Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS La Crosse, WI

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
824 AM CST THU APR 3 2015

...DROUGHT EXPANDS IN WISCONSIN...

SYNOPSIS...

SINCE NOVEMBER OF 2014...THE FLOW ALOFT HAS BEEN PRIMARILY FROM THE
NORTHWEST.  THIS HAS KEPT THE AREA VERY DRY.  PRECIPITATION DEFICITS
FROM NOVEMBER 1 2014 THROUGH MARCH 31 2015 ARE CURRENTLY RUNNING
BETWEEN 2.50 INCHES AND 5.00 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.  DUE TO THIS
DRYNESS...MODERATE DROUGHT /D1/ CONDITIONS HAVE RECENTLY DEVELOPED
ACROSS NORTHEAST AND CENTRAL WISCONSIN AND CONTINUE TO FOUND ACROSS
MUCH OF WISCONSIN.  THIS INCLUDES ALL OR PARTS OF...

BUFFALO...CLARK...JACKSON...TAYLOR...AND TREMPEALEAU COUNTIES IN WESTERN
WISCONSIN...AND DODGE...OLMSTED...AND WABASHA COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST
MINNESOTA.

ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/ CONDITIONS CONTINUE ACROSS THE REMAINDER OF THE
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY.

THIS DRYNESS IS CAUSING LOWER THAN NORMAL FLOWS ON AREA RIVERS AND
STREAMS.  THE LOWEST FLOWS CURRENTLY ARE FOUND ALONG ALONG BLOODY
RUN CREEK...CEDAR...AND VOLGA IN NORTHEAST IOWA; AND PARTS OF THE
BLACK...KICKAPOO...LA CROSSE...AND WISCONSIN RIVERS IN WESTERN
WISCONSIN.

WITH NOAA/S CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER PREDICTING ABOVE-NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION FROM APRIL THROUGH JUNE
THEIR DROUGHT SEASONAL FORECAST IS CALLING FOR FURTHER EXPANSION AND
POSSIBLE INTENSIFICATION OF THE DROUGHT ACROSS THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI
RIVER VALLEY THIS SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER.  THEIR FORECAST BELOW IS
BASED UPON A WEAK EL NINO AND ABNORMALLY-WARM WATERS IN THE
NORTHEAST PACIFIC.

IN THE MARCH 31ST RELEASE OF THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...MODERATE
DROUGHT /D1/ EXPANDED INTO NORTHEAST AND CENTRAL WISCONSIN AND
CONTINUED TO BE FOUND ACROSS MUCH OF MINNESOTA AND THE EASTERN
DAKOTAS.  ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/ CONDITIONS EXIST ACROSS SOUTHERN AND
NORTHEAST WISCONSIN...NORTHERN AND EASTERN IOWA...NORTHWEST ILLINOIS...
WESTERN DAKOTAS...WESTERN UPPER MICHIGAN...AND SOUTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

LOCAL AREA AFFECTED.

ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/ TO MODERATE DROUGHT /D1/ ARE FOUND IN ALL OR
PARTS OF BUFFALO...CLARK...JACKSON...TAYLOR...AND TREMPEALEAU COUNTIES IN
WESTERN WISCONSIN...AND DODGE...OLMSTED...AND WABASHA COUNTIES IN
SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA.

ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/ CONDITIONS ARE FOUND IN ALL OF ALLAMAKEE...
CHICKASAW...CLAYTON...FAYETTE...FLOYD...HOWARD...MITCHELL...AND WINNESHIEK
COUNTIES IN NORTHEAST IOWA; FILLMORE...HOUSTON...MOWER...AND WINONA
COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA; AND ADAMS...CRAWFORD...GRANT...JUNEAU...
LA CROSSE...MONROE...RICHLAND...AND VERNON COUNTIES IN WESTERN
WISCONSIN.

STATE AND LOCAL ACTIONS.

NO KNOWN ACTIONS ARE CURRENTLY TAKING PLACE.

FIRE DANGER HAZARDS.

AS OF THE MORNING OF APRIL 2ND...VERY HIGH DANGER WAS REPORTED IN
DODGE AND MOWER COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA; AND ADAMS...
CRAWFORD...GRANT...JUNEAU...MONROE...RICHLAND...AND VERNON COUNTIES IN
WESTERN WISCONSIN.

HIGH FIRE DANGER WAS REPORTED IN BUFFALO...CLARK...JACKSON...LA CROSSE...
TAYLOR...AND TREMPEALEAU COUNTIES IN WESTERN WISCONSIN.

