Drought Eased, But Still A Problem Despite Spring Moisture

Pond, reservoir levels still low from drought, continue to cause deep concern going into typically hot, dry months of summer.

Published on: May 16, 2013

Sporadic thunderstorms during April and early May have helped replenish soil profile moisture and raise hopes that there will be a wheat harvest for at least some of the state and have encouraged the planting (however late) of a fall corn crop.

Afternoon and evening thunderstorms are a possibility almost every day over the next several days, although the weather pattern is shifting to the more normal summer pattern that brings scattered storms rather than big system that bring generalized rain.

The easing drought profile in the eastern half of the state, however, has not generated enough runoff to fill pasture ponds or bring reservoir levels up to a comfortable level.

Drought is still a problem in parts of Kansas. The accompanying slideshow depicts the effects across the state.
Drought is still a problem in parts of Kansas. The accompanying slideshow depicts the effects across the state.

Some reservoirs, like Cheney Lake, where Wichita gets about 60% of its water supply, are substantially low.

Watch the following slideshow to see some of the conditions across the state.

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