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Drought Conditions in the High Plains Region-Update August 8

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Source/Author: Natalie Umphlett - High Plains Regional Climate Center 08/09/13

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, there were both improvements and degradations in drought conditions over the past week in the High Plains Region.

Major improvements were made in Kansas over the past week as heavy rains continued to fall. Some stations even reported over 5 inches of rain in this week alone. Much of the central and eastern portions of the state had a one-category improvement which eliminated drought conditions. This week nearly 30% of the state was free of dryness issues. The western part of the state, where extreme (D3) and exceptional (D4) conditions continue, largely missed out on the precipitation. 

Nebraska had both degradations and improvements. The remaining D4 area in the sandhills was improved to D3, cutting the D4 coverage from 3.65% to 0.78%. A small portion of D3 also had a one-category improvement just south of there. Abnormally dry conditions (D0) were also removed from a few counties in the southeast. Meanwhile, some parts of eastern Nebraska missed out on rains and shifted back into the moderate (D1) designation.

Rain in Colorado has allowed for improvements, most noticeably in the D4 conditions in the southeastern part of the state. In addition, some of the D3 areas in the eastern part of the state improved as did some severe drought conditions (D2) in the west-central part of the state. Drought conditions in Wyoming remained about the same, with some minor improvements in the far southeastern corner of the state where a small area of D2 was downgraded to D1. D3 conditions remained exactly the same. South Dakota had some minor improvements as well, with some one-category improvements in the south-central part of the state. D0 was trimmed back in that area as well.

Meanwhile, D0 expanded and D1 emerged in east-central North Dakota as short-term dryness has started to impact that area.


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

To see the U.S. Monthly Drought Outlok: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/month_drought.png

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










 60.77 42.60  


 20.53 79.47 64.24 46.11 22.01 7.79
 19.86 80.14 66.27


 22.59 8.47
 07/16/2013 21.99 78.01 67.00 48.02 22.41 7.78
 07/09/2013 24.14 75.86 66.22 47.62 23.36


 07/02/2013 24.52 75.48 66.68 46.80 22.98 8.03

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