Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Springfield, MO

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Springfield MO
1100 AM CST Thu Dec 14 2017

...Extreme Drought Conditions Over Portions of South Central
Missouri...

...Severe Drought Conditions Expanded across much of South Central
and Portions of Southwest Missouri...

AREAS AFFECTED...

Within the NWS Springfield Forecast Area, Extreme Drought(D3) has
been classified by the U.S. Drought Monitor over southeast
Ozark...southern Howell and southwest Oregon Counties in South
Central Missouri.

Surrounding the Extreme Drought area...all or portions of the
following counties have been classified by the U.S. Drought Monitor
as having Severe Drought(D2) conditions...Stone... Christian
...Taney...Douglas...Webster...Wright...Texas...Howell
...Oregon... Dent...Phelps and Shannon.

SYNOPSIS...

Drier than normal conditions have persisted since early Fall across
southern and central Missouri. Rainfall accumulations are currently
8 to 12 inches below normal for the past 90 days along and east of a
line from Branson to Marshfield to Fort Leonard Wood. The persistent
drier than normal weather has resulted in soil moisture
deficiencies, lower than normal water storage in area ponds, and
lower than normal Fall crop yields.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

Updated reports provided to Agricultural Extension Specialists from
those with agricultural interests in the Severe and Extreme Drought
Areas include: 1)feeding of hay due to minimal fall grass growth, 2)
movement of cattle or hauling water because of low or empty ponds
and little to no flow in smaller creeks and springs, 3) culling of
herds, 4)failure of fall sown crops, 5) poor germination of annual
crops such as oats, wheat and turnips.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

Record low September to November precipitation accumulations were
set at West Plains and Rolla-Vichy, with accumulations of 2.66
inches and 3.35 inches respectively. Across the region most
locations received only between 10 and 25 percent of their normal
rainfall.

Average temperatures have been warmer than normal through the Fall,
leading to more evaporation of moisture from soil and vegetation.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

Streamflows were below normal across much of the severe and extreme
drought area, according to USGS Streamflow Percentiles. Bryant Creek
near Tecumseh was at 4 percent of normal flow, Beaver Creek near
Bradleyville was at 13 percent of normal flow, and North Fork White
near Tecumseh and Bull Creek near Walnut Shade were at 11 percent of
normal flow.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

Equal chances of above, below and normal precipitation are expected
across the drought areas through the next week, with slightly above
normal chances for above normal precipitation through the next two
weeks. There will be equal chances for above, below and normal
precipitation from late December through early January.

Temperatures will have an above average chance of being above normal
for the next week, and an above average chance of being below normal
for the next 8 to 14 days. For late December and early January,
there will be equal chances for above, below and normal temperatures.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

If severe drought conditions persist or become worse, another
Drought Information Statement will be issued on or near Thursday,
December 28.

&&

RELATED WEB SITES...

LOCAL WEATHER, CLIMATE, AND WATER INFORMATION:
http://www.weather.gov/sgf

MIDWEST CLIMATE CENTER DROUGHT INFORMATION PAGE:
http://mcc.sws.uiuc.edu/cliwatch/drought/drought.jsp

MISSOURI STATE CLIMATOLOGIST:
http://climate.missouri.edu

MISSOURI DNR DROUGHT PAGE:
http://www.dnr.mo.gov/env/wrc/droughtupdate.htm

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

U.S. DROUGHT PORTAL:
http://www.drought.gov

U.S. DROUGHT REPORTER:
http://droughtreporter.unl.edu/map

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER:
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

The U.S. Drought Monitor is a weekly collaborative effort between
a number of state and federal agencies including the National
Weather Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the
National Drought Mitigation Center.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

Gene Hatch
Climate Services Focal Point
National Weather Service Springfield MO
gene.hatch@noaa.gov

$$

Terry


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