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North Platte Drought Information Statement
Drought Conditions Across Western and North Central Nebraska
 
When the U.S. Drought Monitor (routinely issued weekly on Thursday) classification for Western and North Central Nebraska is Moderate Drought (D1) or higher, an expanded Drought Information Statement is issued. This statement is routinely issued on the 3rd Thursday of the month, however may be issued as conditions change, typically on Thursday following the release of the U.S. Drought Monitor.

 
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SYNOPSIS
 
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES OVER THE PAST 45 DAYS...COUPLED WITH VERY SPOTTY RAINFALL...HAS LED TO THE INITIATION OF DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS A GOOD PORTION OF WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA. FOR JUNE 2017...VALENTINE HAD ITS FOURTH DRIEST JUNE ON RECORD AND NORTH PLATTE ITS SECOND DRIEST JUNE ON RECORD. SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR...THE PRECIPITATION DEFICIT FOR NORTH PLATTE AND VALENTINE WAS 1.72 INCHES AND 2.48 INCHES RESPECTIVELY. SINCE JUNE FIRST, THE DEFICIT AT NORTH PLATTE AND VALENTINE WAS 2.82 AND 4.92 INCHES RESPECTIVELY. SO FAR FOR JULY...THROUGH THE 20TH...NORTH PLATTE HAS A SURPLUS OF 0.17 INCHES AND VALENTINE A DEFICIT OF 1.89 INCHES. UPPER LEVEL HIGH PRESSURE WILL WEAKEN THIS WEEKEND...WHICH WILL BRING SOME TEMPERATURE RELIEF TO WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA. HOWEVER, HIGH PRESSURE WILL STRENGTHEN ONCE AGAIN NEXT WEEK INTO NEXT WEEKEND WITH A RETURN IN HOT TEMPERATURES EXPECTED ACROSS THE REGION.
 

LOCAL AREAS AFFECTED
 
AS OF JULY 20TH...ACCORDING TO THE US DROUGHT MONITOR...MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE SEEN ACROSS THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES...HOLT...BOYD...BROWN...WHEELER...EASTERN GARFIELD...KEYA PAHA...THE EASTERN HALF OF CHERRY...DEUEL...SOUTHERN KEITH...PERKINS AND CHASE COUNTIES. ELSEWHERE...ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA...ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS WERE OCCURRING...EXCEPT FOR SHERIDAN AND FAR NORTHERN GARDEN COUNTY.
 

CLIMATE SUMMARY
 
SUMMARY OF RECENT MONTHLY RAINFALL CONDITIONS FROM SELECTED STATIONS ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA. THE SUMMARY INCLUDES THE PREVIOUS 12 MONTH PRECIPITATION TOTALS FROM JULY 2016 THROUGH JUNE 2017, THE PREVIOUS 6 MONTH PRECIPITATION TOTALS FROM JANUARY 2017 THROUGH JUNE 2017, THE PREVIOUS 3 MONTH PRECIPITATION TOTALS FROM APRIL 2017 THROUGH JUNE 2017 AND PRECIPITATION TOTALS SO FAR FOR JULY THROUGH THE 19TH OF THE MONTH.
 
  12 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES   6 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES
LOCATION  JUL-JUN NORMAL DEP   JAN-JUN NORMAL DEP
NORTH PLATTE 17.58 20.23 -2.65   8.97 10.86 -1.59
VALENTINE 19.23 20.02 -0.79   10.13 10.72 -0.59
BROKEN BOW * 18.71 23.62 -4.71   9.10 12.90 -3.80
IMPERIAL * 13.92 19.14 -5.22   7.59 9.86 -2.27
* PRECIPITATION DATA INCLUDES A COMBINATION OF AUTOMATED SENSORS AND COOPERATIVE DATA.
  3 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES   THIS MONTH PRECIP/INCHES
LOCATION  APR-JUN NORMAL DEP   THRU JUL 19 NORMAL DEP
NORTH PLATTE 5.96 8.97 -3.01   2.00 1.83 +0.17
VALENTINE 7.30 8.91 -1.61   0.10 1.99 -1.89
BROKEN BOW * 5.42 10.49 -5.07   1.18 1.79 -0.61
IMPERIAL * 5.28 8.11 -2.83   0.27 1.83 -1.56
* PRECIPITATION DATA INCLUDES A COMBINATION OF AUTOMATED SENSORS AND COOPERATIVE DATA.
 
