Drought Information Statement
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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Topeka KS
116 PM CDT Sun Mar 11 2018



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, March 8
includes Severe Drought (D2) in southwestern portions of Dickinson
and Geary counties.  Moderate Drought (D1) stretches north and
east from this area, including Ottawa, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Geary,
Pottawatomie, Jackson, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Lyon, Osage, and
Coffey counties, and portions of Brown, Douglas, Franklin, and
Anderson counties.

Periods of dry conditions have been common since the summer of
2017, with below normal precipitation being the rule for the
entire area this winter.

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.


State and Location Mitigation Actions.
None are known at this time.

Soil Moisture.
According to the Climate Prediction Center, soil moisture
deficits are two to three inches. The Kansas Agricultural
Statistics Service reports topsoil moisture supplies were 70 to 80
short or very short across Kansas.

Agricultural Impacts.
For the state, the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service reports
the condition of the wheat crop was 15 percent very poor and 35
percent poor.

Water Restrictions.
No known water conservation plans or restrictions have been


Precipitation during the winter has been below normal for the
area, generally one to three inches below normal, although this
is the driest time of year for Kansas.  Precipitation in the
summer and fall of 2017 has been more plentiful, but more
variable and still less than normal overall.  Since the summer,
average temperatures have been close to normal.

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

                                    Departure     Percent
North Central Kansas...   Amount   From Normal   Of Normal
Belleville                 14.00      -7.62         65
Washington                 15.07      -8.54         64
Concordia                  19.40      -0.19         99
Clay Center                17.55      -4.25         81
Minneapolis                14.86      -7.29         67

Northeast Kansas...
Marysville                 16.70      -7.51         69
Goff 3 WSW                 14.51     -10.17         59
Manhattan KSU              16.15      -9.20         64
Fostoria 7 NW              18.63      -6.17         75
Blaine 4 E                 16.51      -9.00         65
Bremen 1 E                 13.90      -9.38         60
Blue Rapids                18.32      -5.37         77
Horton                     16.92      -9.64         64

Central Kansas...
Abilene                    14.44      -8.34         63
Herington                  15.57      -9.02         63

East Central Kansas...
Milford Lake               17.03      -6.31         73
Eskridge                   22.65      -3.88         84
Topeka                     25.21      -0.78         97
Perry Lake                 23.78      -4.13         85
Lawrence                   22.72      -5.40         81
Council Grove              20.61      -3.88         84
Pomona Lake                25.56      -2.81         90
Ottawa                     29.32       0.36        101
Emporia 3 NW               18.56      -8.19         69
John Redmond Reservoir     23.62      -3.73         86
Garnett 1 E                26.23      -3.59         88

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

North Central Kansas...  Temperature   From Normal
Belleville                  52.1          -0.5
Washington                  52.9          -0.1
Concordia                   54.1           0.4
Clay Center                 54.2           0.6
Minneapolis                 55.5           1.0

Northeast Kansas...
Marysville                  53.7           0.7
Manhattan KSU               54.7           0.0
Horton                      53.1          -0.2

Central Kansas...
Abilene                     58.0           1.3
Herington                   53.8          -0.2

East Central Kansas...
Eskridge                    52.8           0.3
Topeka                      55.5           0.7
Perry Lake                  53.3           0.5
Lawrence                    54.6           0.2
Council Grove               55.2           1.0
Pomona Lake                 56.2           1.8
Ottawa                      54.1          -0.5
John Redmond Reservoir      55.4           0.9
Garnett 1 E                 54.7          -0.3


The Climate Prediction Center indicates equal chances for
precipitation to be above, below, and near normal for March and
the spring season.  Chances are slightly above equal for
temperatures to be above normal for March and the spring season.


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 three feet above to three feet below
conservation or irrigation pool levels. The latest Probabilistic
Hydrologic Outlooks indicate river flooding is possible though
unlikely through the middle of May.


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



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 -
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/


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


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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