Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri

Public Information Statement for Saint Joseph, MO

By: HurricaneISPY, 12:46 PM GMT on February 19, 2007

625 am CST Mon Feb 19 2007

...Drought conditions continue to significantly improve...

.Synopsis...Fairly regular bouts of rain and snow over the past
several months have significantly improved the drought conditions
over the lower Missouri River valley. Only a very few long term
drought impacts have been noted...most notably subsurface moisture
and Stock Pond levels. These measures should also continue to
improve over the next several weeks with snow melt and additional
precipitation episodes. Therefore...this will be the last statement
regarding this drought.

.Local areas affected...Rain and snowfall have been sufficient to
alleviate short term drought concerns over the past several months.
This has lead to a vast improvement in drought conditions over
Kansas and Missouri. Abnormally dry conditions now prevail over 1
County in east central Kansas and 4 counties in parts of northeast
Missouri. No drought conditions exist across the remainder of east
central Kansas and northwest and central Missouri.


Abnormally dry (d0) - across east central Kansas and parts northeast
Missouri.

Counties included in the abnormally dry region...

In kansas:

Linn.

In missouri:

Putnam...Schuyler...Adair...and Macon.

No drought exists - across the remainder of northeast Kansas and
northwest and central Missouri.

For the latest drought monitor information go to:
http://www.Drought.Unl.Edu/dm/monitor.Html

.State and local actions...The state of Missouri weather and climate
subcommittee met on February 13th...and updated the County drought
status map. All counties in the northwest half of the state were
improved to phase one drought (advisory phase). The southeast half
of the state is currently experiencing no drought conditions.
Additional information concerning the drought in Missouri can be
obtained from the Missouri department of natural resources web site
at: http://www.Dnr.MO.Gov/env/wrc/droughtupdate.Htm

In the State of Kansas...all counties technically remain under a
drought warning...however this declaration has not been updated
since the fall of 2006. This means that a severe drought exists in
the state with crop or pasture losses likely...some stock water
shortages...a very high rangeland fire danger...some public water
supply shortages...and some streamflow target not being met.
Currently...drought conditions in the State of Kansas are generally
relegated to the south central parts of the state. Additional
information concerning the drought in Kansas can be obtained from
the Kansas water office web site at:
http://www.Kwo.Org/

.Climate summary...Below are 3-month and 12-month precipitation
totals from selected locations across missouri:

Location Dec 1-Feb 17 precip normal departure % normal
-------- ------------------- ------ --------- --------
Kansas City 3.13 3.50 -0.37 89
St Joseph 2.71 2.90 -0.19 93
Chillicothe 3.69 3.74 -0.05 99
Kirksville 3.25 3.23 +0.02 101
Sedalia 2.76 4.88 -2.12 57
Columbia 4.80 5.45 -0.65 88
Springfield 7.66 6.55 +1.11 117
Joplin 6.44 6.05 +0.39 106
St Louis 6.18 6.27 -0.09 99

Location Mar 1-Feb 17 precip normal departure % normal
-------- ------------------- ------ --------- --------
Kansas City 31.09 37.38 -6.29 83
St Joseph 29.84 34.69 -4.85 86
Chillicothe 29.63 37.21 -7.58 80
Kirksville 30.42 36.58 -6.16 83
Sedalia 21.61 41.28 -19.67 52
Columbia 30.20 39.33 -9.13 77
Springfield 42.96 43.96 -1.00 98
Joplin 35.00 45.07 -10.07 78
St Louis 31.98 37.74 -5.76 85


.Surface moisture conditions...With the rain and snow over the past
several months...soil moisture deficits continue to improve. Soil
moisture deficits of 20mm to 40mm (0.8 to 1.6 inches) have been
reported in an area extending from northeast Missouri through
central and southwest Missouri. Localized areas in central Missouri
have deficits of 40mm to 60mm (1.6 to 2.4 inches) far northwest
Missouri and northeast Kansas have no soil moisture deficits...while
areas across the southeastern third of Missouri are reporting
significant soil moisture surpluses. Additional information on soil
moisture can be obtained from the climate prediction center(cpc) web
site at: http://www.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.Gov/soilmst/W.Shtml

.River and stream flow conditions...Most rivers are now flowing near
average for this time of year...with the exception of smaller rivers
impacted by ice jams. Additional information on river and stream
flow can be found at the following web site:
http://water.USGS.Gov/waterwatch/

.Agricultural impacts...With the growing season long
passed...agricultural impacts are minimal at this time. There have
been some reports across the area of continued reductions to Stock
Pond levels...however snow melt and additional precipitation during
the next several months will begin to remedy this situation.
Additional agricultural information can be obtained from the usda
web site at:
http://www.Nass.Usda.Gov/statistics_by_state/Missouri/index.Asp

.Fire danger impacts...

