Drought Preparation and Response

The Kansas Water Office monitors drought conditions through numerous federal and state climate, weather, agricultural, and agency tools to compile and track pertinent conditions in Kansas. Many new tools and information sources have been developed through federal efforts in recent years that have enhanced the state’s ability to monitor conditions and help prepare for drought. 

No single index defines drought for all circumstances, so multiple indices are used. Kansas monitors precipitation, stream flow, reservoir levels and soil, crop and vegetation conditions while considering the tools such as the U.S. Drought Monitor and the Seasonal Drought Outlook prepared by the National Weather Service to judge drought status.

Current Drought Monitor

Drought Monitoring

Governor Declares Drought Emergency, Warnings and Watches for Kansas Counties Drought Executive Order - Issued July 6, 2020

Most Recent Climate Summary and Drought Report

March 2021 Climate Summary and Drought Report


The Climate Summary and Drought Report is compiled at least monthly, more frequently when conditions warrant, by the Kansas Water Office.

The summary report aims to provide readers with  general drought conditions, a climate summary, seasonal outlooks, and water supply conditions.

The summary report also includes monthly observations of precipitation and temperature compared to average precipitation and temperature, along with a wildland fire outlook and future soil moisture predictions. 

Kansas Information and Tools for Drought

Kansas Climate Summary and Drought Updates

January 2019

Previous Years:

2018 Drought Reports
2017 Drought Reports
2016 Drought Reports
2015 Drought Reports

Please call the office if you need years prior to what is shown.

For information on emergency water supplies, please call the Kansas Water Office at 785-296-3185. Staff will determine if you are eligible and direct you to the appropriate agency.

KWO Office
900 SW Jackson Street
Suite 404
Topeka, Kansas 66612
Phone: 785-296-3185
Fax: 785-296-0878
Toll Free: 1-888-526-9283
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