Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS La Crosse, WI

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
526 AM CDT THU AUG 27 2015

...MODERATE DROUGHT CONTINUES IN SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN...

SYNOPSIS...

FROM AUGUST 18TH THROUGH AUGUST 25TH...ANYWHERE FROM 1.50 TO
2.50 INCHES OF RAIN FELL ACROSS PARTS OF SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA.
AUSTIN...MINNESOTA PICKED UP THE GREATEST RAINFALL WITH A TOTAL OF
2.73 INCHES.  ELSEWHERE RAINFALL TOTALS RANGED FROM A HALF TO
1.50 INCHES.  UNFORTUNATELY THE MODERATE DROUGHT /D1/ AREAS IN
ADAMS...CRAWFORD...GRANT...RICHLAND...VERNON COUNTIES IN CENTRAL AND
SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN...AND THE ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/ AREAS IN JUNEAU
COUNTY IN CENTRAL WISCONSIN...AND IN ALLAMAKEE...CHICKASAW...
CLAYTON...FAYETTE...AND WINNESHIEK COUNTIES IN NORTHEAST IOWA
MISSED OUT ON THE HEAVIER RAIN.

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/...CAUSING SOME TREES TO LOSE LEAVES
PREMATURELY...AND CAUSING GRASSES TO TURN BROWN AND GO DORMANT. IN
ADDITION...PORTIONS OF THE LA CROSSE...PLATTE...KICKAPOO...
TURKEY...AND VOLGA RIVERS WERE RUNNING LESS THAN 25 PERCENT OF
NORMAL FLOWS.

IN THE AUGUST 25TH RELEASE OF THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...MODERATE
DROUGHT /D1/ CONDITIONS REMAIN IN SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN AND THE
MINNESOTA ARROWHEAD.

MEANWHILE ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/ CONDITIONS REMAIN ACROSS PARTS OF
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...GRANT...AND VERNON COUNTIES
IN CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN.

ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/ CONDITIONS CONTINUE IN 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 24TH...THE IOWA FIELD OFFICE OF USDA/S NATIONAL
AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE /NASS/ SAID THAT ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION IN WESTERN IOWA DROVE THE STATE AVERAGE DOWN TO 4.1
DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK...WHILE DRIER CONDITIONS ALLOWED FARMERS
MORE THAN 5 DAYS SUITABLE IN EAST CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN IOWA FOR
THE WEEK ENDING AUGUST 23...2015.  ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK INCLUDED
CUTTING HAY...HARVESTING OATS...AND FUNGICIDE AND INSECTICIDE
APPLICATIONS.  THERE WERE SCATTERED REPORTS OF APHIDS IN FIELDS...AS
WELL AS MINOR SUDDEN DEATH SYNDROME IN SOYBEAN FIELDS.

TOPSOIL MOISTURE LEVELS RATED 1 PERCENT VERY SHORT...9 PERCENT
SHORT...78 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 12 PERCENT SURPLUS. SUBSOIL MOISTURE
LEVELS RATED 1 PERCENT VERY SHORT...8 PERCENT SHORT...80 PERCENT
ADEQUATE AND 11 PERCENT SURPLUS. HEAVY RAINS IN NORTHWEST IOWA
ELEVATED SUBSOIL MOISTURE LEVELS UP 10 PERCENTAGE POINTS TO 89
PERCENT ADEQUATE TO SURPLUS THIS WEEK.

EIGHTY-NINE PERCENT OF THE CORN CROP REACHED THE DOUGH STAGE OR
BEYOND...WITH 34 PERCENT DENTED OR BEYOND...4 DAYS BEHIND THE 5-YEAR
AVERAGE. SCATTERED REPORTS OF CORN REACHING MATURITY WERE RECEIVED
THIS WEEK. CORN CONDITION RATED 82 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT.

