Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Goodland, KS

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Goodland KS
158 PM MDT Sat Sep 3 2022 /258 PM CDT Sat Sep 3 2022/

...Drought Continues and Worsens In Some Areas...

SYNOPSIS...

.SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

August was a fairly uneventful month when it came to precipitation
across the Tri-State area, and Plains overall. All four of ASOS
sites (KGLD, KITR, KMCK and KHLC) were in the top 6 driest
August`s on record through 3/4 of the month. Scattered storms
developed on the 31st which helped the monthly totals. KMCK still
managed to finish the month as the 2nd driest August on record
with 0.20 inches of rain; this was ahead of only August 2012 when
0.15 inches of rain fell for the month. Warm temperatures were
also a theme for the month with all the sites Average Max
Temperatures ranging from 4-6 degrees above normal. The overall
drought persisted with some areas seeing a one class degradation
across Kansas and Nebraska along with D4 drought conditions being
introduced across Hitchcock, Red Willow, Rawlins and Decatur
counties.

The latest drought monitor was issued on September 1.

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

EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT (D4) was occurring in the following counties:
In northwest Kansas: Rawlins,Decatur.

In southwest Nebraska: Hitchcock,Red Willow.

EXTREME DROUGHT (D3) was occurring in the following counties:

In northeast Colorado: Yuma.

In northwest Kansas:
Cheyenne,Sherman,Thomas,Sheridan,Graham,Logan,Gove,Wichita.

In southwest Nebraska: Dundy.

SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) was occurring in the following counties:

In northwest Kansas: Norton,Wallace,Greeley.

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

In northeast Colorado: Kit Carson,Cheyenne.

ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) was occurring in the following counties:

None.

FIRE DANGER...

Summer green up has mitigated some of the fire danger across the
area, however in the areas of the more intense drought conditions
vegetation locally may be favorable for the spreading of fires.
As we continue into the Fall season, the risks for stronger colder
fronts increases as well of the return of gusty to windy
conditions which may increase fire potential.

AGRICULTURAL...

The Crop Moisture Index, which depicts short-term (up to 4 weeks)
abnormal dryness or wetness affecting agriculture, was Excessively
to Severely dry across nearly the entire area for the week ending
August 27th, 2022. Reports from local USDA and FSA offices along
with CMOR also indicates poor pasture grasses and locations where
harvesting may have to begin early.

.PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...

The latest monthly outlook issued by the Climate Prediction
Center for the month of September shows above normal temperatures
and equal chances for normal precipitation.

The latest three month outlook issued by the Climate Prediction
Center for the months of September, October and November shows
above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.

.SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK...

The latest Seasonal Drought Outlook issued by the Climate
Prediction Center valid through November shows drought persisting
across the entire area.

.NEXT ISSUANCE DATE:

This product will be updated by the 5th of each month as long as
drought persists across the area.

.RELATED WEB SITES:

Additional information on current drought conditions may be found
at the following web addresses:
US Drought Monitor: https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu
US Drought Information System: https://www.drought.gov
NOAA Drought Page: https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/Drought
High Plains Regional Climate Center: http://www.hprcc.unl.edu

Climate Prediction Center: http://www.cpc.noaa.gov

Drought Outlook:
http://www.cpc.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/
sdo_summary.php

Kansas Crop Weather:
http://www.nass.usda.gov/statistics_by_state/kansas/publications/
crop_progress_and_condition/index.php

Additional water and river information:
NWS: https://water.weather.gov
OWP: https://water.noaa.gov
US Geological Survey (USGS): https://water.usgs.gov
US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE): https://www.usace.army.mil

.ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

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

.CONTACT INFORMATION:

If you have questions or comments about this Drought Information
Statement, please contact:

National Weather Service
920 Armory Road
Goodland KS 67735
Phone...785-899-2360

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