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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
 
TEMPERATURES TRENDED BELOW NORMAL DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER INTO THE FIRST HALF OF JANUARY. PRECIPITATION IN DECEMBER WAS ABOVE NORMAL FOR IMPERIAL...NORTH PLATTE...VALENTINE AND BROKEN BOW. ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION CARRIED OVER INTO JANUARY FOR NORTH PLATTE...IMPERIAL AND BROKEN BOW. SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION WAS REPORTED THROUGH JANUARY 18TH FOR VALENTINE. OVER THE NEXT WEEK...A STRONG UPPER LEVEL LOW WILL TRACK ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS. THIS FEATURE WILL BRING ACCUMULATING SNOWS TO WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA EARLY NEXT WEEK.
 

LOCAL AREAS AFFECTED
 
AS OF JANUARY 19TH...ACCORDING TO THE US DROUGHT MONITOR...MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE OCCURRING OVER THE PINE RIDGE OF NORTHERN SHERIDAN COUNTY. IN ADDITION...MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE OCCURRING OVER FAR SOUTHERN GARDEN...DEUEL...KEITH...PERKINS AND CHASE COUNTIES. ELSEWHERE ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA...ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS WERE OCCURRING OVER WESTERN CHERRY...GARDEN...HAYES FRONTIER...CUSTER...LOUP...GARFIELD AND WHEELER COUNTIES.
 

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...JANUARY 2016 TO DECEMBER 2016...THE PREVIOUS 6 MONTH PRECIPITATION TOTALS...JULY 2016 TO DECEMBER 2016...THE PREVIOUS 3 MONTH PRECIPITATION TOTALS...OCTOBER TO DECEMBER...AND THE PRECIPITATION TOTALS SO FAR IN JANUARY...THROUGH THE 18TH OF THE MONTH.
 
  12 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES   6 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES
LOCATION  JAN-DEC NORMAL DEP   JUL-DEC NORMAL DEP
NORTH PLATTE 23.05 20.23 +2.82   8.61 9.37 -0.76
VALENTINE 26.58 20.02 +6.56   9.10 9.30 -0.20
BROKEN BOW * 25.37 23.62 +1.75   9.61 10.72 -1.11
IMPERIAL * 19.15 19.14 +0.01   6.33 9.28 -2.95
* PRECIPITATION DATA INCLUDES A COMBINATION OF AUTOMATED SENSORS AND COOPERATIVE DATA.
  3 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES   THIS MONTH PRECIP/INCHES
LOCATION  OCT-DEC NORMAL DEP   THRU JAN 18 NORMAL DEP
NORTH PLATTE 2.95 2.60 +0.35   0.56 0.20 +0.36
VALENTINE 3.13 2.27 +0.83   0.12 0.15 -0.03
BROKEN BOW * 2.68 3.29 -0.61   0.33 0.17 +0.16
IMPERIAL * 1.81 3.40 -1.59   0.78 0.15 +0.63
* PRECIPITATION DATA INCLUDES A COMBINATION OF AUTOMATED SENSORS AND COOPERATIVE DATA.
 
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR THE LAST 3 MONTHS.
 
  AVERAGE TEMPERATURE/DEGREE F
LOCATION      OCT NORMAL DEP   NOV NORMAL  DEP   DEC NORMAL  DEP
NORTH PLATTE 55.5 49.1 +6.4   42.7 35.6 +7.1   25.2 25.4 -0.2
VALENTINE     63.4 62.3 +1.1   56.0 48.5 +7.5   42.1 34.4 +7.7
BROKEN BOW 63.2 62.2 +1.0   54.6 49.4 +5.2   43.1 35.8 +7.3
IMPERIAL  65.7 64.4 +1.3   56.8 50.8 +6.0   43.7 37.7 +6.0
 

RIVER AND RESERVOIR CONDITIONS
 

RIVER FLOWS ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA WERE SEASONAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. THE EXCEPTION WAS ALONG THE NORTH PLATTE RIVER WHERE ICE JAMMING HAS CAUSED ELEVATED FLOWS AT LEWELLEN AND NORTH PLATTE. COLD TEMPERATURES WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE FAVORABLE CONDITIONS FOR ADDITIONAL ICE JAMMING ALONG AREA RIVERS WHICH WILL CONTINUE TO BE MONITORED.

AS OF DECEMBER 15TH...THE ELEVATION OF LAKE MCCONAUGHY WAS 3255.3 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL AND WAS AT 84 PERCENT OF CAPACITY. THIS COMPARES TO THE ELEVATION OF 3256.0 FEET ONE YEAR AGO. IN FLOWS INTO LAKE MCCONAUGHY ARE 1200 CFS WHICH IS COMPARABLE TO A YEAR AGO WHICH WAS 1236 CFS.

 

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS
 
AS OF THE MIDDLE OF DECEMBER...ONE HOUR FUELS ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA WERE CURED AND READY TO BURN ACROSS ALL OF WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA. LARGE FIRE GROWTH HAS OCCURRED LATE THIS FALL WHEN WIND SPEEDS WERE ELEVATED.

BOTTOM LINE...THE THREAT FOR WILD FIRES WILL CONTINUE INTO THE WINTER MONTHS IF PRECIPITATION CONTINUES TO REMAIN MARGINAL AND WIND SPEED ARE ABOVE NORMAL.

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
 
ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA...THE LATEST 30 DAY OUTLOOK FOR JANUARY CALLS FOR EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE...BELOW OR NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION.

THE LATEST 3 MONTH TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK FOR JANUARY...FEBRUARY AND MARCH FORECASTS EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE...BELOW OR NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURES.
 

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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