SOYBEANS BLOOMING NEARED COMPLETION THIS WEEK...WHILE 90 PERCENT OF
SOYBEANS WERE SETTING PODS...WITH A FEW REPORTS OF SOYBEANS STARTING
TO TURN COLOR.  SOYBEAN CONDITION RATED 77 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT.

OATS HARVESTED FOR GRAIN OR SEED WAS NEARING COMPLETION.

THE SECOND CUTTING OF ALFALFA HAY REACHED 97 PERCENT
COMPLETE...WHILE THE THIRD CUTTING OF ALFALFA HAY WAS 57 PERCENT
COMPLETE...4 DAYS BEHIND AVERAGE.

HAY CONDITION RATED 66 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT...WHILE PASTURE
CONDITION RATED 67 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT.

LIVESTOCK CONDITIONS WERE REPORTED AS NORMAL.

WISCONSIN...

ON AUGUST 24TH...THE WISCONSIN FIELD OFFICE OF USDA/S NATIONAL
AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE /NASS/ REPORTED THAT RAINS HAVE
SLOWED HARVEST...BUT ALSO IMPROVED SOIL MOISTURE. THERE WERE 4.4
DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK DURING THE WEEK ENDING AUGUST 23...2015.
 A COLD FRONT PUSHED A LARGE SCALE STORM SYSTEM THROUGH THE STATE ON
TUESDAY...DUMPING HEAVY RAINS STATEWIDE AND SPAWNING THREE TORNADOES
IN SOUTHEASTERN WISCONSIN.  WINDY...OVERCAST CONDITIONS...OCCASIONAL
SHOWERS AND COOLER TEMPERATURES DOMINATED THE REMAINDER OF THE
WEEK...SLOWING HARVEST ACTIVITIES.  A FEW REPORTERS NOTED EROSION OR
PONDING DUE TO HEAVY RAINS...WHILE OTHERS MENTIONED THAT SOME CROPS
ON LIGHT SOILS HAD BEEN TOO DAMAGED BY THIS MONTH/S DRY CONDITIONS
TO FULLY RECOVER.  HOWEVER...THE MAJORITY OF THE STATE WELCOMED THE
RAIN...WITH REPORTERS NOTING LESSENED STRESS IN CORN AND SOYBEANS
AND STRONG GROWTH IN ALFALFA.

TOPSOIL MOISTURES IMPROVED...WITH 29 PERCENT SHORT TO VERY SHORT
STATEWIDE COMPARED TO 41 PERCENT THE PREVIOUS WEEK.  SUBSOIL
MOISTURES WERE 31 PERCENT SHORT TO VERY SHORT COMPARED TO 36 PERCENT
LAST WEEK.

AS OF AUGUST 23...72 PERCENT OF THE CORN CROP WAS IN OR BEYOND THE
DOUGH STAGE...10 DAYS AHEAD OF LAST YEAR AND 6 DAYS AHEAD OF THE
FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE.  THE CORN CROP WAS RATED 77 PERCENT GOOD TO
EXCELLENT...COMPARED TO 76 PERCENT THE PREVIOUS WEEK.

NINETY PERCENT OF THE SOYBEAN CROP HAD BEGUN SETTING PODS...4 DAYS
AHEAD OF LAST YEAR AND 2 DAYS AHEAD OF THE FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE.
SEVENTY-SEVEN PERCENT OF THE SOYBEAN CROP WAS RATED GOOD TO
EXCELLENT...1 PERCENTAGE POINT HIGHER THAN THE PREVIOUS WEEK.

ELEVEN PERCENT OF THE OAT CROP WAS HARVESTED DURING THE
WEEK...BRINGING THE TOTAL TO 87 PERCENT HARVESTED...24 DAYS AHEAD OF
LAST YEAR AND 4 DAYS AHEAD OF THE FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE.

THIRTY-FOUR PERCENT OF POTATOES HAD BEEN HARVESTED STATEWIDE. POTATO
CONDITION WAS RATED 91 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT...THE SAME AS LAST
WEEK.

