Warm weather was felt in the last week, with the highest temperatures reported on the 18th. Southwest KS saw 102 oF, adding further stress to the winter wheat. Precipitation was less than average for all except the Southeastern Division, which saw an average of 2 inches of rainfall. That equals 147 percent of normal for the week..
Changes in the Drought Monitor have been slight. In the Eastern divisions, with normal to above normal precipitation there has been improvement. A small portion of East Central KS is actually near normal. Extreme and Exceptional drought expanded in Southwestern KS, where moisture was very limited. The latest Drought Outlook indicated some drought conditions are expected to improve. Strongest signal for continued improvement is in the eastern third of the state. In the western division, there may be some improvement, but impacts are expected to continue. The El Niņo/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is expected to remain neutral, which reduces the skill in the forecast. The jet stream is expected to shift northward.
For June, the probability of below normal moisture is greater, and increases as you move south and west. Temperatures are expected to be warmer than normal state-wide. This combination increases the likelihood for intensification of drought conditions in the western half of the state.
Below are the latest Drought Monitor
and Kansas Drought conditions. Also shown are the
Drought Outlook, the June temperature and precipitation outlooks, the quantity of
precipitation map for the next week and the EASAL vegetative condition
For additional information check out these links:
K-State Research & Extension Drought Information
Drought Decision Aids, Options, and Considerations
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