Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Springfield, MO

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Springfield MO
1000 AM CST Thu Nov 9 2017

...Severe drought conditions developing 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 4 to 8
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 moderate drought and now severe
drought conditions. Precipitation deficits for the last 90 days show
that this region has received only around 25 percent of their normal
rainfall.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

Well below normal precipitation is expected for the next three to
four weeks, with equal chances for above, below and normal  with
precipitation for the next three months.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

Streamflows were near to below normal across the region, according
to the USGS streamflow percentiles. Bryant Creek near Tecumseh was
at 16 percent of their normal flow, Beaver Creek near Bradleyville
was at 27 percent of normal flow,  North Fork White near Tecumseh
was at 32 percent of normal, and Bull Creek near Walnut Shade was at
46 percent of normal.

The area is expected to receive between one quarter and one half
inch of rain from Tuesday to Thursday of next week. Otherwise,
little to no precipitation is expected.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

If severe drought conditions persist, the next drough information
statement will be issued on or near Thursday, November 23.

&&

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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