Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Quad Cities, IA IL

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL
317 PM CST FRI MAR 7 2014


...AFTER A COLD SNOWY WINTER...SOME IMPROVEMENT IN DROUGHT
CONDITIONS NOTED...


SYNOPSIS...

A COLDER THAN NORMAL WINTER HELPED SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT OF A DEEP
FROST LAYER AND THE ACCUMULATION OF ABOVE NORMAL SNOW COVER AROUND
THE AREA. HOWEVER...THE SNOW WATER EQUIVALENT OF THIS SNOW PACK IS
GENERALLY BELOW NORMAL...AND A FROZEN GROUND HAS NOT PERMITTED
REPLENISHMENT OF SOIL MOISTURE TO THIS POINT.

NONETHELESS...THE SNOWFALL AND SOME RECENT RAINS HAVE IMPROVED
THE HYDROLOGIC SITUATION TO SOME DEGREE...THUS THE IMPROVEMENT IN
DROUGHT CONDITIONS. AS WE HEAD INTO THE WETTER TIME OF YEAR AND
SOILS THAW...TYPICALLY THE SOIL MOISTURE PROFILE IS REPLENISHED IN
TIME TO MEET AGRICULTURE NEEDS.


LOCAL AREA AFFECTED...

MODERATE TO LOCALLY SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE IN PARTS OF
SOUTHEAST AND EAST CENTRAL IOWA MAINLY SOUTH OF I-80 AND WEST OF
THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. ELSEWHERE ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN
IOWA AND ILLINOIS...ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS ARE REPORTED. THIS
IS THE AREAS WHERE RECENT IMPROVEMENT OCCURRED.


SOME KNOWN IMPACTS IN THE LOCAL AREA...

LOCAL/STATE/FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACTIONS...CHECK WITH SPECIFIC
AGENCIES FOR UP TO DATE DETAILS.

NO REPORTS.

SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS.

SOIL MOISTURE SUPPLIES ARE BELOW NORMAL...ESPECIALLY WEST OF
THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. FROST DEPTHS OF BETWEEN 2 AND 3 FEET HAVE
BEEN COMMONLY REPORTED.

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS.

NONE.

RIVER AND STREAM FLOW CONDITIONS.

RIVER LEVELS ARE NEAR TO BELOW NORMAL ACROSS THE AREA.

GROUND WATER IMPACTS.

NO REPORT.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS.

WHERE SNOW COVE EXISTS...FIRE DANGER IMPACTS WILL BE LIMITED.
HOWEVER AS SNOW MELT PROCEEDS AND CURED VEGETATION DRIES OUT WITH
THE ARRIVAL OF WARMER WEATHER...FIRE DANGER WILL INCREASE AS IS
TYPICAL OF EARLY SPRING PRIOR TO GREEN UP.

ECOLOGICAL IMPACTS.

NO REPORTS.

WEATHER AND CLIMATE INFORMATION...

CLIMATE SUMMARY.

WINTER TEMPERATURES FOR DECEMBER-JANUARY-FEBRUARY AVERAGED
BETWEEN 9 AND 10 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. FEBRUARY WAS ACTUALLY A
COLDER MONTH THAN JANUARY. CLIMATOLOGICALLY...JANUARY IS USUALLY
THE COLDEST MONTH OF THE YEAR. PRECIPITATION...SPECIFICALLY RAIN
EQUIVALENT...AVERAGED NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL FROM THE QUAD CITIES
SOUTHEAST...AND NEAR TO BELOW NORMAL ELSEWHERE.

BURLINGTON
WINTER SEASON OBSERVED PRECIP/DEPARTURE 5.45 +0.50

CEDAR RAPIDS
WINTER SEASON OBSERVED PRECIP/DEPARTURE 2.43 -1.13

DAVENPORT
WINTER SEASON OBSERVED PRECIP/DEPARTURE 3.91 -0.35

DUBUQUE
WINTER SEASON OBSERVED PRECIP/DEPARTURE 3.72 -0.73

IOWA CITY
WINTER SEASON OBSERVED PRECIP/DEPARTURE 2.51 -1.17

MOLINE-QUAD CITIES
SPRING SEASON OBSERVED PRECIP/DEPARTURE 5.24 -0.03


PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK.

LIGHT SNOW IS LIKELY TONIGHT...AND ANOTHER CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION
IS INDICATED FOR EARLY NEXT WEEK. NEITHER EVENT IS EXPECTED TO
PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF RAIN OR MELTED WATER EQUIVALENT.
TEMPERATURES WILL TREND NEARER TO NORMAL VALUES FOR MARCH...BUT
STILL ON THE COOL SIDE.

FOR WEEK TWO...MARCH 15-21...PROBABILITIES FAVOR NEAR TO BELOW
NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION.

THE SEASONAL OUTLOOK FOR MAR...APR...MAY INDICATES EQUAL CHANCES
OF NEAR...ABOVE OR BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION BUT FAVORS NEAR TO
BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES. THERE IS NO CLIMATE INDICATOR FAVORING
EITHER EXTREME IN WETNESS. ENSO CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN
NEUTRAL THROUGH THE SPRING. AN ENSO WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED
INDICATING THE POSSIBILITY OF ENSO DEVELOPMENT LATER THIS SUMMER
INTO NEXT WINTER.

HYDROLOGIC OUTLOOK.

RIVER LEVELS WILL HOLD STEADY FOR THE NEXT WEEK.

THE NEXT RELEASE WILL OCCUR WHEN A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN DROUGHT
CONDITIONS OCCURS.

$$

WOLF





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