Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Des Moines, IA

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
939 AM CST Fri Jan 5 2018

...Moderate Drought Conditions Continue over Parts of South Central
and Southeast Iowa...


After precipitation averaged above normal in October across much of
the state, overall dry weather returned for the last two months of
2017. Across the state, precipitation in November averaged 1 to 2
inches below normal (or 10 to 50 percent of normal) while
precipitation in December averaged a half inch to 1.25 inches below
normal (or 25 to 75 percent of normal). These latter months of the
year typically see around 1 to 3 inches of precipitation each month.
While there has been some expansion of the D0 Abnormally Dry area
over northwestern, central, and east central Iowa, the D1 Moderate
drought areas over parts of south central and southeastern Iowa have
remained largely unchanged.


Precipitation deficits range from between 4 to as much as 12 inches
over many parts of south central and southeast Iowa. With below
normal precipitation in November and December, soil moisture has
declined with anomalies between 40 to 80 millimeters below normal
over parts of southeast Iowa. While the growing season is complete,
above normal precipitation will be necessary through this winter to
ensure good soil moisture for this upcoming year`s growing season.


Near to above normal temperatures and near to below normal
precipitation are forecast over the moderate drought area through the
next 2 weeks. Looking farther out through the winter season, below
normal temperatures and near normal precipitation is expected.


Parts of the following river basins lie within the moderate drought
areas: Chariton, Des Moines, and Iowa. River gauge sites within these
basins that lie within the moderate drought area are around normal
to below normal, according to the USGS as of early January.


This product will be updated in early February, or as necessary.


.Related websites...

Local weather...climate and water information -

Drought Monitor and information -

Iowa State University Cooperative Extension Service -

Iowa Environmental Mesonet -

Additional River Information -
   USGS - http://water.usgs.gov
   COE  - http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil

Climate Prediction Center -

The Drought Monitor is a multi-agency effort involving NOAA and the
National Weather Service and the National Centers for Environmental
Information, the USDA, and the State and Regional Climate Centers
and the Drought Mitigation Center. Information for this statement
has been gathered from the NWS and FAA observation sites, state
cooperative extension services, USDA, COE and USGS.


If you have any questions or comments about this drought information
please contact:

   Craig Cogil
   Climate Services Focal Point
   National Weather Service
   Johnston...IA 50131
   email: craig.cogil@noaa.gov



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