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Drought Conditions in the High Plains Region-Update October 3

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Source/Author: Joseph Brum-High Plains Regional Climate Center 10/03/13

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, rainfall in Colorado tapered off this week, but widespread rainfall in the eastern Dakotas, central Nebraska, and northwestern Kansas helped improve conditions in those areas.

In the Region as a whole, area of moderate drought (D1) or worse conditions improved by another 6% this week, to total 43.21%. A 5% improvement in area of severe drought (D2) occurred this week as well. As with last week, 0.30% of the Region still remains in exceptional drought (D4).

Wyoming had major improvements this week. A large area of extreme drought (D3) was upgraded to D2 in the southwestern portions of the state. Now only 2.85% of the state remains in a D3 condition. In central Wyoming, a majority of the area was upgraded one-category eliminating drought conditions and leaving the area in an abnormally dry (D0) condition.  

In Colorado, an area of D2 was upgraded this week to D1 in the northwestern corner of the state. In the northeastern corner of the state D0 conditions were eliminated and D1 conditions were upgraded to D0. The only area of exceptional drought (D4) in the Region still remains in the southeastern corner.   

Western Kansas has improvements this week. The areas of D3 were upgraded one-category and only total about 4% of the state. This is a major upgrade from just a month ago when on September 3, 30.55% of the state was in D3 conditions. In Nebraska, the panhandle continues to see improvements. Some D0 was eliminated and a small portion of D1 was trimmed back. In south-central Nebraska an area of D3 was upgraded to D2 and now only 6.6% of the state remains in D3. In north-central Nebraska a large area of D2 was upgrade to D1.

In the Dakotas, rainfall helped drought conditions by upgrading an area of D2 in northeastern South Dakota to D1 and upgrading D1 conditions in eastern third of North Dakota to D0. Also, an area of D0 was eliminated in the southeastern corner of North Dakota.  

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/DataArchive/Tables.aspx?high_plains

      Drought Condition (Percent Area): High Plains Region










 43.21 19.50


 26.98 73.02 49.42 24.46 5.87 0.30




 7.47 0.30
 09/03/2013 21.79 78.21 62.27 38.13 15.63 2.16
 08/27/2013 23.60 76.40


 38.49 16.25


 08/20/2013 21.61 78.39 64.04 39.00 16.58 2.05


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