This Is What Extreme Drought Looks Like, On a Graph

The Arkansas River in western Kansas is flowing at less than 1 percent of normal.

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Just after it crosses the Colorado border into western Kansas, the Arkansas River is barely flowing, as this streamflow graph from the U.S. Geological Survey shows.

The Arkansas River barely deserves the name right now. As this graph from the U.S. Geological Survey shows, the river has almost bottomed out at the Syracuse, Kansas gauging station, near the Colorado border. The flow there is just 0.63 cubic feet per second–less than 1 percent of the historical average for this time of year.

Yesterday, NPR ran a story about how the lack of water hurts multiple sectors in the Arkansas River Basin: rafting companies, farmers, and cities.

How is the drought affecting you? Contact Brett Walton

Brett Walton
Circle of Blue reporter

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