Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Des Moines, IA

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
620 PM CST Thu Nov 23 2017

...Drought Conditions Have Remained Steady Over the Last Month with
Moderate Drought Conditions over Portions of South Central and
Southeast Iowa...

.SYNOPSIS...

After precipitation averaged above normal in October across the
state, overall dry weather has returned for November. Precipitation
thus far this month is averaging below normal as many areas have
only received less than an inch of precipitation. This places
deficits for the month up to 1.5 inches below normal (or 25 to 75
percent of normal). However, little change in drought conditions or
area are noted with many parts of south central and southeast Iowa
continuing to experience abnormally dry conditions with several
embedded areas of moderate drought.

.SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

Rainfall deficits remain between 4 to 10 inches over the southeastern
quadrant of Iowa. While soil moisture has improved in recent months,
anomalies range from 20 to as much as 60 millimeters below normal
over parts of southeast Iowa. While this growing season is complete,
near to above normal precipitation will be necessary through this
winter to ensure good soil moisture for next year`s growing season.

.PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

Above normal temperatures and precipitation are forecast over the
moderate drought area through the next 2 weeks. Looking farther out
through the winter season, equal chances exist for above or below
normal temperatures and precipitation.

.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-November.

.NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

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

&&

.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...
The Drought Monitor is a multi-agency effort involving NOAA and the
National Weather Service and the National Centers for Environmental
Information, the USDA, and the State and Regional Climate Centers and
the Drought Mitigation Center. Information for this statement has
been gathered from the NWS and FAA observation sites, state
cooperative extension services, USDA, COE and USGS.

.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

$$

Ansorge/Martin



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