Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Springfield, MO

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Springfield MO
1000 AM CST Wed Nov 22 2017

...Severe drought conditions persist across portions of south
central Missouri...

 AREAS AFFECTED...

All or portions of the following counties are classified as having
severe drought (D2) conditions...Stone...Christian...Taney...
Douglas...Webster...Wright...Texas...Howell...Oregon...Dent...
and Shannon

 SYNOPSIS...

Drier than normal conditions have persisted since early fall across
south central Missouri. Rainfall accumulations are currently 6 to 12
inches below normal for the past 90 days. This 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...

Reports from those with agricultural interests in the severe drought
area include unavailability of stockpiled forage, limited pasture
growth, fall plantings being lost or struggling, pond water levels
very low or ponds completely dry.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

Abnormally dry weather has persisted since the middle of September
and has steadily deteriorated to severe drought conditions.
Precipitation deficits for the last 90 days show that this region
has received between 10 and 25 percent of their normal rainfall.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

Well below normal precipitation is expected for the next week with
some indications from the Climate Prediction Center for above normal
precipitation in the late November to early December time period.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

Streamflows were near to much below normal across the region,
according to the USGS streamflow percentiles. Bryant Creek near
Tecumseh was at 9 percent of normal flow, Beaver Creek near
Bradleyville was at 16 percent of normal flow,  North Fork White
near Tecumseh was at 22 percent of normal, and Bull Creek near
Walnut Shade was at 45 percent of normal.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

If severe drought conditions persist, the next drough information
statement will be issued on or near Thursday, December 7.

&&

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 about this information,
please contact:

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

$$

Terry



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