Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS La Crosse, WI

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
1107 PM CST THU MAY 28 2015

...RAINS ALLEVIATE DRYNESS ACROSS SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN...

SYNOPSIS...

FROM MAY 19TH THROUGH MAY 26TH...ANYWHERE FROM 1.50 TO 3.00 INCHES
OF RAIN FELL ACROSS MUCH OF WISCONSIN...NORTHEAST IOWA...AND PARTS
OF SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA.  NORMALLY...AROUND 9 TENTHS OF AN INCH FALLS
DURING THIS TIME PERIOD. THIS RAIN HAS DECREASED THE PRECIPITATION
DEFICITS BY 1 TO 2 INCHES ACROSS SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN AND NORTHEAST
IOWA.  IN ADDITION...THE TOP SOILS HAVE BECOME SATURATED IN THESE
AREAS.  DUE TO THIS...THE ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/ CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN
REMOVED FROM THESE AREAS.

DESPITE RECENT RAINS...2 TO 4 INCH PRECIPITATION DEFICITS /SINCE
NOVEMBER 1 2014/ STILL EXIST ACROSS PARTS OF SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA AND
IN WEST-CENTRAL AND NORTH-CENTRAL WISCONSIN.  DUE TO THIS SOME PARTS
OF THESE AREAS ARE STILL EITHER ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/ OR EXPERIENCING
A MODERATE DROUGHT /D1/.

IN THE MAY 26TH RELEASE OF THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...MODERATE /D1/
TO SEVERE /D2/ DROUGHT WAS FOUND ACROSS PARTS OF EASTERN SOUTH
DAKOTA.  MODERATE /D1/ DROUGHT WAS REPORTED ACROSS NORTHEAST
NEBRASKA...NORTHERN AND EAST-CENTRAL MINNESOTA...AND NORTHEAST AND
PARTS OF WEST-CENTRAL WISCONSIN.  ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/ CONDITIONS
EXIST ACROSS WESTERN AND FAR EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA...WEST-CENTRAL
ILLINOIS...SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN...MUCH OF MICHIGAN...NORTHEAST
OHIO...AND NORTHERN INDIANA.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

LOCAL AREA AFFECTED.

ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/ TO MODERATE DROUGHT /D1/ ARE FOUND IN ALL OR
PARTS OF TAYLOR COUNTY IN NORTH-CENTRAL WISCONSIN.

NO DROUGHT TO MODERATE DROUGHT /D1/ ARE FOUND IN ALL OR PARTS OF
DODGE AND WABASHA COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA...AND BUFFALO
COUNTY IN WEST-CENTRAL WISCONSIN.

ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/ CONDITIONS ARE FOUND IN ALL OR PARTS OF OLMSTED
COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA...AND ADAMS...CLARK...AND TREMPEALEAU
COUNTIES IN WESTERN WISCONSIN.

STATE AND LOCAL ACTIONS.

NO KNOWN ACTIONS ARE CURRENTLY TAKING PLACE.

FIRE DANGER HAZARDS.

AS OF THE MORNING OF MAY 26TH...MODERATE FIRE DANGER WAS REPORTED IN
BUFFALO...CLARK...JACKSON...JUNEAU...LA CROSSE...AND MONROE COUNTIES
IN WESTERN WISCONSIN.

LOW FIRE DANGER WAS REPORTED IN
DODGE...FILLMORE...HOUSTON...MOWER...OLMSTED...WABASHA...AND WINONA
COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA AND IN
ADAMS...CRAWFORD...GRANT...RICHLAND...TAYLOR...TREMPEALEAU...AND
VERNON COUNTIES IN WISCONSIN.

RIVER AND STREAM FLOW CONDITIONS.

FOR MANY LOCATIONS...RECENT RAINS HAVE CAUSED FLOWS TO CLIMB ABOVE
40% OF CLIMATOLOGICAL NORMALS.

CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY...

THROUGH MUCH OF THE 2014-15 WINTER...NORTHWEST FLOW ALOFT KEPT MUCH
OF MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN DRY. THIS TREND CONTINUED INTO THE EARLY
SPRING OF 2015. THIS ALLOWED THE PRECIPITATION DEFICITS TO BUILD
INTO 2 TO 4 INCH RANGE ACROSS PARTS OF SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA...AND
WEST-CENTRAL AND NORTH-CENTRAL WISCONSIN...AND FROM 3 TO 6 INCHES
ACROSS SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN AND PARTS OF NORTHEAST IOWA.  THIS
RESULTED IN ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/ TO MODERATE DROUGHT /D1/ CONDITIONS
DEVELOPING ACROSS THESE AREAS. HOWEVER...ABOVE-NORMAL APRIL AND MAY
RAINS HAVE LOWERED THESE PRECIPITATION DEFICITS BY 1 TO 2 INCHES.
IN ADDITION...TOP SOILS HAVE BECOME SATURATED ESPECIALLY ACROSS
SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN AND NORTHEAST IOWA.  DUE TO THIS...THE
ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/ CONDITIONS WERE RECENTLY REMOVED IN THESE AREAS.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...

FROM MAY 28TH THROUGH JUNE 2ND...BOTH TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION
WILL AVERAGE NEAR-NORMAL.  DURING THIS TIME FRAME...THE DAILY
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES RANGE FROM 59 TO 64 DEGREES AND THE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION IS AROUND 7 TENTHS OF AN INCH.

FROM JUNE 3RD THROUGH JUNE 9TH...THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER /CPC/
IS FORECASTING NEAR- TO ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE-NORMAL
PRECIPITATION.  DURING THIS TIME FRAME...THE DAILY AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES RANGE FROM 61 TO 66 DEGREES AND THE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION IS AROUND AN INCH.

THE CPC SEASONAL OUTLOOK FOR SUMMER OF 2015 CALLS FOR EQUAL CHANCES
OF BELOW-...NEAR-...AND ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION.
 THEIR FORECAST BELOW IS BASED UPON A WEAK EL NINO AND ABNORMALLY-
WARM WATERS IN THE NORTHEAST PACIFIC.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

FOR MANY LOCATIONS...RECENT RAINS HAVE CAUSED FLOWS TO CLIMB ABOVE
40 PERCENT OF CLIMATOLOGICAL NORMALS.

THE CPC SEASONAL OUTLOOK FOR SUMMER OF 2015 CALLS FOR EQUAL CHANCES
OF BELOW-...NEAR-...AND ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION.
 THEIR FORECAST BELOW IS BASED UPON A WEAK EL NINO AND ABNORMALLY-
WARM WATERS IN THE NORTHEAST PACIFIC.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED ON THURSDAY JUNE 4TH.

.RELATED WEB SITES...

LOCAL DROUGHT SITE...
   HTTP//WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/ARX/?N=DROUGHT
LOCAL DROUGHT MONITORING SITE...
   HTTP//WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/ARX/?N=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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