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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE  
721 AM CDT FRI APR 21 2017  
 
...MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE ACROSS PORTIONS OF  
FAR SOUTHWESTERN NEBRASKA...  
   
SYNOPSIS
 
 
UNSEASONABLY WARM TEMPERATURES CONTINUED INTO THE FIRST HALF OF  
APRIL ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA. AS OF THE 19TH OF  
APRIL...AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR APRIL WERE RUNNING FROM AROUND 6  
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AT IMPERIAL...TO AROUND 8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL  
AT NORTH PLATTE. PRECIPITATION DURING THE FIRST HALF OF APRIL WAS  
WELL BELOW NORMAL ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA.  
HOWEVER...OVER THE PAST 30 DAYS...PRECIPITATION WAS NEAR NORMAL DUE  
TO A FAIRLY WET SECOND HALF OF MARCH.  
   
SUMMARY OF IMPACTS
 
 
AS OF APRIL 20TH...ACCORDING TO THE US DROUGHT MONITOR...MODERATE  
DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE OCCURRING ACROSS DEUEL...FAR SOUTHERN  
GARDEN...FAR SOUTHERN KEITH...PERKINS AND NORTHERN CHASE COUNTY.  
ELSEWHERE...ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS WERE SEEN ACROSS THE REMAINDER  
OF KEITH...SOUTHERN CHASE COUNTY AND CENTRAL 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 APRIL 2016  
THROUGH MARCH 2017, THE PREVIOUS 6 MONTH PRECIPITATION TOTALS FROM  
OCTOBER 2016 THROUGH MARCH 2017, THE PREVIOUS 3 MONTH PRECIPITATION  
TOTALS FROM JANUARY 2017 THROUGH MARCH 2017 AND PRECIPITATION TOTALS  
SO FAR FOR APRIL THROUGH THE 19TH OF THE MONTH.  
 
12 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES 6 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES  
 
LOCATION APR-MAR NORMAL DEP | OCT-MAR NORMAL DEP  
NORTH PLATTE 24.14 20.23 +3.91 | 5.96 4.49 +1.47  
VALENTINE 27.80 20.02 +7.78 | 5.96 4.08 +1.88  
BROKEN BOW * 27.93 23.62 +4.31 | 6.36 5.70 +0.66  
IMPERIAL * 20.39 19.14 +1.25 | 3.65 4.12 -0.47  
 
3 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES THRU APR 19 PRECIP/INCHES  
 
LOCATION JAN-MAR NORMAL DEP | APR 19 NORMAL DEP  
NORTH PLATTE 3.01 1.89 +1.12 | 0.31 1.30 -0.99  
VALENTINE 2.83 1.81 +1.02 | 1.23 1.25 -0.02  
BROKEN BOW * 3.68 2.41 +1.27 | 0.29 1.50 -1.21  
IMPERIAL * 2.31 1.75 +0.56 | 0.39 1.14 -0.75  
 
PRIMARY LOCATION OF PRECIPITATION DATA IS FROM THE AUTOMATED  
SENSORS AT THE AIRPORT.  
 
* PRECIPITATION DATA INCLUDES A COMBINATION OF AUTOMATED SENSORS  
AND COOPERATIVE DATA.  
 
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR THE LAST 3 MONTHS SAW A RANGE FROM BELOW  
NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR DECEMBER, TO NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR  
JANUARY...TO MUCH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR FEBRUARY.  
 
