Climate Change
8:00 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

EPA Official says climate change is happening on the High Plains


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.

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6:41 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Farmers hoping for more rain

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More rain could turn things around for farmers, but if the weather turns hot and dry, it could be a repeat of last year.
Some Oklahoma farmers say there's "cautious optimism" that patchy rains this summer will make a dent in the drought afflicting much of the state and help
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8:00 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

High Plains Drought Update: Late October Rains Helped Oklahoma Panhandle


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.  

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Drought forecast
8:00 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Drought improvements in August but unlikely in the fall

National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center

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.

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Drought conditions update
8:09 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Good rains or dry as ever?

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. 

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7:36 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Rain is a Mixed Blessing in the Texas Panhandle

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Recent rains have caused flash floods, washed out farming terraces, and helped dryland crops, but the U.S. Drought Monitor says it won't change the summer outlook.
The sometimes torrential rain in the central and southeastern Texas Panhandle should have many farmers and ranchers in those areas smiling, at least for a while.A National Weather Service cooperative observer reported 2.5 inches of rain had fallen in Clarendon by 10 a.m.
11:15 am
Mon September 10, 2012

High Plains may be left high and dry

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The record drought in the U.S. is forecast to ease in some regions during the fall, but a majority of the drought-stricken regions from the West to the High Plains may be left high and dry by prevailing weather patterns through the end of November, according to the federal government's latest seasonal drought outlook.