Ag-Climate Update for January 2020

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The Ag-Climate Update is a joint effort between our climate and extension specialists. Every month the update includes a brief summary of that month, agronomic impacts, relevant maps and graphs, 1-month temperature and precipitation outlooks, monthly extremes, and notable highlights.

January 2020 – Wet and Mild

January was much warmer and wetter than normal.  It ranked as the 16th wettest January and the 26th warmest.  Two stations set records for the greatest January daily amounts: White City, 1.14 inches on the 11th, and Liberal, 1.42 inches on the 28th. Liberal also set a new snowfall record for the month of January at 12 inches.

Due to the wetter than normal pattern, drought conditions improved but were not eliminated.  Severe drought continues to be a problem in the Southwest Division (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Drought map for Kansas as of February 4, 2020. Source: UNL Drought Monitor.

View the entire January 2020 Ag-Climate Summary, including the accompanying maps and graphics (not shown in this summary), at

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