NINETY-SEVEN PERCENT OF WINTER WHEAT HAD BEEN HARVESTED.

PASTURE CONDITION WAS RATED 58 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT...DOWN
1 PERCENTAGE POINT FROM LAST WEEK.  THE THIRD CUTTING OF ALFALFA WAS
87 PERCENT HARVESTED...WHILE THE FOURTH CUTTING OF ALFALFA WAS
17 PERCENT HARVESTED.  THIS HAYING SEASON CONTINUES AT THE SECOND
FASTEST PACE IN MORE THAN 35 YEARS...TRAILING ONLY 2012. ALL HAY
CONDITION WAS 76 PERCENT IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION...THE SAME
AS LAST WEEK.

A REPORTER IN BARRON COUNTY REPORTED THAT HEAVY RAINS SLOWED SNAP
BEAN HARVEST...WHILE A REPORTER IN CHIPPEWA COUNTY NOTED THAT
HARVEST WAS BEGINNING FOR EARLY VARIETIES OF APPLES.

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

IN BUFFALO COUNTY...WE RECEIVED SOME MUCH NEEDED RAIN AND IT/S
COOLING OFF QUICKLY.

IN VERNON COUNTY...THE COUNTY RECEIVED 1 TO 1.5 INCHES OF BADLY
NEEDED RAIN.  CROPS WERE SHOWING SIGNS OF STRESS DUE TO DRY
CONDITIONS.

GROUND WATER IMPACTS.

NONE.

FIRE DANGER HAZARDS.

AS OF THE MORNING OF AUGUST 25TH...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.

CONTINUED DRYNESS HAS ALLOWED SEVERAL RIVER FLOWS TO FALL TO LESS
THAN 25PERCENT OF CLIMATOLOGY.  THESE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING RIVERS:
LA CROSSE RIVER AT LA CROSSE...WI /5 PERCENT/...PLATTE RIVER AT
ROCKVILLE...WI /18 PERCENT/...TURKEY RIVER AT ELDORADO...IA
/17 PERCENT/...AND VOLGA RIVER AT LITTLEPORT...IA /18 PERCENT/.

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 THESE AREAS RANGE FROM 3 TO 7 INCHES.
THE GREATEST DEFICITS WERE FOUND IN NEW HAMPTON...IA /6.72 INCHES/
AND LONE ROCK...WI /5.60 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 AVERAGE BELOW-NORMAL.  DURING
THIS TIME FRAME...THE DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES RANGE FROM 63 TO 68
DEGREES AND THE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS AROUND EIGHT TENTHS OF AN
INCH.

FROM SEPTEMBER 5TH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 11TH...THE CLIMATE PREDICTION
CENTER /CPC/ IS FORECASTING NEAR-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE-
NORMAL PRECIPITATION.  DURING THIS TIME FRAME...THE DAILY AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES RANGE FROM 61 TO 66 DEGREES AND THE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION IS AROUND NINE TENTHS OF AN INCH.

THE CPC SEASONAL OUTLOOK FOR OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER CALLS FOR
ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES...AND EQUAL CHANCES OF BELOW-...NEAR-
...AND ABOVE-NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

HYDROLGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

CONTINUED DRYNESS HAS ALLOWED SEVERAL RIVER FLOWS TO FALL TO LESS
THAN 25PERCENT OF CLIMATOLOGY.  THESE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING RIVERS:
LA CROSSE RIVER AT LA CROSSE...WI /5 PERCENT/...PLATTE RIVER AT
ROCKVILLE...WI /18 PERCENT/...TURKEY RIVER AT ELDORADO...IA
/17 PERCENT/...AND VOLGA RIVER AT LITTLEPORT...IA /18 PERCENT/.

THE CPC SEASONAL OUTLOOK FOR OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER CALLS FOR
EQUAL CHANCES OF BELOW-...NEAR-...AND ABOVE-NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED ON THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 3RD.

&&

.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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