Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Goodland, KS

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Goodland KS
738 PM MDT Fri Sep 1 2023 /838 PM CDT Fri Sep 1 2023/

...Drought Conditions Have Improved Over the Past Month;
Degradations Possible...



Over the past month the overall drought has continued to improve
thanks in part to an active spring and summer. However, the recent
hot and dry spell the Plains have seen to end August and thus far
into September are bringing back some concerns of degradation in
the near future. Outside of a large Mesoscale Convective System
(MCS) a week or two ago their has been very little to no rainfall
in the Tri-State area. There is some concern for flash drought
developing, however the wind has been playing in the areas favor
has it has remained relatively tame for High Plains standards.

The latest drought monitor was issued on August 31st.

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

EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT (D4) was occurring in the following counties:

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

In northwest Kansas: Graham.

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

In northwest Kansas: Decatur,Norton,Gove.

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

In northwest Kansas: Cheyenne,Rawlins,Sherman,Thomas,Sheridan.

In southwest Nebraska: Hitchcock,Red Willow.

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

In northwest Kansas: Logan,Wichita.

In southwest Nebraska: Dundy.


The recent dry spell has been drying out fuels across the area. As
we head into the Fall which is typically the areas windiest months
there will be increasing fire weather concerns. The other factor
as we head into the fall, is the abundance of rainfall this year
has led to some fairly tall grasses, which may provide additional
fuels as the first frost and freezes occur.


For the week ending August 28th, there were 6.6 days suitable for
fieldwork, according to the USDA`s National Agricultural
Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 26% very
short, 40% short, 33% adequate, and 1% surplus. Subsoil moisture
supplies rated 24% very short, 44% short, 31% adequate, and 1%


The latest monthly outlook issued by the Climate Prediction
Center for September 2023, is favoring above normal temperatures
and favoring below normal precipitation.

The latest three month outlook issued by the Climate Prediction
Center for the months of September, October and November 2023,
favoring above normal temperatures and equal chances for above,
below or near normal precipitation.


The latest Seasonal Drought Outlook issued by the Climate
Prediction Center valid through November, 2023, shows drought
developing across the entire Tri-State Area.


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


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:

Kansas Crop Weather:

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


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


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

National Weather Service
920 Armory Road
Goodland KS 67735


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