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Drought Conditions in the High Plains Region-Update June 7

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Source/Author: Joseph Brum-High Plains Regional Climate Center 06/07/13

Year to date precipitation percent of normal

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Drought Monitor June 4. 2013

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More rain and below normal temperatures continue to help the drought conditions in the High Plains Region. While most areas in the Region continue to improve, areas in Colorado and western Kansas continue to degrade each week. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the area of moderate drought (D1) or worse totals 69.02% of the Region, down about 3%. Much of the decrease in D1 occurred in South Dakota and the eastern portions of Kansas and Nebraska. There was a big change in severe drought (D2) this week as a little over 9% was upgrade to D1. This reduction mainly occurred in northern Wyoming, western South Dakota, central Nebraska, and southeastern Kansas.

Wyoming was the bright spot this week where about 30% of D2 area was upgrade to D1. Now less than half the state is in a D2 or worse type condition. Furthermore an area of extreme drought (D3) was upgraded to D2 reducing the total area of D3 to less than 10%. In South Dakota, areas of both D1 and D2 continue to be upgraded throughout the state with the recent rainfall. Also, the area free of drought continues to increase, with almost 25% of the state in such a situation. North Dakota is now drought free after only 0.01% was hanging on last week and less than 14% of the state remains in an abnormally dry (D0) condition. As mentioned before, Kansas is split in half, with the western portion of the state in continuing drought and the eastern half continuing to improve. Much is the same in Nebraska where the western third of the state is in continuing drought conditions while the eastern portion continues to improve week by week. With lack of rain in Colorado conditions continue to worsen, an area of D3 was introduced this week in the southwestern portion of the state. More rain is forecasted this weekend for parts of the Region which will continue to help the drought conditions further.

To learn more about the U.S. Drought Monitor, please see: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu

To see the U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook, please see the Climate Prediction Center here: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/seasonal_drought.html

To see the areas of agriculture affected by the drought, please see the USDA link: http://www.usda.gov/oce/weather/Drought/AgInDrought.pdf

To see the impacts of the drought, please see the Drought Impact Reporter here: http://droughtreporter.unl.edu/

Check out the table below for the drought conditions over the past month for the High Plains Region.

To view statistics of the High Plains Region and each state check out the Regional Statistics here: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_tables.htm?High_Plains

      Drought Condition (Percent Area): High Plains Region








 69.02 46.22  


 15.36 84.64 72.98 55.55 21.35 7.41
 11.10 88.90 76.75


 25.05 7.62
 05/14/2013 7.52 92.48 80.56 65.20 29.25 7.88
 05/07/2013 7.98 92.02 82.55 66.30 30.43


 04/30/2013 7.72 92.28 85.04 69.52 32.53 8.00


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