Drought conditions for Kansas continue to worsen. It is imperative to closely monitor conditions for the state as they could deteriorate quickly with no reserves as we start to enter the summer months. Some areas of Kansas are behind more than seven inches in soil moisture and the seasonal outlook shows increased drought conditions shifting farther east than originally projected.
Kansas Weekly Drought Update: - July 2014
The Climate and Drought Update is produced at least monthly as a climate summary to reflect conditions in the State. When conditions warrant updates will be posted more frequently.
The Season Drought Outlook, developed by the NOAA Climate Prediction Center (NOAA CPC), assesses the likelihood for improvement, persistent or deterioration in drought conditions for areas currently experiencing drought as identified by the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Kansas Drought Declarations
May 21, 2014
Federal Drought Disaster 2014
May 28, 2014
The map above (left) shows communities and rural water districts who have initiated their own water conservation measures to extend their water supply during this record drought. Appendix A of the Kansas Weekly Drought Update provides a list of known conservation stages for communities and water suppliers (notifications to state or in the press). The Governor and the Kansas Water Office encourages all communities and water suppliers to help the State get through the extreme drought.
Current 2014 News:
Helpful Documents and Links (Additional links are located in the KWO Drought Update Above)
The Kansas Water Office has the statutory responsibility to monitor conditions and inform the Governor when drought conditions are present in the state. The Director of the Kansas Water Office serves as Chair of the Governor’s Drought Response Team, an interagency group charged with coordinating drought response activities in Kansas.
KANSAS DROUGHT UPDATE - Past Reports
Governor's Drought Team
The Team meets on a regular basis either through conference calls or in-person meetings to address current drought condition issues.
May 19, 2014 - Drought Response Team Conference Call