Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
352 PM CDT THU SEP 3 2015

...A SMALL AREA OF MODERATE DROUGHT LINGERS ACROSS SOUTHWEST
WISCONSIN...

SYNOPSIS...

FROM AUGUST 25TH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1ST...2 TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN FELL
SOUTH OF A MASON CITY IA TO MADISON...WI.  THIS WAS ENOUGH RAIN TO
ALLEVIATE THE ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS /D0/ ACROSS MUCH OF CLAYTON
COUNTY IN NORTHEAST IOWA...AND TO IMPROVE THE MODERATE DROUGHT /D1/
TO ABNORMALLY DRY IN GRANT COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN.

MEANWHILE THE REMAINDER OF THE ABNORMALLY DRY AND MODERATE DROUGHT
AREAS IN NORTHEAST IOWA AND SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN RECEIVED 1 TO 2
INCHES OF RAIN.  WHILE THIS RAIN WAS ENOUGH TO MOISTEN THE TOP
SOILS...IT WAS NOT ENOUGH TO ALLEVIATE THE 2 TO 5 INCH RAINFALL
DEFICITS THAT HAVE DEVELOPED THIS SUMMER...THEREFORE...THERE WAS NO
CHANGES MADE BY THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR THIS WEEK.

THE DROUGHT IN SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN IS AFFECTING CROPS /SOY BEANS
WERE ABORTING THEIR PODS IN JUNEAU COUNTY AND THE DRYNESS WAS ALSO
PRODUCING STRESS ON THE PLANTS/ AND CAUSING SOME TREES TO LOSE
LEAVES PREMATURELY. IN ADDITION...THE LOWER PORTION OF THE KICKAPOO
RIVERS WAS RUNNING LESS THAN 30 PERCENT OF NORMAL FLOWS.

IN THE SEPTEMBER 1ST RELEASE OF THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...MODERATE
DROUGHT /D1/ CONDITIONS REMAIN IN SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN.

MEANWHILE ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/ CONDITIONS REMAIN ACROSS PARTS OF THE
MINNESOTA ARROWHEAD...UPPER MICHIGAN...NORTHWEST LOWER
MICHIGAN...THE DOOR PENINSULA IN WISCONSIN...AND NORTHEAST IOWA.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

LOCAL AREA AFFECTED.

MODERATE DROUGHT /D1/ CONDITIONS CONTINUE IN RICHLAND COUNTY IN
SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN.

ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/ TO MODERATE DROUGHT /D1/ CONDITIONS HAVE
RECENTLY DEVELOPED IN ADAMS...CRAWFORD...AND VERNON COUNTIES IN
CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN.

ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/ CONDITIONS CONTINUE IN ALL OR PARTS OF
GRANT...JUNEAU AND MONROE COUNTIES IN WESTERN WISCONSIN...AND IN
ALLAMAKEE...CLAYTON...CHICKASAW...FAYETTE...AND WINNESHIEK COUNTIES
IN NORTHEAST IOWA.


NATIONAL...STATE...AND LOCAL ACTIONS.

NONE.


AGRICULTURE.

IOWA...

ON AUGUST 31ST...THE IOWA FIELD OFFICE OF USDA/S NATIONAL
AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE /NASS/ SAID THAT ALREADY SATURATED
FIELDS ALONG WITH HEAVY RAINS ON FRIDAY LIMITED FIELDWORK IN THE
STATE TO 3.9 DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK FOR THE WEEK ENDING AUGUST
30...2015.  ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK INCLUDED CUTTING HAY AND
SILAGE...AS WELL AS HARVESTING OATS. SCATTERED REPORTS OF SUDDEN
DEATH SYNDROME AND WHITE MOLD IN SOYBEAN FIELDS WERE RECEIVED.

