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Drought Conditions in the High Plains Region-Update November 7

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

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, early season snow and improving moisture conditions in the Rockies led to some improvements in the western states of the High Plains Region. In other areas rain mainly fell in areas that are not currently experiencing drought.   

In the Region as a whole, the area of moderate drought (D1) or worse conditions improved 3% this week to total just 19.29% of the Region. After removal of some abnormally dry (D0) conditions, half of the Region is not currently experience drought or dry conditions. This is the first time since May 5, 2012 that the Region has been in conditions this good.

In Wyoming, the early snow has brought about a one-category upgrade to D1 conditions in western portion of the state. This early snow has also brought about the upgrade of severe drought (D2) to D1 in the east-central portion of the state. This is the first time since May 15, 2012 that Wyoming has not experienced D2 type conditions.

In the western half of Colorado all but a small portion of D1 was upgraded to D0 this week. The total area of D1 in the state now totals only 21.04%. In the eastern half of the state, no improvements were made this week and the area of exceptional drought (D4) in the Region continues to hang on.

In South Dakota, D0 was trimmed back in the eastern half of the state and D0 only totals 5.13% of the state’s area. In Kansas rain continued to fall this past week, but it continues to fall in the eastern half of the state where drought conditions are nonexistent. This little D0 that did remain along the Missouri border has been removed and all conditions in the western half of the state remain the same.

This week Nebraska and North Dakota remained the same as last week.

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










 19.29 11.71


 48.58 51.42 22.40 11.80 2.05 0.30




 2.05 0.30
 10/15/2013 45.14 54.86 29.51 12.46 2.18 0.30
 10/08/2013 38.88 61.12


 14.62 2.46


 10/01/2013 29.87 70.13 43.21 19.50 3.01 0.30



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