Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Topeka, KS

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Topeka KS
843 PM CDT Tue May 15 2018

...MINOR RELIEF IN DROUGHT IN SOME AREAS...

SYNOPSIS...

The U.S. Drought Monitor is available online at
http://www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu/.  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 Thursday, May 10
includes Extreme Drought (D3) in southern Dickinson and
southwestern Morris counties, Severe Drought (D2) from southern
Ottawa county east into southwestern Jackson county then south
into western Coffey county, and Moderate Drought (D1) for nearly
the entire remainder of the area except for much of north central
Kansas.

Above normal precipitation fell in portions of north central and
northeast Kansas, bringing minor reductions in drought in some
areas, but precipitation deficits over nearly the past year
continue to be high for much of the area.

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 Location Mitigation Actions.
The U.S.D.A. F.S.A. approved emergency haying and grazing on C.R.P.
acreages in 28 counties in Kansas and emergency grazing in five
counties.

Soil Moisture.
According to the Climate Prediction Center, soil moisture deficits
are two to four inches.  The Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service
reports topsoil moisture supplies were 40 to 50 short or very short
across Kansas.

Agricultural Impacts.
For the state, the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reports
the condition of the wheat crop was 16 percent very poor and 34
percent poor.

Water Restrictions.
No known water conservation plans or restrictions have been enacted
in the local area.


CLIMATE SUMMARY...

Rainfall of a few inches was common from Ottawa county
east-northeast into Brown and Jackson counties in early May, but
precipitation amounts were generally less than half of normal from
early April to early May. Many locations have received less than
two-thirds of their normal amounts of precipitation since the
summer of 2017.

Precipitation totals in inches for June 1 2017 through
May 8 2018...

                                    Departure     Percent
North Central Kansas...   Amount   From Normal   Of Normal
Belleville                 16.81     -10.43         62
Washington                 19.30     -10.25         65
Concordia                  23.76      -0.90         96
Clay Center                22.74      -4.61         83
Minneapolis                20.01      -7.46         73

Northeast Kansas...
Marysville                 21.44      -8.79         71
Goff 3 WSW                 18.49     -12.91         59
Manhattan KSU              20.62     -11.09         65
Fostoria 7 NW              23.68      -7.16         77
Blaine 4 E                 21.08     -10.28         67
Bremen 1 E                 18.36     -10.80         63
Blue Rapids                23.04      -6.42         78
Horton                     23.13     -10.34         69

Central Kansas...
Abilene                    17.22     -11.96         59
Herington                  18.72     -12.51         60

East Central Kansas...
Milford Lake               19.76      -9.48         68
Eskridge                   25.41      -8.02         76
Topeka                     29.24      -3.54         89
Perry Lake                 29.50      -4.21         88
Lawrence                   26.35      -8.87         75
Council Grove              24.53      -6.55         79
Pomona Lake                29.73      -5.71         84
Ottawa                     34.07      -2.11         94
Emporia 3 NW               22.96     -10.39         69
Garnett 1 E                29.94      -7.07         81


Average Temperature in Degrees Fahrenheit for June 1 2017
through May 8 2018

                                        Departure
North Central Kansas...  Temperature   From Normal
Belleville                  51.0          -1.2
Washington                  51.9          -0.5
Concordia                   53.0          -0.1
Clay Center                 53.1          -0.1
Minneapolis                 54.6           0.6

Northeast Kansas...
Marysville                  52.5          -0.0
Manhattan KSU               53.6          -0.6
Horton                      51.9          -1.0

Central Kansas...
Abilene                     57.1           0.9
Herington                   52.7          -0.8

East Central Kansas...
Eskridge                    51.9          -0.1
Topeka                      54.6           0.2
Perry Lake                  52.1          -0.3
Lawrence                    53.7          -0.3
Council Grove               54.2           0.6
Pomona Lake                 55.2           1.3
Ottawa                      53.0          -1.1
John Redmond Reservoir      54.4           0.7


PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

The Climate Prediction Center indicates a slightly above equal
chance for precipitation and temperatures to be above normal for the
month of April.  For the period from May through July, there are
equal chances for precipitation to be above, below, and near normal,
while there is a greater than equal chance for temperatures to be
above normal.


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 near
conservation or irrigation pool levels for may reservoirs, though
levels at Council Grove Lake and John Redmond Reservoir were nearly
30 feet below conservation or irrigation pool levels.  The latest
Probabilistic Hydrologic Outlooks indicate river flooding
is possible though unlikely for the vast majority of locations
through the middle of July.


NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

This product will be issued in early June, or earlier if
conditions change substantially.

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RELATED WEB SITES...

National Weather Service, Topeka - http://weather.gov/Topeka
U.S. Drought Monitor - http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/
U.S. Drought Portal - https://www.drought.gov/drought/
High Plains Regional Climate Center - https://hprcc.unl.edu/
Kansas State Climatologist - http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/wdl/
Kansas Water Office - http://www.ks.kwo.org/
U.S.D.A. National Agricultural Statistics Service -
 http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Kansas/
River Information...
National Weather Service - http://water.weather.gov/
U.S. Geologic Survey - https://www.usgs.gov/
Corps of Engineers - http://rivergages.com/
Climate Prediction Center - http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS...

The Drought Monitor is a multi-agency effort involving NOAA`s
National Weather Service and National Centers for Environmental
Information, the U.S.D.A, 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 U.S.D.A., C.O.E., and
U.S.G.S.


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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