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Drought Conditions in the High Plains Region-Update June 20

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Source/Author: Joseph Brum-High Plains Regional Climate Center 06/20/13

Drought Monitor June 18. 2013

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Year to date precipitation percent of normal

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This week’s drought situation in the High Plains Region is a continuation of last week. Areas in the eastern half of the Region continue to see slight improvements. Meanwhile, the areas in the western half of the Region are having conditions remain the same, or in some spots, deteriorate. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the area of moderate drought (D1) or worse totals actually increased a little over 1%, to total 69.76% of the Region. This increase in area was in central Colorado, where abnormally dry (D0) conditions have been in place for the past month. Also increasing this week were areas of extreme drought (D3) and exceptional drought (D4). Again these increases were in Colorado where dry and hot conditions have taken hold. East Central Kansas had improvements this week with severe drought (D2) conditions being upgrade to D1. This resulted in little more than a 5% decrease in D2 area for the state of Kansas. In eastern Nebraska along the Missouri River conditions continue to improve, resulting in D1 area being upgrade to D0. This improvement continued north along the Nebraska-South Dakota border, with D2 being upgrade to D1 this week. Again this week conditions in Wyoming remain the same. In North Dakota conditions remain drought free with only 9.72% of the state in D0 conditions.

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








 69.76 45.46  


 20.30 79.70 68.45 45.80 19.43 7.73
 18.13 81.87 69.02


 19.48 7.48
 05/28/2013 15.36 84.64 72.98 55.55 21.35 7.41
 05/21/2013 11.10 88.90 76.75 60.09 25.05


 05/14/2013 7.52 92.48 80.56 65.20 29.25 7.88



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