Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Wichita, KS

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Wichita KS
941 PM CDT FRI SEP 9 2022

...Drought continues to worsen across Kansas...

.SYNOPSIS...

Continued below normal precipitation and above normal temperatures
has led to worsening drought across Kansas, most pronounced across
southern and western portions of the state.

As of the September 6th drought monitor, EXTREME (D3) to EXCEPTIONAL
(D4) drought encompassed large portions of southern and western
Kansas, with ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) drought across generally the
northeast quarter of Kansas.

.DROUGHT INTENSITY DEFINITIONS...

There are five levels of intensity depicted on the U.S. Drought
Monitor (USDM). The USDM levels are the following:

D0 - ABNORMALLY DRY...Going into drought - Causes short-term dryness
slowing planting, growth of crops or pastures and above average fire
risk. Coming out of drought - There are some lingering water
deficits, pastures are crops are not fully recovered.

D1 - MODERATE DROUGHT...Some damage to crops or pastures...high fire
risk exists...streams, reservoirs and other water sources are
low...some water shortages develop or are imminent, and voluntary
water use restrictions are requested.

D2 - SEVERE DROUGHT...Crop or pasture losses are likely...fire risk
is very high...water shortages are common...water restrictions may
be imposed.

D3 - EXTREME DROUGHT...Major crop and pasture losses...fire danger
is extreme...widespread water shortages and restrictions are
possible.

D4 - EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT...Exceptional and widespread crop and
pasture losses...exceptional fire danger exists...shortages of water
in reservoirs, streams, and wells occur, creating water emergencies.

.PAST PRECIPITATION...

City      Precipitation Jul 1--Sep 8      Departure from Normal

WICHITA              2.09"                       -7.06
SALINA               5.80"                       -2.60
CHANUTE              2.47"                       -6.82
RUSSELL              2.27"                       -5.64


City      Precipitation Jan 1--Sep 8      Departure from Normal

WICHITA             25.19"                       -1.51
SALINA              21.23"                       -2.08
CHANUTE             21.50"                       -8.77
RUSSELL             11.62"                       -8.31

.SOIL MOISTURE AND AGRICULTURE...

As of September 9th per the Climate Prediction Center, soil moisture
anomalies were well below normal across Kansas, most pronounced
across the western two-thirds of the state.

Per the September 6th USDA news release for Kansas:

CORN STATUS: 27 percent very poor, 24 percent poor, 27 percent fair,
19 percent good, 3 percent excellent.

SOYBEAN STATUS: 20 percent very poor, 24 percent poor, 31 percent
fair, 23 percent good, 2 percent excellent.

SORGHUM STATUS: 20 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 32 percent
fair, 18 percent good, 1 percent excellent.

COTTON STATUS: 14 percent very poor, 32 percent poor, 37 percent
fair, 15 percent good, 2 percent excellent.

PASTURE/RANGE STATUS: 36 percent very poor, 32 percent poor, 23
percent fair, 9 percent good, 0 percent excellent.

TOPSOIL MOISTURE STATUS: 50 percent very short, 36 percent short, 14
percent adequate, 0 percent surplus.

SUBSOIL MOISTURE STATUS: 46 percent very short, 39 percent short, 15
percent adequate, 0 percent surplus.

.RIVER AND STREAMFLOW CONDITIONS...

As of September 8th per the U.S. Geological Survey, many river and
stream basins across Kansas were experiencing below to well
below normal streamflow.

.FIRE WEATHER...

Per the latest Predictive Services outlook, much of the region has
near normal potential for significant wildland fires through
December.

.LONG RANGE DROUGHT OUTLOOK...

Per the Climate Prediction Center, drought conditions are expected
to persist or worsen across Kansas through November.

.QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

If you have any questions or comments about this drought information
please contact:

National Weather Service
2142 South Tyler Rd
Wichita, KS 67209
316-942-3102
w-ict.webmaster@noaa.gov

.Related Websites...

US Drought Monitor          drought.unl.edu/dm
Kansas Water Office         kwo.ks.gov
US Geological Survey        waterwatch.usgs.gov
Climate Prediction Center   cpc.ncep.noaa.gov
Nat Center Environ Info     ncei.noaa.gov
NWS Wichita Drought Page    weather.gov/ict/drought
High Plains Climate Center  hprcc.unl.edu
US Dept of Agriculture      usda.gov
Fire Predictive Services    predictiveservices.nifc.gov

.Acknowledgments...

The US Drought Monitor is a weekly collaborative effort between a
number of federal agencies including NOAA/NWS...US Department of
Agriculture...state and regional center climatologists and the
National Drought Mitigation Center.

.Next Issuance...

This product will be updated as conditions warrant.

$$

Kleinsasser


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