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Drought Conditions in the High Plains Region-Update July 11

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Source/Author: Joseph Brum-High Plains Regional Climate Center 07/11/13

Drought Monitor July 9. 2013

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Year to date precipitation percent of normal

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With summer in full swing, warm conditions are beginning to settle in throughout the High Plains Region. In some areas these warm temperatures and lack of precipitation are deteriorating drought conditions.  According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the area of moderate drought (D1) or worse remained relatively constant with only a 0.46% decrease, to total 66.22% of the Region. Again this week, moderate drought (D2) had the biggest increase in the Region, at almost 1%. This increase was split between two major areas, south-central Kansas and north-central Wyoming. On the state level these increases in area were a little more than 2.5% for Kansas and about 2% for Wyoming. Continuing on the state level, south-central Kansas had area of about 2.5% downgraded to extreme drought (D3) this week. In northeast Kansas and southeast Nebraska abnormally dry (D0) conditions made their way back this week. After a very wet spring, these areas have had only about 50%-70% of their normal precipitation for the past 30 days. In southwest South Dakota, conditions continue to improve with about 1% of the state’s area being upgraded from D1 to D0 conditions. Conditions in Colorado remained the same this week versus last week and North Dakota remains drought free.



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








 66.22 47.62  


 24.52 75.48 66.68 46.80 22.98 8.03
 24.34 75.66 66.65


 22.97 8.03
 06/18/2013 20.55 79.45 69.76 45.46 21.27 8.03
 06/11/2013 20.30 79.70 68.45 45.80 19.43


 06/04/2013 18.13 81.87 69.02 46.22 19.48 7.48


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