Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS La Crosse, WI

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
508 AM CDT Fri Nov 17 2017

...Still Abnormally Dry in a Small Part of North-Central Wisconsin...

SYNOPSIS...

From November 8th through November 14th, up to a third of an inch of
precipitation fell across north-central Wisconsin.  In our area, the
highest precipitation total was 0.17 inches in Medford.  Since the
normal rainfall for this time period was around a half inch, there
was a slight increase in the precipitation deficits (around
3 inches) which have developed since August 1st.

At this time the only place in the La Crosse Hydrologic Service Area
to remain abnormally dry (D0) is eastern Taylor County in north-
central Wisconsin

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

LOCAL AREA AFFECTED.

Abnormally dry (D0) remains across eastern Taylor County in north-
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, 7 percent
short, 85 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent
short, 86 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus.


AGRICULTURE IMPACTS.

Wisconsin...

According to USDA`s National Agricultural Statistics Service, there
were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending November
12, 2017.  Temperatures were well below normal this week, with
overnight lows falling into the low teens and single digits.
Precipitation was light and fell mostly as snow in northern
Wisconsin.   In spite of the dry weather, overcast skies, cold
temperatures and local snow cover kept grain moisture high.  The
ground was reportedly beginning to freeze in some areas, allowing
access to soft fields but hampering tillage and manure
incorporation.  Reporters commented that corn yields were better
than expected.


FIRE DANGER HAZARDS.

As of the morning of November 14th, 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 November 14th, the Black River in central and west-central
Wisconsin was running near normal.


CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY...

From August 1st through November 14th, precipitation deficits are
around 3 inches across parts of north-central Wisconsin.  Due to
this, abnormally dry (D0) conditions remain across eastern Taylor
County.  Here is a map of the precipitation deficits from August 1
through November 14, 2017.


PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...


From November 17th through November 21st, both temperatures will
average colder-than-normal and precipitation will average near- to
below-normal.  During this time frame, the daily average
temperatures range from 29 to 34 degrees and the normal
precipitation is around a third of an inch.

Beyond this time frame the 8 to 14 day forecast (November 22nd
through November 28th) from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC)
calls for near- to above-normal temperatures and below-normal
precipitation.  During this time frame, the daily average
temperatures range from 26 to 31degrees and the normal precipitation
is around a half inch.

The CPC seasonal outlook for December 2017 through February 2018
(meteorological winter) calls a slight shift to colder-than-normal
across Minnesota, northwest Wisconsin, and much of northern Iowa.
Elsewhere in Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois there are equal chances
for warmer-, colder-, and near-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.

Below are the seasonal outlooks for the next year.


NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

This product will be updated on Thursday, November 23rd.

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.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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