Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Springfield, MO

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Springfield MO
1155 AM CST Thu Jan 18 2018

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

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

AREAS AFFECTED...

Within the NWS Springfield Forecast Area, the U.S. Drought Monitor
continues to designate Extreme Drought(D3) 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 remain classified as being in Severe Drought(D2)
...Stone...Christian...Taney...Douglas... Webster... Wright...
Texas...Howell...Oregon... Dent...Phelps and Shannon.

SYNOPSIS...

Since early January, near normal precipitation amounts averaging
around an inch have fallen across the severe and extreme drought
areas.  Most of the precipitation has fallen in the form of snow,
with one quarter to one half inch of snow water equivalent covering
the ground.

Drier than normal conditions have persisted since early Fall across
southern and central Missouri. Rainfall accumulations are currently
6 to 12 inches below normal for the past 90 days. Soil moisture was
6 to 8 inches below normal, according to the Climate Prediction
Center Soil Moisture Anomalies, for the month of December.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

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, and 3) selling
of herds.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

Within the severe and extreme drought area, West Plains had their
second driest December through mid January, and Vichy-Rolla had
their sixth driest December through mid January.

Temperature have been much below normal since late December.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY...

Streamflows were below to much normal across the severe and extreme
drought area, but showed some slight improvement over the past two
weeks, according to USGS Streamflow Percentiles. Bryant Creek near
Tecumseh was at 7 percent of normal flow, Beaver Creek near
Bradleyville was at 24 percent of normal flow, the North Fork White
near Tecumseh was at 11 percent and Bull Creek near Walnut Shade
were at 14 percent of normal flow.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

Above normal chances for above normal precipitation are expected
across the drought areas through the next two weeks.

Temperatures are trending toward average normal chances for above
normal temperatures through January.

SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK...

According to the Climate Prediction Center, drought conditions are
expected to persist through early Spring, with some improvement, or
lessening of drought, expected over south central Missouri.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

On or near Thursday, February 1st.

&&

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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