Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS La Crosse, WI

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
556 AM CDT Thu Dec 14 2017

...Still Abnormally Dry in Parts of the Area...

SYNOPSIS...

From November 28th through December 12th, up to a third of an inch
fell across northeast Iowa and anywhere from a half to three-
quarters of an inch in north-central Wisconsin.  Since the normal
precipitation for this time period was around a two-thirds of an
inch, there was a slight increase in the precipitation deficits
(anywhere from 1.7 to 4 inches) which have developed since August
1st.

At this time, the only places in the La Crosse Hydrologic Service
Area to remain abnormally dry (D0) are eastern Taylor County in
north-central Wisconsin and in Chickasaw and Floyd counties in
northeast Iowa.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

LOCAL AREA AFFECTED.

Abnormally dry (D0) conditions remain across eastern Taylor County
in north-central and central Wisconsin and in Chickasaw and Floyd
counties in northeast Iowa.

STATE /LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACTIONS.

No know actions are currently taking place.


FIRE DANGER HAZARDS.

As of the morning of December 12th, there was low fire danger
across north-central Wisconsin and northeast Iowa.

As a reminder, citizens should always check with local officials in
their area before undertaking any outside burning.  Citizens are
liable for damages and suppression costs of any wildfire they may
start.

RIVER AND STREAM FLOW CONDITIONS.

As of December 12th, the Black River in north-central and
west-central Wisconsin was running near normal.

CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY...

From August 1st through December 12th precipitation deficits range
from 1.7 to 4 inches across parts of north-central Wisconsin.  Due
to this, abnormally dry (D0) conditions exist across Floyd and
Chickasaw counties in northeast Iowa and eastern Taylor County in
north-central Wisconsin.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...

From December 14th through December 19th, temperatures will average
warmer-than-normal and precipitation will average below-normal.
During this time frame, the daily average temperatures range from 16
to 21 degrees and the normal precipitation is around a quarter of an
inch.

Beyond this time frame the 8 to 14 day forecast (December 20th
through December 26th) from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC)
calls for below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation.
During this time frame, the daily average temperatures range from 14
to 19 degrees and the normal precipitation is around 3 tenths of an
inch.

The CPC seasonal outlook for January through March 2018 has enhanced
chances of colder- and wetter-than-normal for the Upper Mississippi
River Valley.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

This product will be updated on Thursday, January 18th.

&&

.RELATED WEB SITES...

LOCAL DROUGHT SITE...
   https://www.weather.gov/arx/drought
LOCAL DROUGHT MONITORING SITE...
   https://www.weather.gov/arx/droughtmonitoring
U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...
   http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html
NIDIS...
   http://www.drought.gov
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...
   http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/
MIDWESTERN REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER (MRCC)...
  http://mrcc.isws.illinois.edu/
ADDITIONAL RIVER INFORMATION...
     NWS - http://water.weather.gov/precip/index.php?
           location_type=wfo&location_name=ARX
     US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY - http://water.usgs.gov/
     US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS - http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

The Drought Monitor is a multi-agency effort involving NOAA`s
National Weather Service and National Climatic Data Center, the
USDA, state and regional center climatologists and the National
Drought Mitigation Center.  Information for this statement has been
gathered from NWS and FAA observation sites, state Cooperative
Extension Services and the US Army Corps of Engineers and USGS.

.QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

If you have any questions or comments about this Drought Information
Statement, please contact the NWS La Crosse at:

E-mail: nws.lacrosse@noaa.gov
Telephone: 608-784-8275

The Climate focal point at the NWS La Crosse is Jeff Boyne.

$$

BOYNE



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