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Drought Conditions in the High Plains Region - Update November 29

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Source/Author: Joseph Brum - High Plains Regional Climate Center 11/29/12

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

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U.S. Drought Monitor-November 27, 2012

Image © National Drought Mitigation Center

In the High Plains Region, mild and dry conditions maintained or increased the area of drought this week. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the total area of severe drought (D2) or worse conditions increased about 1.6%, to now total 85.96% of the Region. The area with moderate drought (D1) type conditions in the Region remained relatively the same, totaling 93.69%. The conditions in North Dakota worsened slightly in the southeastern portion of the state where there was an expansion of D2 area. In Wyoming, exceptional drought (D4) continues to expand in the eastern portion of the state. There was about a 2.5% increase in D4 area this week, to total 10.10% of the state.  In Kansas, D4 conditions expanded in the south-central part of the state. The area of D4 expanded 1.5% this week, to total 35.97% of the state.  The drought conditions in Nebraska had little change this week versus last week. To learn more about the U.S. Drought Monitor, please see: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu

In South Dakota recent precipitation has helped the southwestern portion of the state, but in northeastern South Dakota the area of D2 conditions expanded about 3.8%. The total area of D2 or worse type conditions currently is at 96.95% of the state. An increase in extreme drought (D3) conditions occurred in north-central part of the state and the total area of D3 or worse conditions now totals 63.32% of the state. The lone bright spot is where the precipitation fell in southwestern South Dakota, the portion of the state saw a decrease in D4 area by almost 2%. Check out the table below for the drought conditions over the past month for South Dakota. For more on the drought situation in South Dakota check out this site:  http://drought.sd.gov/

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): South Dakota










 100.00  93.09  54.85  32.57
 0.00  100.00  100.00


 54.71  32.57
 0.00  100.00  100.00  87.44  56.86  32.57
 0.00  100.00  100.00  87.41  56.86


 0.00  100.00  100.00  87.41  56.86



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