Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Des Moines, IA

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
1055 AM CDT Thu Oct 26 2017

...Drought Conditions Have Improved with Recent Rainfall, but
Moderate Drought Conditions remain over portions of South Central
Iowa...

.SYNOPSIS...

Recent rainfall in October has brought improvement to drought
conditions to much of the area. Many areas across portions of central
and northwest Iowa that were abnormally dry or in moderate drought
into September, have been removed from the drought region. An area of
moderate drought does remain over portions south central Iowa with
abnormally dry conditions still in place around the moderate drought
region.

.SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

While recent rainfall has improved conditions over the state,
rainfall deficits for the year still stand at 10 inches or more
across portions of south central Iowa. Soil moisture values have
improved dramatically over the past few months with recent rainfall,
but still remain low over the drought region. The growing season is
nearly complete across the area. Near to above normal precipitation
will be required through the winter to maintain good soil moisture
for the growing season next spring.

.PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

The three month outlook for temperatures favors near to slightly
above normal temperatures. Expect below normal temperatures through
the mid portion of November. Equal chances for above or below normal
precipitation exist through December. Above normal precipitation is
forecast over the next 2 weeks.

.HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

The Chariton River Basin lies within the moderate drought area. All
river gauge sites within this basin continue to run below normal for
stream flow levels, according to the USGS as of mid-October.

.NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

This product will be updated at the end of November, or as
necessary.


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.Related websites...

Local weather...climate and water information -
   http://weather.gov/desmoines

Drought Monitor and information -
   http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu
   http://www.cpc.ncept.noaa.gov/products/Drought/

Iowa State University Cooperative Extension Service -
   http://www.extension.iastate.edu/topic/recovering-disasters

Iowa Environmental Mesonet -
   http://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu

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

Climate Prediction Center -
   http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov

.ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS...

.QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS...

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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