Recent News

Press Release:  Governor Sam Brownback declares all Kansas counties drought free - 6/3/2016

Executive Order 16-02

Interview - Kansas Ag Issues Podcast - Kelly Lenz With Tracy Streeter, KWO




Kansas Water Office Drought Update

The Kansas Water Office has the statutory responsibility to monitor conditions and inform the Governor when drought conditions are present in the state.

The Climate and Drought Update is produced at least monthly as a climate summary to reflect conditions in the State. When conditions warrant updates will be posted more frequently. 

        June 2017 - Kansas Climate and Drought Update Summary

    The Season Drought Outlook, developed by the NOAA Climate Prediction Center (NOAA CPC), assesses the likelihood for improvement, persistent or deterioration in drought conditions for areas currently experiencing drought as identified by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Kansas Drought Declarations - Drought Free
June 3, 201
Kansas Drought Free Map


Helpful Documents and Links


Governor Brownback's Drought Resources Web Site - an online resource to provide drought information for all Kansans.

Kansas Water Office Fact Sheet - Emergency Access to State Fishing Lakes and Corps of Engineers Reservoirs - 7/26/2012

Drought Monitor Explanation - A comparison of the various indexes used in the US Drought Monitor, and their current value for the Kansas climate divisions.

Drought Preparedness - KWO Fact Sheet 13a

Drought Response - KWO Fact Sheet 13b

Responding to Drought: A Guide for City, County and Water System Officials


The Drought Impact Reporter - The Drought Impact Reporter is part of the National Drought Mitigation Center. It allows producers to report concerns and impacts such as crop loss, livestock loss or need to sell, fish kills, dry wells and community water supply challenges.

National Drought Mitigation Center - National clearinghouse for drought information.

National Drought Mitigation Center - Vegetation Drought Response Index

USDA Farm Service Agency

USDA Disaster and Drought Assistance

FEMA - Disaster Declarations

NOAA National Weather Climate Prediction Center - Outlook maps, Graphs and Tables

NOAA National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center - Soil Moisture

NOAA National Weather Service U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook

National Weather Service

US Drought Monitor

High Plains Regional Climate Center

KARS - The GreenReport


February 2017

January 2017;

Reports from 2015 & 2016

 2016 Drought Reports 

 2015 Drought Reports