WAS RUNNING 25 TO 75 PERCENT OF NORMAL. THE
ONLY AREA WHICH HAS SEEN ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION OVER THE PAST 30
DAYS WAS OVER BROWN AND BLAINE COUNTIES.

.SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

AS OF SEPTEMBER 21ST...ACCORDING TO THE US DROUGHT MONITOR...MODERATE
DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE OCCURRING OVER NORTHERN CHERRY, WESTERN KEYA
PAHA AND NORTHWESTERN BROWN COUNTY. ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS WERE
OCCURRING ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF CHERRY...BROWN...KEYA
PAHA...BOYD...HOOKER...THOMAS...ARTHUR...MCPHERSON...LOGAN...LINCOLN...
DEUEL...KEITH...PERKINS...CHASE AND HAYES COUNTY.


.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 SEPTEMBER
2016 THROUGH AUGUST 2017, THE PREVIOUS 6 MONTH PRECIPITATION TOTALS
FROM MARCH 2017 THROUGH AUGUST 2017, THE PREVIOUS 3 MONTH
PRECIPITATION TOTALS FROM JUNE 2017 THROUGH AUGUST 2017 AND
PRECIPITATION TOTALS SO FAR FOR SEPTEMBER THROUGH THE 20TH OF THE
MONTH.

             12 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES       6 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES

LOCATION       SEP-AUG  NORMAL   DEP   |    MAR-AUG  NORMAL  DEP
NORTH PLATTE    21.65   20.23  +1.42   |    16.57   15.38  +1.19
VALENTINE       17.83   20.02  -2.19   |    11.11   15.37  -4.26
BROKEN BOW *    24.18   23.62  +0.56   |    18.65   17.07  +1.58
IMPERIAL   *    13.22   19.14  -5.92   |     9.92   14.66  -4.74

               3 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES    THRU SEP 20 PRECIP/INCHES

LOCATION       JUN-AUG  NORMAL   DEP   |   SEP 20  NORMAL    DEP
NORTH PLATTE     9.22    8.78  +0.44   |    0.54    0.89   -0.35
VALENTINE        3.58    8.95  -5.37   |    0.79    1.03   -0.24
BROKEN BOW *    10.95    9.18  +1.77   |    0.63    1.43   -0.80
IMPERIAL   *     3.55    8.65  -5.10   |    0.44    0.96   -0.52

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 ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES FOR JUNE AND JULY WITH BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR
AUGUST.

                        AVERAGE TEMPERATURE/DEGREE F
LOCATION     JUN  NORMAL  DEP | JUL  NORMAL  DEP  | AUG  NORMAL  DEP
NORTH PLATTE 71.6  67.9  +3.7 | 78.3  74.3   +4.0 | 70.3  72.1  -1.8
VALENTINE    70.7  67.5  +3.2 | 81.2  74.5   +6.7 | 71.1  72.8  -1.7
BROKEN BOW   72.1  68.5  +3.6 | 77.1  74.1   +3.0 | 70.1  71.8  -1.7
IMPERIAL     71.9  70.0  +1.9 | 78.7  76.4   +2.3 | 71.6  73.8  -2.2


.FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...RECENT RAINS IN EARLY AUGUST ALLEVIATED THE FIRE
DANGER THREAT ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA. HOWEVER...RECENT
DRY CONDITIONS HAVE CURRED FUELS ACROSS THE AREA. WITH A COMBINATION OF
LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND HIGH WINDS...RAPID SPREAD OF FIRE REMAINS
POSSIBLE.

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 SEPTEMBER 26TH THROUGH
SEPTEMBER 30TH CALLS FOR BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND NEAR NORMAL
PRECIPITATION. THE LATEST 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING SEPTEMBER 28TH
THROUGH OCTOBER 4TH CALLS FOR NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND NEAR NORMAL
PRECIPITATION.

THE LATEST 30 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING OCTOBER CALLS FOR ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

THE LATEST 90 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING OCTOBER...NOVEMBER AND
DECEMBER...CALLS FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES. THERE ARE EQUAL CHANCES
FOR ABOVE...BELOW OR NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION DURING THE PERIOD.


.HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

RIVER FLOWS ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA WERE NORMAL
FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR.

AS OF SEPTEMBER 20TH...THE ELEVATION OF LAKE MCCONAUGHY WAS 3247.7 FEET
WHICH WAS 73 PERCENT OF CAPACITY. THIS COMPARES TO 3256.8 FEET ONE YEAR
AGO. INFLOWS INTO THE LAKE WERE 3122 CFS WHICH COMPARES TO 2235 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 OCTOBER 19 2017.

$$

BUTTLER



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