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR THE LAST 3 MONTHS.
 
  AVERAGE TEMPERATURE/DEGREE F
LOCATION      APR NORMAL DEP   MAY NORMAL  DEP   JUN NORMAL  DEP
NORTH PLATTE 50.8 47.6 +3.2   56.5 57.9 -1.4   71.6 67.9 +3.7
VALENTINE     49.5 46.7 +2.8   57.2 57.6 -0.4   70.7 67.5 +3.2
BROKEN BOW 50.1 47.8 +2.8   57.3 58.8 -1.5   72.1 68.5 +3.6
IMPERIAL  50.6 48.5 +2.1   57.7 59.8 -2.1   71.9 70.0 +1.9
 

RIVER AND RESERVOIR CONDITIONS
 

RIVER FLOWS ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA WERE NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR.

AS OF JULY 19TH...THE ELEVATION OF LAKE MCCONAUGHY WAS 3253.3 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL AND WAS AT 81 PERCENT OF CAPACITY. THIS COMPARES TO THE ELEVATION OF 3263.1 FEET ONE YEAR AGO. INFLOWS INTO THE LAKE WERE 446 CFS WHICH COMPARES TO 1313 CFS ONE YEAR AGO.

 

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS
 
FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...AS OF THE MIDDLE OF JULY...ONE HOUR FUELS WERE 80 PERCENT CURED AND ABLE TO SUPPORT LARGE FIRE GROWTH.

BOTTOM LINE, THE THREAT FOR LARGE WILDFIRES WILL CONTINUE INTO THE END OF SUMMER AND FALL MONTHS IF THE CURRENT DRY CONDITIONS PERSIST.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT THE NORTH PLATTE NWS FIRE WEATHER WEB SITE PROVIDED BELOW...OR CONTACT THE NORTH PLATTE FIRE WEATHER FOCAL POINT /SHAWN JACOBS/ DIRECTLY.

HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/LBF/FIRE
 

PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS
 

THE LATEST 6 TO 10 DAY OUTLOOK, COVERING JULY 25TH THROUGH JULY 29TH, CALLS FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE LATEST 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING JULY 27TH THROUGH AUGUST 2ND CALLS FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

THE LATEST 30 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING AUGUST CALLS FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES. THE PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK FOR AUGUST IS FOR EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE...BELOW OR NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

THE LATEST 90 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING AUGUST...SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER CALLS FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR ALL OF WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA. THE PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK CALLS FOR EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE...BELOW OR NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

 

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS
 

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

CHRIS BUTTLER
CLIMATE SERVICES FOCAL POINTS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
NORTH PLATTE NE
CHRISTOPHER.BUTTLER@NOAA.GOV

 

RELATED WEB SITES
 
LOCAL WEATHER...CLIMATE AND WATER INFORMATION
HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/LBF
 
U.S. DROUGHT PORTAL
HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.GOV
 
ADDITIONAL RIVER AND RESERVOIR INFORMATION
U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY - HTTP://WATER.USGS.GOV
CENTRAL NEBRASKA PUBLIC POWER & IRRIGATION DISTRICT - HTTP://WWW.CNPPID.COM
 
US DROUGHT MONITOR
HTTP://WWW.DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU
 
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER
HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV
 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER...THE USDA...STATE AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS AND THE DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER. INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN GATHERED FROM NWS AND FAA OBSERVATION SITES...STATE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICES...USGS...AND THE CENTRAL NEBRASKA PUBLIC POWER AND IRRIGATION DISTRICT.
 

NEXT ISSUANCE
 
THIS PRODUCT WILL BE ROUTINELY ISSUED ON THE THIRD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH.
 

 
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