...the keetch-Byram drought index (kdbi) is a drought index that is
specifically related to fire potential.

The kdbi is broken into 4 categories which indicate the
susceptibility of ground fuels to fire danger. Below are the 4
categories and a brief description of each.

Kdbi 0 to 200 - low.......wet with little danger of fire initiation
kdbi 201 to 400 - moderate..drying occurring with some fire danger
kdbi 401 to 600 - High......Ground cover dry and will burn readily
kdbi 601 to 800 - extreme...dead and live fuels will burn readily

The current kdbi:
eastern Kansas and missouri: low

...Palmer drought severity index.

Pdsi is a long term drought severity index. The current weekly pdsi
remains between -1.9 and +1.9 (near normal) for eastern Kansas
and the northwest three-quarters of Missouri.

1000-hour dead fuel moisture values continue above 20 percent for
eastern Kansas and Missouri. 100-hour dead fuel moisture values are
reported between 16 and 20 percent across the area. 10-hour dead
fuel moisture values are also reported between 16 and 20 percent
across eastern Kansas and Missouri. More information related to fire
danger impacts can be obtained from the wildland fire assessment
system (wfas) web site at: http://www.Wfas.US/

.Precipitation/temperature outlooks...The 8-14 day temperature
outlook for the Feb 25-Mar 3 period calls for a slightly better than
normal chance for near average temperatures across eastern Kansas
and Missouri...while the 8-14 day precipitation outlook for Feb
25-Mar 3 calls for a better than normal chance for above average
precipitation across Kansas and Missouri. The 30 day outlook for
March 2007 indicates equal chances for above...below...or near
average temperatures over Missouri and Kansas. The 30 day
precipitation outlook for March 2007 also indicates equal chances
for above...below...or near average precipitation across eastern
Kansas and Missouri. The 90 day outlook for the period March through
may 2007 indicates equal chances for above...below...or near average
temperatures and precipitation over eastern Kansas and Missouri.
More information can be obtained from the climate prediction centers
(cpc) outlook web site at: http://www.CPC.NOAA.Gov/products/forecasts

.Acknowledgements...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...cooperative
and volunteer observations...usdafs...the usda and USGS.

.Related web sites...
Local weather...climate and water information :
http://www.Weather.Gov/kc/

Additional water information :
USGS - http://water.USGS.Gov/
Coe - http://www.Mvr.Usace.Army.Mil/

US drought monitor :
http://www.Drought.Unl.Edu/dm/index.Html

Climate prediction center :
http://www.CPC.NOAA.Gov/

.Questions or comments...If you have any questions or comments about
this information please contact:

Mark o'malley
climate services Focal Point
National Weather Service Pleasant Hill
mark.Omalley@noaa.Gov

.Next issuance...This will be the final drought summary issued from
this office regarding the drought of 2006.

Public Information Statement

By: HurricaneISPY, 9:14 PM GMT on February 01, 2007

1125 am CST Thu Feb 1 2007

...Above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation
characterized Kansas City weather in January...

...Above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation
characterized Saint Joseph weather in January...

The average temperature at the Kansas City International Airport was
28.8 degrees...which was 1.9 degrees above normal. The average high
temperature was 37.7 degrees or 1.7 degrees above normal. The
average low temperature was 19.8 degrees which was 2.0 degrees above
normal. The highest temperature for the month was 60 degrees on the
11th. The lowest temperature was one below zero on the 16th.

Precipitation came in at 0.83 of an inch for the month...or 0.32 of
an inch below normal. The greatest precipitation in a 24 hour period
was 0.36 of an inch on the 20th through the 21st. Snowfall for the
month was 6.0 inches. The seasonal total is 6.4 inches.

At Saint Joseph...the average temperature was 26.6 degrees...which
was 0.2 degrees above normal. The average high was 36.9 degrees
which was 0.1 degrees above normal. The average low temperature was
16.3 degrees which was 0.4 degrees above normal. The highest
temperature was 59 degrees on the 4th and 11th. The lowest
temperature was 4 below zero on the 16th.

Precipitation at Saint Joseph was 0.50 of an inch...or 0.38 of an
inch below normal. The greatest precipitation in a 24 hour period
was 0.28 of an inch on the 20th through the 21st. Snowfall for the
month was 5.8 inches and the seasonal total is 5.8 inches.


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