TOPSOIL MOISTURE LEVELS RATED 0 PERCENT VERY SHORT...6 PERCENT
SHORT...78 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 16 PERCENT SURPLUS. SUBSOIL MOISTURE
LEVELS RATED 1 PERCENT VERY SHORT...7 PERCENT SHORT...78 PERCENT
ADEQUATE AND 14 PERCENT SURPLUS.  HEAVY RAINS IN CENTRAL IOWA RAISED
TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL SURPLUS MOISTURE LEVELS UP 13 AND 12 PERCENTAGE
POINTS TO 28 AND 30 PERCENT...RESPECTIVELY.

NINETY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE CORN CROP REACHED THE DOUGH STAGE OR
BEYOND...WITH 57 PERCENT DENTED OR BEYOND...3 DAYS AHEAD OF LAST
YEAR...BUT 3 DAYS BEHIND THE 5-YEAR AVERAGE. THREE PERCENT OF THE
CORN CROP WAS REPORTED AS BEING MATURE. CORN CONDITION RATED 81
PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT.

NINETY-FIVE PERCENT OF SOYBEANS WERE SETTING PODS OR BEYOND...WHILE
11 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS WERE TURNING COLOR...2 DAYS AHEAD OF
2014...BUT 2 DAYS BEHIND NORMAL.  SOYBEANS DROPPING LEAVES WERE ALSO
REPORTED THIS WEEK BY A FEW REPORTERS. SOYBEAN CONDITION RATED 76
PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT.

OATS HARVESTED FOR GRAIN OR SEED WAS VIRTUALLY COMPLETE THIS WEEK.

THE SECOND CUTTING OF ALFALFA HAY WAS NEARING COMPLETION...WHILE THE
THIRD CUTTING OF ALFALFA HAY WAS 67 PERCENT COMPLETE...5 DAYS BEHIND
AVERAGE.  PASTURE CONDITION RATED 66 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT.
LIVESTOCK CONDITIONS WERE REPORTED AS GENERALLY GOOD...ALTHOUGH
MUDDY LOTS WERE REPORTED IN SOME AREAS.

WISCONSIN...

ON AUGUST 31ST...THE WISCONSIN FIELD OFFICE OF USDA/S NATIONAL
AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE /NASS/ REPORTED THAT THERE WERE 5.0
DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK DURING THE WEEK ENDING AUGUST 30...2015.
TEMPERATURES WERE BELOW NORMAL ACROSS THE STATE THIS WEEK...WITH
OVERNIGHT LOWS FALLING INTO THE UPPER 40S AND LOWER 50S.
COOL...CLEAR DAYS HELPED FARMERS WRAP UP THEIR SMALL GRAINS
HARVESTS...BUT THE LACK OF HEAT REPORTEDLY SLOWED DEVELOPMENT OF
CORN AND SOYBEANS. SOAKING RAINS FELL ACROSS SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL
WISCONSIN LATE IN THE WEEK...WHICH HELPED TO ALLEVIATE DRY
CONDITIONS THERE. THE WEEKEND SAW TEMPERATURES CLIMB TOWARD MORE
SEASONAL LEVELS. REPORTERS NOTED THAT ADDITIONAL HEAT IS NEEDED TO
MATURE CORN AND SOYBEANS FOR HARVEST.

TOPSOIL MOISTURES ENDED THE WEEK WITH 21 PERCENT SHORT TO VERY SHORT
ON AVERAGE COMPARED TO 29 PERCENT THE PREVIOUS WEEK. SUBSOIL
MOISTURES WERE 26 PERCENT SHORT TO VERY SHORT COMPARED TO 31 PERCENT
LAST WEEK.

AS OF AUGUST 30...40 PERCENT OF THE CORN CROP WAS IN OR BEYOND THE
DENTED STAGE...8 DAYS AHEAD OF LAST YEAR AND 2 DAYS AHEAD OF THE
FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE. THE CORN CROP WAS RATED 77 PERCENT GOOD TO
EXCELLENT. THERE WERE A FEW REPORTS OF CORN BEING HARVESTED FOR
SILAGE.

