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Drought Conditions in the High Plains Region-Update November 21

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Source/Author: Joseph Brum-High Plains Regional Climate Center 11/21/13

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the High Plains Region remained mostly dry this past week, with the exception of about a half inch of precipitation across the northern plains where currently no drought conditions exist.  

In the Region as a whole, no changes were made to the moderate drought (D1) this week. The area of D1 or worse in the Region totals 19.31% this week. Abnormally dry (D0) crept up this week to 55.31% of the Region. All other categories remain the same this week.

In Kansas, D0 was expanded across the central portion of the state to reflect the dryness and the 90 day deficits in precipitation. All other states in the Region had conditions remain the same this 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










 19.31 11.71


 49.72 19.31 11.71 2.05 0.30




 2.05 0.30
 10/29/201348.58 51.42
 22.40 11.80 2.05 0.30


01/01/2013 1.20 98.80 93.88 84.32 55.92 25.71




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