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Drought Information

Heat Returns
July 21, 2014

Rainfall was more limited this week, although the western KS saw some substational amounts. Elkhart, in exterme southwestern KS, saw over two inches of rain for the week. That was almost 5 times the normal amounts. Extreme drought drought continues and the region is still heavily in severe to extreme drought. Only minimal changes were made to the status this week. Tempertures reached 104 oF at Colby and Tribune yesterday.

The 6-10 day outlook calls for a neutral outlook on precipitation for most of the state. The neutral outlook continues for precipitation across the rest of the state in the 8-14 day outlook. The quantity of precipitation outlook for the seven day period ending next Monday calls for as much as 1.5 inches of precipitation across extreme eastern KS, and as little as half inch for the rest of the state. For temperature, the outlook is for cooler than normal temperatures state-wide for the 8-14 day outlook.

The August outlook and the August-October outlooks have been updated. For precipitation, the outlook is neutral, equally likely to be above or below normal for August, but the late summer trends toward wetter than average. On the temperature outlook, there is a slight chance for warmer than normal temperatures across the southern third of the state.

The El Niņo Watch continues, but an official El Niņo as not been declared. An El Niņo is declared when Pacific water temperatures are +0.5 oC warmer than average for five consecutive 3 month periods. When an El Niņo is present there is an increased likelihood of wetter than normal conditions in the Central Plains.

Below are the latest Drought Monitor and Kansas Drought conditions.  Also shown are the Drought Outlook, the 8-14 day and the July precipitation outlooks, the quantity of precipitation map for the next week and the latest EASAL vegetative condition map:



For additional information check out these links:

K-State Research & Extension Drought Information 

Wind Erosion Prevention from the Wind Erosion Lab:
   Soil Erosion by Wind and its Control                                                                

     An important article on the processes and economics of wind erosion, its causes and ways of control.
     In addition to the article, there are three videos illustrating the important ideas.

Weather For Burning
  NWS Topeka Fire Weather

   NWS Wichita Fire Weather
   NWS Dodge City Fire Weather
   National Fire Weather Information

State Fire Marshall Office

Current Drought Conditions
                   Kansas Water Office drought report (pdf)     6/19/2014

Agricultural Policy Information


Drought Decision Aids, Options, and Considerations for:


Municipal and Home

USDA Article Covering All Four Aspects Mentioned Above 

How Do I Plan For A Drought?




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Updated spreadsheets for Valuing Droughty Silage:
                                                              EXCEL version    2012

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