Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE
721 AM CDT FRI APR 21 2017

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

.SYNOPSIS...

UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPERATURES CONTINUED INTO THE FIRST HALF OF
APRIL ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA. AS OF THE 19TH OF
APRIL...AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR APRIL WERE RUNNING FROM AROUND 6
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT IMPERIAL...TO AROUND 8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL
AT NORTH PLATTE. PRECIPITATION DURING THE FIRST HALF OF APRIL WAS
WELL BELOW NORMAL ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA.
HOWEVER...OVER THE PAST 30 DAYS...PRECIPITATION WAS NEAR NORMAL DUE
TO A FAIRLY WET SECOND HALF OF MARCH.

.SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

AS OF APRIL 20TH...ACCORDING TO THE US DROUGHT MONITOR...MODERATE
DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE OCCURRING ACROSS DEUEL...FAR SOUTHERN
GARDEN...FAR SOUTHERN KEITH...PERKINS AND NORTHERN CHASE COUNTY.
ELSEWHERE...ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS WERE SEEN ACROSS THE REMAINDER
OF KEITH...SOUTHERN CHASE COUNTY AND CENTRAL GARDEN 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 APRIL 2016
THROUGH MARCH 2017, THE PREVIOUS 6 MONTH PRECIPITATION TOTALS FROM
OCTOBER 2016 THROUGH MARCH 2017, THE PREVIOUS 3 MONTH PRECIPITATION
TOTALS FROM JANUARY 2017 THROUGH MARCH 2017 AND PRECIPITATION TOTALS
SO FAR FOR APRIL THROUGH THE 19TH OF THE MONTH.

             12 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES       6 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES

LOCATION       APR-MAR  NORMAL   DEP   |    OCT-MAR  NORMAL  DEP
NORTH PLATTE    24.14   20.23  +3.91   |     5.96    4.49  +1.47
VALENTINE       27.80   20.02  +7.78   |     5.96    4.08  +1.88
BROKEN BOW *    27.93   23.62  +4.31   |     6.36    5.70  +0.66
IMPERIAL   *    20.39   19.14  +1.25   |     3.65    4.12  -0.47

               3 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES    THRU APR 19 PRECIP/INCHES

LOCATION       JAN-MAR  NORMAL   DEP   |   APR 19  NORMAL    DEP
NORTH PLATTE      3.01   1.89  +1.12   |    0.31    1.30   -0.99
VALENTINE         2.83   1.81  +1.02   |    1.23    1.25   -0.02
BROKEN BOW *      3.68   2.41  +1.27   |    0.29    1.50   -1.21
IMPERIAL   *      2.31   1.75  +0.56   |    0.39    1.14   -0.75

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     JAN  NORMAL  DEP | FEB  NORMAL  DEP  | MAR  NORMAL  DEP
NORTH PLATTE 24.9  25.0  -0.1 | 35.5  29.0   +6.5 | 43.8  38.0  +5.8
VALENTINE    22.8  23.6  -0.8 | 31.4  27.2   +4.2 | 40.1  36.2  +3.9
BROKEN BOW   24.7  25.5  -0.8 | 35.2  28.0   +7.2 | 42.1  37.7  +4.4
IMPERIAL     26.5  28.3  -1.8 | 38.0  31.5   +6.5 | 44.9  39.8  +5.1


.FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...AS OF THE MIDDLE OF APRIL...ONE HOUR
FUELS ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA WERE GREEN UP
HADN/T OCCURRED...WERE CURED AND READY TO BURN. LARGE FIRE GROWTH
HAS OCCURRED EARLIER THIS SPRING WHEN WIND SPEEDS WERE ELEVATED
AND TEMPERATURES WERE ABOVE NORMAL.

BOTTOM LINE, THE THREAT FOR WILDFIRE WILL CONTINUE INTO LATE 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 APRIL 26TH THROUGH
APRIL 30TH, CALLS FOR BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE
NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE LATEST 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING
APRIL 28TH THROUGH MAY 4TH CALLS FOR BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES
AND ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

THE LATEST 30 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING MAY HAS EQUAL CHANCES FOR
ABOVE, BELOW OR NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AS WELL AS PRECIPITATION.

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


.HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

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

AS OF APRIL 19TH, THE ELEVATION OF LAKE MCCONAUGHY WAS 3253.4
FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL AND WAS AT 81 PERCENT OF CAPACITY. THIS
COMPARES TO THE ELEVATION OF 3256.2 FEET ONE YEAR AGO. INFLOWS
INTO THE LAKE WERE 1357 CFS WHICH COMPARES TO 1188 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 MAY 18 2017.

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BUTTLER



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