The Regional Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency says climate change is already happening in Kansas and the entire region. Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reported Administrator Karl Brooks says the best way to minimize climate change is to implement the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
Dry conditions continue across the High Plains listening region. Rain in southern Kansas slightly improved the abnormally dry conditions. Heavy rains on October 26 improved conditions in the Oklahoma panhandle according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
The High Plains are continuing to benefit from a stalled weather front along lower sections of the central Plains, which is serving as a focus for continued precipitation. As a result, the monthly drought outlook map from the Climate Prediction Center (see first slide above) shows improvement across the HPPR coverage area though August.
You may think that we’ve had good rainfall in recent weeks. Or you might feel it’s been as dry as ever. Across the High Plains either situation could be the case. While the latest drought maps shows general improvement across the region, a closer look shows a very hit or miss picture with the percentage of normal precipitation varying widely from locale to locale.