Daily Archives: 26 August, 2013

Governor makes changes to drought declaration for Kansas counties

Persistent rains in the eastern half of Kansas have prompted Governor Brownback to make changes to the drought declaration for the state.

For the first time since July 2012, conditions have improved enough to remove ore decrease the emergency drought status for some Kansas counties, according to a press release issued by the governor’s office.
All 105 counties in Kansas were included in the emergency drought declaration in July 2012.

But 23 counties in Kansas – including Sedgwick, Harvey, Reno and Butler in the Wichita metropolitan area – have been removed from the drought declaration.

Executive Order 13-02 updates the drought declaration for Kansas counties.

“We are thankful recent rains have helped remove 23 counties from a drought designation,” Brownback said in the prepared statement. “Unfortunately, our state continues to battle drought as most of the state remains in some level of drought status.”

The update moves 20 counties into a warning status and 25 into a watch status. An emergency remains in effect for 37 counties in far western Kansas.

Some areas of western Kansas are behind more than 10 inches in soil moisture, said Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office and chair of the Governor’s Drought Response Team.

Counties still in emergency stage remain eligible for emergency use of water from certain state fishing lakes. Emergency haying and grazing is also still available for those counties on a case-by-case request.

Drought Emergency:
Cheyenne, Clark, Decatur, Ellis, Finney, Ford, Gove, Graham, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Lane, Logan, Meade, Morton, Ness, Norton, Osborne, Phillips, Rawlins, Rooks, Russell, Scott, Seward, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Stanton, Stevens, Thomas, Trego, Wallace, Wichita

Drought Warning:
Atchison, Barber, Comanche, Doniphan, Douglas, Edwards, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Jewel, Johnson, Kiowa, Leavenworth, Miami, Osage, Pawnee, Pratt, Rush, Shawnee, Wyandotte

Drought Watch:
Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Brown, Chase, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Geary, Harper, Kingman, Lyon, Linn, Marshall, Mitchell, Morris, Nemaha, Neosho, Pottawatomie, Republic, Riley, Sumner, Wabaunsee, Washington, Woodson

Wichita weather: The broken record continues

The string of warm, dry and sunny days continues for the Wichita area today.

Highs will again top out in the low 90s under sunny skies, forecasters say. South winds will be in the teens, gusting to more than 20 miles an hour at times.

Overnight lows wil dip into the low 70s under mostly clear skies, forecasters say.

Tuesday will offer another helping of the same weather pattern, with highs in the low to mid-90s under sunny skies. In fact, the rest of the week will resemble Monday’s weather fare, forecasters say.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.