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Drought Conditions in the High Plains Region - Update November 15

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Source/Author: Joseph Brum - High Plains Regional Climate Center 11/15/12

U.S. Drought Monitor-November 13, 2012

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Year-to-date total precipitation percent of normal for the High Plains Region

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The drought conditions continued to improve this week with some much needed rains that fell across a majority of the High Plains Region. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, there was an improvement, again this week, of a little more than 2.5% in total area of moderate drought (D1) or worse conidtions. The area with D1 type conditions in the High Plains Region now totals 93.88%. The conditions in North Dakota are continuing to improve rapidly. This week only 59.02% of the state is in a drought condition, with almost 33% in an abnormally dry condition and a little more than 8% without any conditions. In Nebraska, rains that fell in the southeastern portion of the state improved conditions one category. This improvement gives Nebraska its first area of D1 conditions since the middle of July. In northeastern Colorado, one category improvement in exceptional drought (D4) helped reduce the total area of D4 to 12.50%, a little more than 1% decline versus last week. In South Dakota, conditions worsened in the north central portion of the state. The area of severe drought (D2) or worse conditions increased about 6% this week, to now total 93.09% of the state. The drought conditions in Wyoming had little to no change this week versus last week. To learn more about the U.S. Drought Monitor, please see: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu

In Kansas, conditions improved across the majority of the state. In central Kansas the area of D4 improved one category and the area of D4 now totals 30.98% of the state, an 8% improvement. In eastern Kansas, area of extreme drought (D3) improved 6% this week. Along the eastern border, the area of D2 improved 2% this week. Check out the table below for the drought conditions over the past month for Kansas. For more on the drought situation in Kansas check out this site: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/wdl/drought/welcome.htm

To view more statistics of the High Plains Region and each state check out the Tabular Statistics here: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_highplains.htm


          Drought Condition (Percent Area): Kansas










 100.00  99.45  83.78  38.87
 0.00  100.00  100.00


 77.80  39.68
 0.00  100.00  100.00  99.79  77.80  39.68
 0.00  100.00  100.00  99.79  77.80


 0.00  100.00  100.00  100.00  95.70  44.63



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