TEN PERCENT OF THE SOYBEAN CROP HAD BEGUN TURNING COLOR...2 DAYS
AHEAD OF LAST YEAR BUT 2 DAYS BEHIND THE FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE. SEVENTY-
NINE PERCENT OF THE SOYBEAN CROP WAS RATED GOOD TO EXCELLENT...
2 PERCENTAGE POINTS HIGHER THAN THE PREVIOUS WEEK.

NINETY-TWO PERCENT OF THE OAT CROP HAD BEEN HARVESTED...OVER 3 WEEKS
AHEAD OF LAST YEAR AND 4 DAYS AHEAD OF THE FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE.

THIRTY-NINE PERCENT OF POTATOES HAD BEEN HARVESTED STATEWIDE...JUST
OVER 2 WEEKS AHEAD OF LAST YEAR. POTATO CONDITION WAS RATED 91
PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT...THE SAME AS LAST WEEK.

PASTURE CONDITION WAS RATED 59 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT...UP 1
PERCENTAGE POINT FROM LAST WEEK.

THE THIRD CUTTING OF ALFALFA WAS 92 PERCENT HARVESTED...WHILE THE
FOURTH CUTTING OF ALFALFA WAS 30 PERCENT HARVESTED. THIS HAYING
SEASON CONTINUES AT THE SECOND FASTEST PACE IN MORE THAN 35
YEARS...TRAILING ONLY 2012. ALL HAY CONDITION WAS 77 PERCENT IN GOOD
TO EXCELLENT CONDITION...ONE PERCENTAGE POINT UP FROM LAST WEEK.

A REPORTER IN SAWYER COUNTY REPORTED THAT THE CRANBERRY CROP IS
TURNING COLOR. A REPORTER IN FOND DU LAC REPORTED THAT APPLES AND
PEARS WERE RIPENING WELL. SEVERAL REPORTERS THROUGHOUT THE STATE
REPORTED ANIMAL DAMAGE TO CROPS.

BELOW ARE SELECTED QUOTES FROM FARM REPORTERS AND COUNTY AGRICULTURE
AGENTS ACROSS THE STATE OF WISCONSIN.

IN CLARK COUNTY...IT STILL IS DRY. THE HAY IS MOSTLY STANDING STILL.
 IT SOUNDS LIKE THIS NEXT WEEK WILL BE A GOOD TIME TO MAKE DRY HAY.
MOST OF THE OATS AND WHEAT FIELDS YIELDED VERY WELL WITH PLENTY OF
STRAW.  CORN IS STARTING TO DENT.  SOYBEANS ARE DOING WELL BUT THERE
ARE SOME WEED ESCAPES. CORN SILAGE IS NOT FAR OFF.

IN JUNEAU COUNTY...1.50 TO 2.00 INCHES OF RAIN RECEIVED OVER THE
WEEKEND WAS VERY WELCOME.  IT WAS A NICE SOAKING RAIN AND SHOULD GET
THE CROPS THROUGH THE NEXT COUPLE WEEKS AND CLOSE TO HARVEST.
SILAGE SHOULD START COMING OFF IN A COUPLE WEEKS.  I HEARD FROM A
COUPLE OF PRODUCERS THAT THE SOYBEANS LOOK GREAT...BUT WHEN YOU
START LOOKING AT THE PLANT THE PODS ARE REALLY SPACED OUT SO THERE
AREN`T A LOT OF BEANS PRESENT. YIELDS COULD BE DISAPPOINTING.

IN VERNON COUNTY...THE WEEK STARTED OFF VERY COOL. RECEIVED A NICE
RAIN THURSDAY EVENING WITH TOTALS FROM 0.5 UP TO 2.4 INCHES AROUND
THE COUNTY. PRODUCERS REPORTING SMALL SPOTS OF APHIDS IN THE
SOYBEANS. OVERALL CROPS ARE LOOKING VERY GOOD. CORN SILAGE EXPECTED
TO START SOON.

GROUND WATER IMPACTS.

NONE.

FIRE DANGER HAZARDS.

