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Drought Conditions in the High Plains Region-Update August 5th, 2014

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Source/Author: Judson Buescher-High Plains Regional Climate Center 08/07/14

High Plains drought conditions

Image © UNL Drought Monitor

Precipitation totals for the next 7 days

Image © WPC QPF

We're seeing much of the same story this week in regards to the drought update. The High Plains Region experienced another increase in drought, although it is still nothing to worry about. The increase was small, and it is mainly due to an increase in the D0 (abnormally dry) category. This means that areas are going into short-term dryness slowing planting and growth of crops or pastures.

Once again Colorado benefitted the most this week. Although an increase accompanied this week's drought update, there is actually good news coming out of Colorado. The area experienced more monsoonal rains this week reducing the D4 (Exceptional Drought, the worst) category by about 0.50%. As well, these monsoonal rains prevented drought degradation in other parts of the state. 

Nebraska saw a slight increase in D0 drought in the southeastern part of the state, while South Dakota saw an increase in D0 drought in the south central part of the state. Kansas, on the other hand, saw an increase of about 6 percent in the D1 (moderate drought) category and a decrease of about 6 percent in the D2 (severe drought) category. 

It looks like the biggest receiver of rain over the next week will be central Nebraska, northern and eastern Kansas, and south central Colorado. These are areas that are still experiencing dryness, so if the rain occurs there may be some drought relief in these areas. 

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

 Date

 None

 D0-D4

 D1-D4

 D2-D4

 D3-D4

  D4

08/05/2014

62.06

37.94

22.79

7.23

1.59

0.11

07/29/2014

63.28

36.72

21.67

8.60

2.09

0.19

07/22/2014

68.33

31.67

20.89

8.60

2.21

0.19

07/15/2014

68.90

31.10

20.65

9.40

2.75

0.19

07/08/2014

65.69

34.31

22.26

11.20

3.65

0.25

07/01/2014

65.67

34.33

21.44

11.20

3.95

0.39

06/24/2014

63.27

36.73

22.51

11.70

5.23

0.39

06/17/2014

62.91

37.09

23.90

12.36

5.34

0.39

06/10/2014

62.26

37.74

25.58

13.12

7.02

0.39

 

 

 

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