MODERATE FIRE DANGER WAS REPORTED IN FILLMORE...HOUSTON...OLMSTED...
WABASHA...AND WINONA COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA.

AS A REMINDER...CITIZENS SHOULD ALWAYS CHECK WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS IN
THEIR AREA BEFORE UNDERTAKING ANY OUTSIDE BURNING.  CITIZENS ARE
LIABLE FOR DAMAGES AND SUPPRESSION COSTS OF ANY WILDFIRE THEY MAY
START.

RIVER AND STREAM FLOW CONDITIONS.

THE LONG-TERM DRYNESS SINCE LAST AUTUMN HAS CAUSED THE RIVER FLOWS
ALONG BLOODY RUN CREEK...CEDAR...AND VOLGA IN NORTHEAST IOWA; AND
PARTS OF THE BLACK...KICKAPOO...LA CROSSE...AND WISCONSIN RIVERS IN
WESTERN WISCONSIN.

CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY...

SINCE NOVEMBER OF 2014...THE FLOW ALOFT HAS BEEN PRIMARILY FROM THE
NORTHWEST.  THIS HAS KEPT THE AREA VERY DRY.  PRECIPITATION DEFICITS
FROM NOVEMBER 1 2014 THROUGH MARCH 31 2015 ARE RUNNING BETWEEN 2.50
INCHES AND 5.00 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.  WABASHA...MN HAS ONLY RECEIVED
3.90 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION.  THIS IS 3.64 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS IS THE 7TH DRIEST FOR THIS TIME PERIOD AND THE DRIEST SINCE
2002-2003 WHEN 3.24 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION FELL.  THE DRIEST EVER
FOR THIS TIME PERIOD 2.24 INCHES IN 1967-68.

DUE TO THE DRYNESS...THE AREA CONTINUES TO SEE ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/
AND MODERATE DROUGHT /D1/ CONDITIONS.

LOOKING AHEAD FOR THE PERIOD OF APRIL THROUGH JUNE OF 2015...THERE
ARE ENHANCED PROBABILITIES OF BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION DUE TO THE

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...

FROM APRIL 3RD THROUGH APRIL 8TH...TEMPERATURES WILL AVERAGE NEAR-
NORMAL AND PRECIPITATION WILL BE DRIER-THAN-NORMAL NORMAL.  DURING
THIS TIME FRAME...THE DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES RANGE FROM 39 TO 44
DEGREES AND THE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS AROUND 6 TENTHS OF AN INCH.
FROM APRIL 9TH THROUGH APRIL 15TH...THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER
/CPC/ IS FORECASTING ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND NEAR-NORMAL
PRECIPITATION.  DURING THIS TIME FRAME...THE DAILY AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES RANGE FROM 42 TO 47 DEGREES AND THE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION IS AROUND 8 TENTHS OF AN INCH.

HYDROLGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

THE CPC SEASONAL OUTLOOK FOR MAY THROUGH JULY OF 2015 CALLS FOR
ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION.  DUE TO
THIS...THE DROUGHT IS EXPECTED TO EXPAND AND POTENTIALLY INTENSIFY
ACROSS THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY THIS SPRING AND EARLY
SUMMER.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED ON THURSDAY APRIL 9TH.

.RELATED WEB SITES...

LOCAL DROUGHT SITE...
   HTTP//WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/ARX/DROUGHT
LOCAL DROUGHT MONITORING SITE...
   HTTP//WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/ARX/DROUGHTMONITORING
U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...
   HTTP//WWW.DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM/MONITOR.HTML
NOAA DROUGHT PAGE...
   HTTP//WWW.DROUGHT.NOAA.GOV/
MIDWESTERN REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER /MRCC/...
   HTTP//MCC.SWS.UIUC.EDU/INDEX.JSP
ADDITIONAL RIVER INFORMATION...
   NWS - HTTP//WWW.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS/
   USGS - HTTP//WATER.USGS.GOV/
   COE - HTTP//WWW.MVR.USACE.ARMY.MIL/
   CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER /CPC/...
      HTTP//WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING NOAA/S
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER...
THE USDA...STATE AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS AND THE
NATIONAL DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER. INFORMATION FOR THIS
STATEMENT HAS BEEN GATHERED FROM NWS AND FAA OBSERVATION SITES...
STATE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICES...USDA...COE AND USGS.

.QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT
INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT...

JEFFREY BOYNE
CLIMATE SERVICES FOCAL POINT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
N2788 COUNTY ROAD FA
LA CROSSE WI 54601-3038

TELEPHONE 608-784-8275
E-MAIL JEFF.BOYNE@NOAA.GOV
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BOYNE



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