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Drought Conditions in the High Plains Region-Update June 27

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Source/Author: Joseph Brum-High Plains Regional Climate Center 06/27/13

Drought Monitor June 25. 2013

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Year to date precipitation percent of normal

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Warm temperatures and minimal rain continues to plague parts of the High Plains Region. As it has been for the last month, the western and southern portions of the Region have seen its drought conditions remain the same or worsen. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the High Plains Region as a whole had the area of moderate drought (D1) decrease by about 3%, to total 66.65% of the Region. The decrease occurred in South Dakota and the northeastern corner or Wyoming. In Colorado, the heat of the summer and lack of rainfall continue to deteriorate drought conditions. This week there was a 3.5% increase in area of extreme drought (D3) in the southeast part of the state. Furthermore, severe drought (D2) expanded in the northeast corner of the state. As the summer moves forward, wildfires will continue to be a threat with these conditions in place. Also in the western portion of the Region, south central Wyoming saw an expansion of D3 conditions this week, an increase in area of about 5%. There were two bright spots this week with one category upgrades in northwest and central South Dakota and an upgrade of D1 conditions to abnormally dry (D0) conditions in the northeast corner or Wyoming. North Dakota remains without drought and Kansas and Nebraska, had drought conditions remain the same compared to last week.

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








 66.65 45.80  


 20.55 79.45 69.76 45.46 21.27 8.03
 20.30 79.70 68.45


 19.43 7.73
 06/04/2013 18.13 81.87 69.02 46.22 19.48 7.48
 05/28/2013 15.36 84.64 72.98 55.55 21.35


 05/21/2013 11.10 88.90 76.75 60.09 25.05 7.62




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