Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Topeka, KS

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DROUGHT STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
1026 PM CDT FRI MAY 23 2014

...BENEFICIAL RAINS CONTINUE TO BE SPOTTY KEEPING OR INTENSIFYING
DROUGHT CONDITIONS...

SYNOPSIS...

THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT
HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM. IT IS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN
SEVERAL GOVERNMENT AND ACADEMIC PARTNERS. THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR
IS ISSUED EACH THURSDAY MORNING AND TAKES INTO ACCOUNT
HYDRO-METEOROLOGICAL DATA THROUGH 7 AM TUESDAY.  THERE ARE FOUR
LEVELS OF DROUGHT: D1 /MODERATE/...D2 /SEVERE/...D3 /EXTREME/...AND
D4 /EXCEPTIONAL/.

THE LATEST U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...ISSUED MAY 22...INDICATED D3 FOR
PORTIONS OF LYON...OSAGE...AND COFFEY COUNTIES...D2 FOR ALL OR
PORTIONS OF REPUBLIC...CLOUD...OTTAWA...WASHINGTON...CLAY...
DICKINSON...AND MARSHALL COUNTIES...AND D1 ELSEWHERE.

IN AN EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT /D4/...EXCEPTIONAL AND WIDESPREAD CROP AND
PASTURE LOSSES RESULT. AN EXCEPTIONAL FIRE DANGER EXISTS...AND
SHORTAGES OF WATER IN RESERVOIRS...STREAMS...AND WELLS OCCUR CAUSING
WATER EMERGENCIES.

IN AN EXTREME DROUGHT /D3/...MAJOR CROP AND PASTURE LOSSES ARE
LIKELY. AN EXTREME FIRE DANGER EXISTS...AND WIDESPREAD WATER
SHORTAGES AND RESTRICTIONS ARE POSSIBLE.

IN A SEVERE DROUGHT /D2/...CROP AND PASTURE LOSSES ARE HIGH...A VERY
HIGH FIRE DANGER EXISTS...AND WATER RESTRICTIONS MAY BE REQUIRED
WITH WATER SHORTAGES COMMON.

IN A MODERATE DROUGHT /D1/...SOME DAMAGE TO CROPS AND PASTURE IS
POSSIBLE. A HIGH FIRE DANGER EXISTS. SOME WATER SHORTAGES DEVELOP OR
ARE IMMINENT...AND VOLUNTARY WATER USE RESTRICTIONS MAY BE REQUESTED.


SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

STATE AND LOCAL MITIGATION ACTIONS.
A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR EMERGENCY USE OF STATE FISHING
LAKE WATER HAS BEEN PUT IN PLACE FOR THE ENTIRE STATE.

SOIL MOISTURE.
ACCORDING TO THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...SOIL MOISTURE DEFICITS
ARE COMMONLY TWO TO FOUR INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THE KANSAS
AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE REPORTS TOPSOIL MOISTURE SUPPLIES
WERE 40 TO 50 PERCENT SHORT OR VERY SHORT.

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS.
FOR THE STATE...THE KANSAS AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE REPORTS
THE CONDITION OF 50 TO 60 PERCENT OF THE WINTER WHEAT CROP TO BE
POOR TO VERY POOR. THE CONDITION OF 10 TO 20 PERCENT OF THE CORN
CROP WAS POOR TO VERY POOR. RANGE AND PASTURE CONDITIONS WERE
REPORTED TO BE 40 TO 50 PERCENT POOR TO VERY POOR. STOCK WATER
SUPPLIES WERE 50 TO 60 PERCENT SHORT TO VERY SHORT.

WATER RESTRICTIONS.
WATER RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN ENACTED OR CONSERVATION OF WATER
REQUESTED BY MANY LOCAL ENTITIES INCLUDING THE CITIES OF
ABILENE...BALDWIN CITY...BENNINGTON...BERN...BURLINGAME...
CIRCLEVILLE...CONCORDIA...DENNISON...GARNETT...HARVEYVILLE...
HERINGTON...HOLTON...HOYT...LAWRENCE...LEBO...LYNDON...MAYETTA...
MCLOUTH...MELVERN...MERIDEN...MORGANVILLE...NETAWAKA...NORTONVILLE...
OSAGE CITY...OTTAWA...POMONA...PRINCETON...QUENEMO...RANTOUL...
ROSSVILLE...SENECA...SOLDIER...VALLEY FALLS...WAVERLY...WELLSVILLE...
WHITING...WILLIAMSBURG...AND THE KICKAPOO TRIBE IN BROWN COUNTY.


CLIMATE SUMMARY...

SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS HAVE BEEN SOMEWHAT SPOTTY IN EARLY AND
MIDDLE MAY...WITH AREAS OF BENEFICIAL RAINS RATHER NARROW. MUCH OF
THE AREA HAS ONLY RECEIVED A THIRD TO HALF OF WHAT NORMALLY FALLS SO
FAR IN MAY...WHICH IS TYPICALLY ONE OF THE WETTEST MONTHS OF THE
YEAR. AS OF MAY 20...SOME LOCATIONS IN NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS HAD NOT
EVEN RECEIVED ONE TENTH OF AN INCH OF PRECIPITATION SO FAR IN MAY.
WESTERN AND SOUTHERN AREAS CONTINUE TO HAVE THE HIGHEST
PRECIPITATION DEFICITS...WITH VALUES COMMONLY IN THE 30 TO 60
PERCENT-OF-NORMAL RANGE. FREQUENT OCCURRENCES OF DRY AIR AND STRONG
WINDS THIS SPRING HAVE ONLY EXACERBATED THE DROUGHT.

PRECIPITATION TOTALS IN INCHES FOR JANUARY 1 THROUGH MAY 20 2014

                                   DEPARTURE      PERCENT
EAST CENTRAL KANSAS...  AMOUNT    FROM NORMAL    OF NORMAL
TOPEKA                    6.68       -4.67          59
LAWRENCE                  6.42       -5.99          52
OTTAWA                    5.94       -6.62          47
EMPORIA 3NW               4.23       -7.06          37
COUNCIL GROVE LAKE        6.01       -4.80          56
MILFORD LAKE              6.66       -3.36          66
ESKRIDGE                  6.20       -5.72          52
GARNETT 1E                7.60       -5.22          59
POMONA LAKE               5.64       -6.60          46

NORTHEAST KANSAS...
MANHATTAN KSU             8.96       -1.58          85
MARYSVILLE                5.06       -4.89          51
HORTON                    6.69       -4.76          58
PERRY LAKE                7.18       -4.67          61

NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS...
CLAY CENTER               6.20       -3.37          65
CONCORDIA                 2.78       -5.63          33
MINNEAPOLIS               4.03       -5.56          42
BELLEVILLE                2.91       -6.27          32
WASHINGTON                3.78       -6.08          38

CENTRAL KANSAS...
ABILENE                   6.45       -4.39          60
HERINGTON                 5.41       -5.41          47


PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE U.S. MONTHLY DROUGHT OUTLOOK INDICATES THE DROUGHT IS LIKELY TO
PERSIST OR INTENSIFY IN NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS...BUT REMAIN STEADY OR
IMPROVE IN NORTHEAST AND EAST CENTRAL KANSAS IN MAY. THE U.S.
SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK INDICATES THE DROUGHT IS LIKELY TO PERSIST
OR INTENSIFY IN MUCH OF EAST CENTRAL KANSAS...WITH SOME IMPROVEMENT
LIKELY IN MUCH OF NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST KANSAS BY THE END OF
AUGUST. FOR JUNE....THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER INDICATES A
SLIGHTLY GREATER THAN EQUAL CHANCE FOR TEMPERATURES AND
PRECIPITATION TO BE ABOVE NORMAL...WHILE THERE ARE EQUAL CHANCES FOR
TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION TO BE ABOVE...BELOW...AND NEAR NORMAL
THROUGH THE END OF AUGUST.


HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY INDICATES STREAMFLOWS OF AREA RIVERS AND
CREEKS RANGE FROM NEAR NORMAL TO MUCH BELOW NORMAL. THE LATEST
LAKE WATER LEVEL READINGS FROM THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS INDICATE
LEVELS OF FIVE FEET BELOW TO THREE FEET ABOVE CONSERVATION OR
IRRIGATION POOL LEVELS. THE LATEST HYDROLOGIC PROBABILISTIC OUTLOOKS
INDICATE FLOODING IS POSSIBLE FOR A FEW CREEKS AND RIVERS THROUGH
LATE AUGUST...BUT HIGHLY UNLIKELY FOR MANY.


NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT IS EXPECTED TO BE UPDATED IN EARLY TO MID JUNE.

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RELATED WEB SITES...

ALL LINKS SHOULD BE IN LOWER CASE LETTERS.

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR - HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM/MONITOR.HTML
NOAA DROUGHT PAGE - HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.NOAA.GOV/
HIGH PLAINS REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER - HTTP://WWW.HPRCC.UNL.EDU/
KANSAS STATE CLIMATOLOGIST - HTTP://WWW.KSRE.KSU.EDU/WDL/
KANSAS WATER OFFICE - HTTP://WWW.KWO.ORG/INDEX.HTM
U.S.D.A. NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE -
     HTTP://WWW.NASS.USDA.GOV/STATISTICS_BY_STATE/KANSAS/INDEX.ASP
RIVER INFORMATION...
     NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE - HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS/
     U.S. GEOLOGIC SURVEY - HTTP://WATER.USGS.GOV/
     CORPS OF ENGINEERS - HTTP://RIVERGAGES.COM/
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER - HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TOPEKA - HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/TOPEKA

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 OBSERVATIONS SITES...STATE COOPERATIVE
EXTENSION SERVICES...THE USDA...COE...AND USGS.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

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

     NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
     1116 NE STRAIT AVE
     TOPEKA KS 66616

TELEPHONE - 785-234-2592
E-MAIL - W-TOP.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV

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