Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS La Crosse, WI

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
1047 AM CDT Thu Oct 26 2017

...Still Abnormally Dry in Parts of Central & North-Central
Wisconsin...

SYNOPSIS...

From October 24th through October 31st, anywhere from 4 tenths of an
inch to 3.29 inches of precipitation fell across central and north-
central Wisconsin.  In our area, the highest rain total was at
Medford (0.42 inches).  Since the normal rainfall for this time
period was around a half inch, there was little change in the 2 to 4
inch rainfall deficits that have developed since August 1st.  Due to
this, the U.S. Drought Monitor kept parts of Clark and Taylor
counties abnormally dry (D0)

.SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...LOCAL AREA AFFECTED.

Abnormally dry (D0) conditions remain across parts of Clark and
Taylor counties in north-central and central Wisconsin

.STATE/LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACTIONS.

No know actions are currently taking place

.SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS.

Wisconsin...

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short, 6 percent
short, 86 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 9 percent
short, 85 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus.

AGRICULTURE IMPACTS.

Wisconsin...

According to USDA`s National Agricultural Statistics Service, there
were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending October 30,
2017.  Most of the state experienced the first hard freeze of the
season this week.  Rainy, overcast conditions and scattered snow
flurries slowed fieldwork, particularly in northern Wisconsin. The
soybean harvest was moving quickly toward completion, and corn
silage chopping was close to wrapping up.  Corn was being combined
for grain, though grain moistures remained unfavorably high some
areas.  Fall plantings were moving right along with good emergence
reported.

Pasture condition was 57 percent good to excellent, 1 percentage
point below last week.

FIRE DANGER HAZARDS.

As of the morning of October 31st, there was low fire danger across
central Wisconsin.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.

As of October 31st, the Black River in central and west-central
Wisconsin was running near normal.

CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY...

From August 1st through October 31st, rainfall deficits of 2 to 4
inches developed in parts of central and north-central Wisconsin.
Due to this, abnormally dry (D0) conditions remain across parts of
Taylor and Clark counties.  Here is a map of the precipitation
deficits from August 1st through October 31st.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...

From November 2nd through November 7th, temperatures will average
below normal and precipitation will be near normal. During this time
frame, the daily average temperatures range from 37 to 42 degrees
and the normal precipitation is around 4 tenths of an inch.

Beyond this time frame the 8 to 14 day forecast (November 8th
through November 14th) from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC)
calls for near- to below-normal temperatures and near- to above-
normal precipitation.  During this time frame, the daily average
temperatures range from 34 to 39 degrees and the normal
precipitation is around a half inch.

The CPC seasonal outlook for December 2017 through February 2018
(meteorological winter) calls for equal chances of above-, near, and
below-normal temperatures. Meanwhile, due a weak La Nina and the
trends over the past 10 years, the odds are shifted toward wetter-
than-normal precipitation.  NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...This product will
be updated on Friday, November 10th.

&&

.RELATED WEB SITES...

LOCAL DROUGHT SITE...
   https://www.weather.gov/arx/drought
LOCAL DROUGHT MONITORING SITE...
   https://www.weather.gov/arx/droughtmonitoring
U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...
   http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html
NIDIS...
   http://www.drought.gov
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...
   http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/
MIDWESTERN REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER (MRCC)...
  http://mrcc.isws.illinois.edu/
ADDITIONAL RIVER INFORMATION...
     NWS - http://water.weather.gov/precip/index.php?
           location_type=wfo&location_name=ARX
     US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY - http://water.usgs.gov/
     US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS - http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/

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 and the US Army Corps of Engineers and USGS.

.QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

If you have any questions or comments about this Drought Information
Statement, please contact the NWS La Crosse at:

E-mail: nws.lacrosse@noaa.gov
Telephone: 608-784-8275

The Climate focal point at the NWS La Crosse is Jeff Boyne.

$$

BOYNE



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