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Drought Conditions in the High Plains Region-Update September 26

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Source/Author: Joseph Brum-High Plains Regional Climate Center 09/26/13

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, rain continued to fall this week in Colorado and neighboring states. This continued the reduction of drought in those areas. Unfortunately these rains were not wide spread in the High Plains Region.

In the Region as a whole, area of moderate drought (D1) or worse conditions improved by almost 5% this week, to total 49.42%. Slight improvements were made in other categories as well, but those reductions were around 1%. As with last week, 0.30% of the Region still remains in exceptional drought (D4).

In Colorado, areas of abnormally dry (D0) conditions were removed in north-central Colorado. In southwestern Colorado a large area of D1 was upgraded to D0 and an area of severe drought was upgraded to D1. With these improvements, only 40.26% of the state remains in a D1 or worse condition.

Rains that fell in Colorado moved into the panhandle of Nebraska and southeastern Wyoming. These rains in Wyoming helped to upgraded some of the extreme drought (D3) area near the Nebraska border. In the panhandle of Nebraska a widespread one-category upgrade of D3 took place. This reduced the area of D3 in the state from 21.00% last week to 11.04% this week. All other areas in both states remained the identical to last week.

Conditions in eastern South Dakota continue to deteriorate with lack of rainfall. The area of D1 continues to expand southward along the Minnesota border. D1 area increased about 4.5% and now totals 29.92% of the state.

In North Dakota, conditions slightly improved with a 1.6% reduction in D1 area. In Kansas, conditions remained nearly the same as compared to last week. The only change was a removal of D0 area in eastern Kansas that totaled less than 1%.

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/sdo_summary.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










 49.42 24.46


 25.94 74.06 54.27 25.19 7.47 0.30
 21.79 78.21 62.27


 15.63 2.16
 09/03/2013 23.60 76.40 63.14 38.49 16.25 2.16
 08/27/2013 21.61 78.39


 39.00 16.58


 08/20/2013 27.30 72.70 58.18 38.84 17.29 2.14


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