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1 Midwest and Great Plains Climate and Drought Update June 20,2013 Laura Edwards Climate Field Specialist Board of Regents, South Dakota State University

2 General Information Providing climate services to the Central Region Collaboration Activity Between: State Climatologists Doug Kluck & John Eise (NOAA) American Association of State Climatologists Midwestern and High Plains Regional Climate Centers National Drought Mitigation Center/USDA Next Climate/Drought Outlook Webinar July 18, 2013 (1 PM CDT) Access to Future Climate Webinars and Information Operator Assistance for questions at the end 2012 Board of Regents, South Dakota State University

3 Agenda Recent conditions Interesting extremes: cold, wet Drought update and impacts Outlooks Questions/comments Black Forest Fire, courtesy of Nolan Doesken 2012 Board of Regents, South Dakota State University

4 May Temperatures Near average for most of region Board of Regents, South Dakota State University

5 May Temperature Rankings by Climate Division 2012 Board of Regents, South Dakota State University

6 Spring 2013 Temperature Ranking by Climate Division 2012 Board of Regents, South Dakota State University

7 May Precipitation Record wet for Iowa Top 15 wet for ND, SD, MN, WI, IL, MO Board of Regents, South Dakota State University

8 May Precipitation Rankings by Climate Division 2012 Board of Regents, South Dakota State University

9 Spring 2013 Precipitation Ranking by Climate Division 2012 Board of Regents, South Dakota State University

10 Most Recent 30 days Temperature Departure Precipitation Departure 2012 Board of Regents, South Dakota State University

11 Streamflow 7-day Average

12 Current Rivers in Flood Stage

13 Soil Moisture: Very wet or very dry 14 May June 2013 Anomaly in millimeters

14 U.S. Drought Monitor 16 May June 2013

15 Growing Degree Days (Corn) NOAA/USDA/JAWF

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17 Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Mar Mar Apr Apr Apr Apr Apr May May May May Jun Jun Jun Percent United States Corn Areas Located in Drought Agricultural Weather Assessments World Agricultural Outlook Board Date Moderate or more intense drought (D1+) Severe or more intense drought (D2+) Extreme or more intense drought (D3+) Exceptional drought (D4)

18 Colorado Fires Black Forest fire in El Paso county, ignited June % contained. Record 14,280 acres burned, cost estimated at $9.3 million so far. Over 500 structures destroyed. June 12, Image Credit: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault/Fort Carson Public Affairs Office 2012 Board of Regents, South Dakota State University

19 Regional Wildland Fire Acres burned for January 1 June 19: Rocky Mtn region (CO, WY, NE, SD, KS) 784 total fires 22,124 acres Eastern region (MN, IA, MO, WI, IL, IN, OH, MI, northeastern states) 4,775 fires 42,694 acres Wildfiretoday.com Nationally, below 10-year average for number of fires and less than ½ of average acres 2012 Board of Regents, South Dakota State University

20 Looking Ahead 7-day precipitation forecast 8-14 day outlook July temperature and precipitation Late summer (July - September) Seasonal Drought and Seasonal Fire Outlooks

21 7-day Precipitation Forecast (Experimental)

22 8-14 Day Outlook 27 June-3 July 2013 Temperature Precipitation

23 July 2013 Temperature and Precipitation Probabilities Temperature Precipitation

24 July September 2013 Temperature and Precipitation Probabilities Temperature Precipitation

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27 instead Current USDO: Initial 3-Month (Top) & Updated 3-Month (Below) New USDO: 3-Month (Top) & 1-Month (Below) June 30, 2011 instead For more details:

28 Summary of Current Conditions Very wet May in northern Plains & upper Mississippi valley, record wet spring Hail near Ft. Morgan, CO, 6/17/13 Near average May temperatures overall, slightly warmer in eastern states Soil moisture is adequate to surplus in north and east, dry in NE, KS, CO, WY Winter wheat poor due to drought, corn and soybeans have too much water

29 Summary of Outlooks ENSO neutral forecast through summer season Drought conditions likely to improve on eastern fringe of current drought area, persisting in west Short-term forecast shows wet for a week or so, then turning drier and warmer. Humidity could rise. July outlook shows equal chances of above average, near average, or below average temperature and rainfall July-September outlook shows higher likelihood of warmer in west and southwest states

30 Further Information -- Partners Today s and Past Recorded Presentations: NOAA s National Climatic Data Center: Monthly climate reports (U.S. & Global): NOAA s Climate Prediction Center: Climate Portal: U.S. Drought Portal: National Drought Mitigation Center: State climatologists Regional climate centers

31 Thank You! 2012 Board of Regents, South Dakota State University

32 Questions? Climate: Laura Edwards: Doug Kluck: John Eise: Mike Timlin: Natalie Umphlett: Brian Fuchs: Weather:

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