While the southern divisions saw some moisture, most of the state saw only limited moisture. This week, temperatures dropped significantly, with the state-wide temperatures averaging 1.2 degrees cooler than normal. In the Southwest, much of the precipitation came in the form of snow. Hugoton reported the greatest total for the week at 10.3 inches. Unfortunately, that only translated to 0.52 inches of moisture. In the Southwest, the average precipitation was 0.18 inches which was just 181 percent of normal. The division continues to be above average for the Fall season (September 1 to the November 26th).
State-wide, the average temperature for November is currently 42.3 oF, which is -1.2 degrees cooler than average. The range of temperatures have been very wide. The West Central Division ranged between a high of 82 oF on the 9th and a low of 1 oF on the 7th. In the Southeastern Division, the warmest temperature has been a reading of 76 oF on the 17th, while the coldest reading so far was 11 oF on the 24th.
Due to the dry conditions in November, abnormally dry conditions have returned on the Drought Monitor for the eastern two-thirds of the state. There has been little change in the western divisions. The Seasonal Drought Outlook and the monthly outlook for December call for continuing drought in the western third of the state. Given the fact that we are moving into the drier part of the year, even normal precipitation will have minimal impact on the long term deficits in the region. The El Niņo/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is expected to remain neutral through the winter. For December, the temperature outlook is neutral. That means conditions are equally likely to be above or below normal. The precipitation outlook is also neutral for December. The mid-term outlook of 8-14 days calls for a greater chance of below average temperatures through the 10th of December state-wide. Precipitation outlook calls for greater chance of below normal conditions state-wide, while the quantity of precipitation outlook for the next 7 days is mostly dry.
Below are the latest Drought Monitor
and Kansas Drought conditions. Also shown are the
Drought Outlook, December and Winter precipitation outlooks, the quantity of
precipitation map for the next week and the latest 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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