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Drought Conditions in the High Plains Region-Update October 24

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Source/Author: Joseph Brum-High Plains Regional Climate Center 10/24/13

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a wet pattern continued in Colorado and Wyoming and in the eastern half of the High Plains Region, rains continued to improve conditions in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Kansas. Also, a reassessment of past rains in portions of the Region prompted major improvements.     

In the Region as a whole, all categories of drought continue to improve, if only slightly, with the exception of extreme drought (D4), which continues to remain constant at 0.3% of the Region. The area of moderate drought (D1) or worse improved by another 7% this week, to total 22.40%.

In Wyoming, widespread improvements occurred as a reassessment of precipitation totals from the past prompted one-category improvements to the southwestern and east-central portions of the state. After this reassessment, only 16.33% of the state remains in a D1 condition and only 0.44% of the state remains in a severe drought (D2) condition.

In the western half of Colorado, areas of D1 continue to be reduced. The total area of D1 in the state now totals only 26.62%. All other categories remained the same as last week. In Kansas, a small portion of extreme drought (D3) was reduced this week and only fractions of a percent were added to the areas of D1 and D2.

In Nebraska, a reassessment of recent precipitation in the panhandle placed a one-category upgrade in the area. Along the northern border, D1 and abnormally dry (D0) conditions were eliminated this week.

In the Dakotas all drought conditions have been eliminated and only small portions of D0 remain. North Dakota has a small pocket of D0 in northeast portion of the state totaling 14.37% and in South Dakota D0 totals only 10.76% of the state.

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 (Unavailable with Government Shutdown): 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










 22.40 11.80


 45.14 54.86 29.51 12.46 2.18 0.30




 2.46 0.30
 09/01/2013 29.87 70.13 43.21 19.50 3.01 0.30
 09/24/2013 26.98 73.02


 24.46 5.87


 09/17/2013 25.94 74.06 54.27 25.19 7.47 0.30



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