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE/DEGREE F  
LOCATION JAN NORMAL DEP | FEB NORMAL DEP | MAR NORMAL DEP  
NORTH PLATTE 24.9 25.0 -0.1 | 35.5 29.0 +6.5 | 43.8 38.0 +5.8  
VALENTINE 22.8 23.6 -0.8 | 31.4 27.2 +4.2 | 40.1 36.2 +3.9  
BROKEN BOW 24.7 25.5 -0.8 | 35.2 28.0 +7.2 | 42.1 37.7 +4.4  
IMPERIAL 26.5 28.3 -1.8 | 38.0 31.5 +6.5 | 44.9 39.8 +5.1  
 
   
FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...AS OF THE MIDDLE OF APRIL
 
ONE HOUR  
FUELS ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA WERE GREEN UP  
HADN/T OCCURRED...WERE CURED AND READY TO BURN. LARGE FIRE GROWTH  
HAS OCCURRED EARLIER THIS SPRING WHEN WIND SPEEDS WERE ELEVATED  
AND TEMPERATURES WERE ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
BOTTOM LINE, THE THREAT FOR WILDFIRE WILL CONTINUE INTO LATE SPRING  
IF FUELS REMAIN DRY AND WIND SPEEDS AND TEMPERATURES ARE ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT THE NORTH PLATTE NWS FIRE  
WEATHER WEB SITE PROVIDED BELOW.  
 
HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/LBF/FIRE  
 
   
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS
 
 
THE LATEST 6 TO 10 DAY OUTLOOK, COVERING APRIL 26TH THROUGH  
APRIL 30TH, CALLS FOR BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE  
NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE LATEST 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING  
APRIL 28TH THROUGH MAY 4TH CALLS FOR BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES  
AND ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION.  
 
THE LATEST 30 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING MAY HAS EQUAL CHANCES FOR  
ABOVE, BELOW OR NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AS WELL AS PRECIPITATION.  
 
THE LATEST 90 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING MAY...JUNE AND JULY 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.  
 
   
HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK
 
 
RIVER FLOWS ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA WERE NORMAL  
FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR.  
 
AS OF APRIL 19TH, THE ELEVATION OF LAKE MCCONAUGHY WAS 3253.4  
FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL AND WAS AT 81 PERCENT OF CAPACITY. THIS  
COMPARES TO THE ELEVATION OF 3256.2 FEET ONE YEAR AGO. INFLOWS  
INTO THE LAKE WERE 1357 CFS WHICH COMPARES TO 1188 CFS ONE YEAR  
AGO.  
 

 
   
RELATED WEB SITES
 
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS MAY BE FOUND  
AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES:  
 
U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR: HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM/MONITOR.HTML  
NOAA DROUGHT PAGE: HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.NOAA.GOV  
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER /CPC/: HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV  
MIDWESTERN REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER:  
HTTP://MCC.SWS.UIUC.EDU/INDEX.JSP  
HIGH PLAINS REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER: HTTP://HPRCC.UNL.EDU  
NEBRASKA STATE CLIMATE OFFICE:  
HTTP://WWW.NEBRASKACLIMATEOFFICE.UNL.EDU  
IOWA CLIMATOLOGY BUREAU:  
HTTP://WWW.IOWAAGRICULTURE.GOV/CLIMATOLOGY.ASP  
NWS RIVER INFORMATION: HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS  
USGS RIVER INFORMATION: HTTP://WATER.USGS.GOV  
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS: HTTP://WWW.MVR.USACE.ARMY.MIL  
   
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
 
THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING NOAA'S  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER, THE  
USDA, STATE AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS AND THE NATIONAL  
DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER. INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT HAS  
BEEN GATHERED FROM NWS AND FAA OBSERVATION SITES, STATE  
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICES, THE USGS AND THE CENTRAL NEBRASKA  
PUBLIC POWER AND IRRIGATION DISTRICT.  
   
QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS
 
 
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT  
INFORMATION STATEMENT, PLEASE CONTACT:  
 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE  
5250 EAST LEE BIRD DRIVE  
NORTH PLATTE, NE 69101  
PHONE: 308-532-0921  
E-MAIL: CHRISTOPHER.BUTTLER@NOAA.GOV  
 
THIS PRODUCT WILL BE ROUTINELY ISSUED ON THE THIRD THURSDAY OF THE  
MONTH. THE NEXT ISSUANCE WILL BE MAY 18 2017.  
 

 
 
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