Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Goodland, KS

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
1245 AM MDT WED MAY 9 2018

...UNUSUALLY DRY WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS DROUGHT AND FIRE WEATHER
CONCERNS IN MANY AREAS...

SYNOPSIS...

Drought conditions were largely unchanged across the area during the
month of May with most locations receiving below normal
precipitation for the month. Severe drought continued to impact
areas along and south of Highway 40 in northeast Colorado and
northwest Kansas. Moderate drought continued as far north as
Interstate 70. Areas north of Interstate 70 saw some pockets of
abnormally dry but for the most part was drought free.

LOCAL AREAS AFFECTED...

The latest drought monitor was issued on May 3rd.

Drought intensity is rated on a scale from D0...abnormally dry...to
D4...exceptional.

SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) was occurring the following counties:

IN NORTHWEST KANSAS...SW WALLACE, GREELEY, SOUTHERN WICHITA

IN NORTHEAST COLORADO...SOUTHERN CHEYENNE

MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) was occurring in the following counties:

IN NORTHWEST KANSAS...WALLACE, LOGAN, GOVE, SOUTHERN SHERIDAN,
GRAHAM, NORTHERN WICHITA

IN NORTHEAST COLORADO...NORTHERN CHEYENNE, SW KIT CARSON

DROUGHT IMPACTS...

FIRE DANGER...

On May 1st, the National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook
was issued by the National Interagency Fire Center. It indicated the
potential for above normal wildfire activity across the drought
areas of northwest Kansas and eastern Colorado for the month of May,
then near normal activity for the months of June, July and August.
Periods of concern will be wind events coupled with low humidities
that impact fire activity.

AGRICULTURAL...

On March 13th, Kansas governor Jeff Colyer signed a drought declaration for
all 105 counties in the state of Kansas to provide assistance to farmers and
ranchers as they cope with the impact the drought will continue to have
on crops and livestock.

Locally, Greeley, Wichita and Wallace counties were placed under a drought
warning, while Sherman, Thomas, Sheridan, Graham, Logan, Gove, Cheyenne,
Rawlins, Decatur and Norton counties were placed under a drought watch.

PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...

The latest outlooks were made by the Climate Prediction Center on
April 19th.

The three month outlook is valid May 2018 through July 2018...

PRECIPITATION...EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE...NEAR...OR BELOW NORMAL.

TEMPERATURE...ABOVE NORMAL.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...
If you have any questions or comments about this information please
contact:

JERRY KILLINGSWORTH
CLIMATE SERVICES FOCAL POINT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
920 ARMORY ROAD
GOODLAND KS 67735

TELEPHONE 785-899-6412
JERRY.KILLINGSWORTH@NOAA.GOV

RELATED WEB SITES...

US DROUGHT MONITOR...
   DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU

NOAA DROUGHT PAGE...
   WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OS/DROUGHT/WW.SHTML

HIGH PLAINS REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER...
   WWW.HPRCC.UNL.EDU

ADDITIONAL RIVER...LAKE AND RESERVOIR INFORMATION...
   USGS - WATER.USGS.GOV
   BUREAU OF RECLAMATION - WWW.USBR.GOV/GP/

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...
   WWW.CPC.NOAA.GOV

DROUGHT OUTLOOK...
   WWW.CPC.NOAA.GOV/PRODUCTS/EXPERT_ASSESSMENT/SDO_SUMMARY.PHP

KANSAS CROP WEATHER...
   WWW.NASS.USDA.GOV/STATISTICS_BY_STATE/KANSAS/PUBLICATIONS/
      CROP_PROGRESS_AND_CONDITION/INDEX.PHP

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
The US Drought Monitor is produced through a partnership between
the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, the United Stated Department of Agriculture, and
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

NEXT ISSUANCE...
This product will be issued during the first half of each month when
severe drought conditions are occurring or forecast to occur in the
Tri State area of northwest Kansas, southwest Nebraska and northeast
Colorado.

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