Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS North Platte, NE

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service North Platte NE
1047 AM CDT Thu Sep 15 2022

...Over the past month, drought conditions have deteriorated over
all of western and north central Nebraska with the exception of
Sheridan and west central Cherry county...


Over the past 30 days, precipitation amounts ranged from a few
hundredths to around 2 inches. All cooperative stations saw
below normal precipitation for the past 30 days. The driest
precipitation totals were over Keith into Garden and Deuel
counties. Precipitation totals were around 2 inches from central
Sheridan into southwestern portions of Cherry county. Temperatures
were well above normal for the past 30 days across all
of western and north central Nebraska. Since August 15th, North
Platte has recorded 3-100+ degree days. Valentine has had 4-100+
degree days. On the 8th of September, the high in Valentine was
106 degrees which tied the all time record hottest temperature
ever recorded in September.


As of September 15th, according to the US Drought Monitor, exceptional
(D4) drought conditions were occurring across southern Deuel,
southern Keith, all of Perkins, southwestern Lincoln, northeastern
Chase, Hayes and portions of southeastern Holt county. Extreme (D3)
drought conditions were occurring over the remainder of Deuel,
the remainder of Keith, the remainder of western Lincoln, the
remainder of Chase, the western third of Frontier, far southeastern
Garden and far southern portions of McPherson and Arthur counties.
Extreme (D3) drought conditions were also occurring over southern
Boyd, southern Keya Paha, the remainder of Holt, most of Rock, most
of Brown and east central Cherry county. Severe (D2) drought conditions
were occurring across the central and eastern Sandhills and most of
Custer county. Moderate (D1) drought conditions were occurring in a
strip across central Custer county, western Cherry, Grant and
northern Garden county. Abnormally (D0) dry conditions were present
over Sheridan county.


River levels on the South Platte were running below the 10th
percentile for this time of year. River levels on the Loup and
Niobrara rivers were generally in the 25th to 75th percentile for
this time of year. River levels along the North Platte system below
Lake McConaughy were near normal for this time of year. Streams in
the Frenchman and Stinking Water basins in southwest Nebraska were
running dry or below the 10th percentile for this time of year.

Lake McConaughy currently has an elevation of 3217.5 feet or 36.8%
of capacity. This compares to an elevation of 3235.6 feet one year


Across most of western and north central Nebraska, non-irrigated
fuels are mostly cured and could support fire given ideal
fire weather conditions. The exception is over the northeastern
Nebraska Panhandle where long term dryness is not as severe.
Heading into fall, if dry conditions persist, fuels will be
very receptive to fire, and will allow rapid fire spread given
the right winds and relative humidity.

For more information, please visit the North Platte NWS fire weather
web site provided below: or contact the North Platte fire weather
focal point: Darren Snively directly at darren.v.snively@noaa.gov.



Summary of recent monthly precipitation from selected stations
across western and north central Nebraska. The summary includes the
previous 12 month precipitation totals: September 2021 to August 2022,
the previous 6 month precipitation totals from March 2022 through
August 2022, the previous 3 month precipitation totals from June 2022
through August 2022, and precipitation totals so far in September through
the 14th.

              12 Month Precip/Inches       6 Month Precip/Inches

Location       Sep-Aug  Normal  Dep    |  Mar-Aug  Normal   Dep

North Platte    14.81   21.08  -6.27   |   10.68   15.92   -5.24
Valentine       15.47   20.90  -5.43   |    9.41   15.83   -6.42
Broken Bow *    17.36   22.90  -5.54   |   14.46   17.07   -2.61
Imperial *       9.66   17.47  -7.81   |    7.94   13.55   -5.61

               3 Month Precip/Inches     Thru Sep 14 Precip/Inches
Location       Jun-Aug  Normal  Dep    |   Sep 14  Normal   Dep

North Platte     5.42    9.28  -3.86   |    0.18    0.65   -0.47
Valentine        4.63    8.82  -4.19   |    0.06    0.68   -0.62
Broken Bow *     9.18    9.26  -0.08   |    0.19    0.84   -0.65
Imperial *       4.52    8.05  -3.53   |    Trace   0.51   -0.51

Primary location of precipitation data is from the automated sensors
at the airport.

*  Precipitation data includes a combination of automated sensors
   and cooperative data.

Average temperatures were above normal in June, July and August.

                         Average Temperature/Degrees F

Location      Jun  Normal  Dep | Jul  Normal  Dep | Aug  Normal  Dep

North Platte  73.9  69.7  +4.2 | 78.9  75.6  +3.3 | 76.7  73.0  +3.7
Valentine     70.7  69.0  +1.7 | 77.5  75.7  +1.8 | 75.5  73.6  +1.9
Broken Bow    73.1  70.3  +2.8 | 75.8  75.3  +0.5 | 74.4  72.9  +1.5
Imperial      73.9  71.0  +2.9 | 79.6  76.5  +3.1 | 77.0  74.2  +2.8


The latest 6 to 10 day outlook covering September 20th through the
24th calls for above normal temperatures and near normal

The latest 8 to 14 day outlook covering September 22nd through
September 28th calls for above normal temperatures and below normal

The latest 30 day outlook for October calls for above normal
temperatures and below normal precipitation.

The latest 3 month outlook for October, November and December calls
for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.


This product will be routinely issued on or near the third Thursday
of the month. The next issuance will be October 20, 2022.



Additional information on current drought conditions may be found
at the following web addresses:

Local weather, climate, fire and water information

U.S. Drought Portal

Additional river and reservoir information USGS -

U.S. Drought Monitor

Climate Prediction Center


The drought monitor is a multi-agency effort involving NOAA`s
National Weather Service and National Climatic Data Center, the
USDA, 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 USGS and the Central Nebraska
Public Power and Irrigation District.


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

Chris Buttler-Climate Services Focal Point
National Weather Service North Platte NE,

National Weather Service
5250 East Lee Bird Drive
North Platte, NE 69101
Phone: 308-532-0921
E-mail: Christopher.Buttler@noaa.gov



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