AS OF THE MORNING OF SEPTEMBER 1ST...LOW FIRE DANGER WAS REPORTED IN
DODGE...FILLMORE...HOUSTON...MOWER...OLMSTED...WABASHA...AND WINONA
COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA...AND ADAMS...BUFFALO...
CLARK...CRAWFORD...GRANT...JACKSON...JUNEAU...LA CROSSE...MONROE...
RICHLAND...TAYLOR...TREMPEALEAU...AND VERNON COUNTIES IN WISCONSIN.

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.

DESPITE RECENT RAINS THE FLOW ALONG THE LOWER PORTION OF THE
KICKAPOO RIVER REMAINS LESS THAN 30% OF NORMAL.

CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY...

WHILE THERE HAS BEEN PLENTIFUL RAINFALL THIS SUMMER ACROSS SOUTHEAST
MINNESOTA AND NORTH OF INTERSTATE 90 IN WISCONSIN...THIS RAIN HAS
BEEN MISSING SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN...AND PARTS OF NORTHEAST IOWA.
SUMMER RAINFALL DEFICITS IN NORTHEAST IOWA RANGE FROM 1 TO 6 INCHES
AND FROM 2.50 TO 5.00 INCHES IN SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN.  THE GREATEST
DEFICITS WERE FOUND IN NEW HAMPTON...IA /5.72 INCHES/ AND
ONTARIO...WI /4.85 INCHES/.  DUE TO THESE RAINFALL DEFICITS...THESE
AREAS ARE EXPERIENCING ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/ TO MODERATE DROUGHT /D1/
CONDITIONS.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...

FROM AUGUST 30TH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4TH...TEMPERATURES WILL AVERAGE
ABOVE-NORMAL...AND PRECIPITATION WILL FROM SEPTEMBER 3RD THROUGH
SEPTEMBER 8TH...TEMPERATURES WILL AVERAGE ABOVE NORMAL AND
PRECIPITATION WILL AVERAGE BELOW NORMAL.  DURING THIS TIME
FRAME...THE DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES RANGE FROM 62 TO 67 DEGREES
AND THE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS AROUND 7 TENTHS OF AN INCH.

FROM SEPTEMBER 9TH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 15TH...THE CLIMATE PREDICTION
CENTER /CPC/ IS FORECASTING BELOW-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE-
NORMAL PRECIPITATION.  DURING THIS TIME FRAME...THE DAILY AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES RANGE FROM 60 TO 65 DEGREES AND THE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION IS AROUND 9 TENTHS OF AN INCH.

THE CPC SEASONAL OUTLOOK FROM OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER OF 2015 CALLS
FOR EQUAL CHANCES OF BELOW-...NEAR-...AND ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES
AND PRECIPITATION.  THEIR FORECAST BELOW IS BASED UPON A STRONG EL
NINO.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED ON THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH.

&&

.RELATED WEB SITES...

LOCAL DROUGHT SITE...   HTTP//WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/ARX/?N=DROUGHT LOCAL
DROUGHT MONITORING SITE...
HTTP//WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/ARX/?N=DROUGHTMONITORING U.S. DROUGHT
MONITOR...   HTTP//WWW.DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM/MONITOR.HTML NOAA DROUGHT
PAGE...   HTTP//WWW.DROUGHT.NOAA.GOV/ MIDWESTERN REGIONAL CLIMATE
CENTER /MRCC/...   HTTP//MCC.SWS.UIUC.EDU/INDEX.JSP ADDITIONAL RIVER
INFORMATION...   NWS - HTTP//WWW.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS/   USGS -
HTTP//WATER.USGS.GOV/   COE - HTTP//WWW.MVR.USACE.ARMY.MIL/
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER /CPC/...      HTTP//WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/

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...USDA...COE AND USGS.

.QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT INFORMATION
PLEASE CONTACT...

JEFFREY BOYNE CLIMATE SERVICES FOCAL POINT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
N2788 COUNTY ROAD FA LA CROSSE WI 54601-3038

TELEPHONE 608-784-8275 E-MAIL JEFF.BOYNE@NOAA.GOV
$$

BOYNE



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