Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS La Crosse, WI

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...corrected
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
552 AM CDT Thu Oct 20 2017

...Rains Alleviate Much of the Abnormally Dry Areas...

SYNOPSIS...

From October 11 through October 17, up to 1 inch of rain fell north
of Interstate 90 and 1 to 2.35 inches of rain fell south of this
Interstate.  The heaviest rain fell at Prairie du Chien WI (2.35
inches - Crawford County), Guttenberg IA (2.23 inches - Clayton
County), and Fayette IA (2.22 inches - Clayton County).

This rain further alleviated the rainfall deficits which had
developed since August 1st.  The U.S. Drought Monitor removed the
abnormally dry (D0) conditions across much of the area.  The only
areas which are still abnormally dry (D0) are Clark and Taylor
counties in north-central Wisconsin.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

LOCAL AREA AFFECTED.

Abnormally dry (D0) across all or parts of Clark and Taylor
counties in western Wisconsin.

STATE /LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACTIONS.

No know actions are currently taking place.

SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS.

Northeast Iowa...

Topsoil moisture levels rated 4 percent very short, 7 percent short,
71 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture levels rated 9 percent very short, 16 percent
short, 68 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus.

Minnesota...

Topsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short,
2 percent short, 74 percent adequate and 24 percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture supplies rated 2 percent very short,
5 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus.

Wisconsin...

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 1 percent very short,
9 percent short, 81 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 2 percent very short,
11 percent short, 81 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus.

AGRICULTURE IMPACTS.

Iowa...

According to USDA`s National Agricultural Statistics Service, most
Iowa farmers fell further behind on harvest due to rain throughout
much of the state during the week ending October 15, 2017.  There
were only 2.0 days suitable for fieldwork; the second week in a row
Iowa has had less than 3 days suitable for fieldwork.  Many
activities were delayed due to the wet conditions, but when the
weather allowed farmers harvested corn for grain and soybeans,
planted cover crops, and hauled manure.

Pasture conditions continued to improve with the additional rain to
31 percent good to excellent.  Feedlots remain very muddy.

It was another wet week across most of Iowa with highly variable
temperatures.  There were two statewide rain events with both
bringing the heaviest rains to eastern Iowa.  The first rain event
moved into western Iowa on Monday (9th) night and very slowly exited
eastern Iowa on Thursday (12th) morning.  The second rain event
developed over western Iowa on Friday (13th) morning and moved out
of eastern Iowa Saturday (14th) night.  Between the two events rain
totals exceeded an inch over most of the southeastern two-thirds of
Iowa while only light rain fell across the far northwest counties.
Weekly rain totals varied from only 0.05 inches at Doon in Lyon
County to 4.68 inches near Peosta in Dubuque County.  The statewide
average rain total was 1.54 inches while normal for the week is 0.58
inches.  The statewide average precipitation already ranks as the
seventh highest for October among 145 years of records with one-half
of the month still ahead.

The week began with unseasonably warm weather on Sunday (8th) when
highs were in the seventies and eighties statewide.  The coolest
weather came on Tuesday (10th) and Wednesday (11th). Rock Rapids
reported the state`s first freeze of the season on Tuesday morning
with a 31 degree temperature. A hard freeze followed the next
morning over parts of extreme northwest Iowa with the lowest
temperature of 25 degrees reported at Sheldon.  Freezing
temperatures were confined roughly along and west of a line from
Estherville to Storm Lake to Logan.  Meanwhile Fort Madison reported
the week`s highest temperature with an 84 degree high on Monday
(9th).  However, very warm weather also returned to southeastern
Iowa late in the week with highs of 80 degrees at Centerville on
Friday (13th) and also at Keokuk on Saturday (14th).  Temperatures
for the week as a whole averaged from a degree or two below normal
over extreme western Iowa to four to six degrees above normal over
the southeast with a statewide average of 2.6 degrees above normal.

Minnesota...

According to USDA`s National Agricultural Statistics Service,
Minnesota farmers took advantage of the 4.2 days suitable for
fieldwork and made good progress in soybean, sunflower and sugarbeet
harvests during the week ending October 15, 2017.  Muddy field
conditions made harvest a challenge in some areas.  This continued
to lag harvest progress behind the 5-year average for all crops
except dry edible beans. Harvest continued for corn for grain and
silage, and potatoes.

Pasture condition remained at 53 percent good to excellent.

Wisconsin...

According to USDA`s National Agricultural Statistics Service, there
were 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending October 15,
2017.  Temperatures were above normal overall this week, but
northwestern Wisconsin experienced multiple nights with below
freezing temperatures. Frost was reportedly patchy, ending the
growing season in some areas.  Fieldwork slowed statewide as soaking
rains, overcast, and dreary skies kept soil and grain moistures
high.  The corn silage and soybean harvests continued, with some
reports of farmers combining high moisture corn.  Fall crop planting
and manure spreading activities advanced as weather permitted.
Here are selected quotes from Farm Reporters and County Ag Agents:

Pasture condition was 60 percent good to excellent,
6 percentage points above last week.

Here are selected quotes from Farm Reporters and County Ag Agents:

In Adams and Juneau counties, we had a rainy week so that slowed
down harvest quite a bit. Corn moisture varies considerably.  Some
harvested corn was 23-25 percent moisture early in the week while
some other was around 30 percent later in the week.  Soybean and
corn yields are also varying considerably as well.

In Monroe County, rainfall last week slowed soybean harvest to just
about a stop.  Some folks began harvesting corn for grain where
conditions allowed.

In Vernon County, there was little to no progress regarding
harvesting of corn or soybeans this past week.  The weather was
cloudy and rainy all week. The rain has helped the alfalfa and
pasture green up again.  Farmers getting anxious about harvesting
crops.  No killing frost to date in the county.

FIRE DANGER HAZARDS.

As of the morning of October 17th, there was low fire dangers across
northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota, and western 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.

The rivers in northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota, and
western Wisconsin are currently running near to above normal.

CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY...

Well above-normal October rains along and south of Interstate 90
have put a dent into the rainfall deficits that had developed since
August 1st.  Due to this the abnormally dry (D0) conditions have
been removed.

Meanwhile, in north-central Wisconsin, the rainfall deficits since
August 1 remains in the 2 to 4 inch range.  Due to this, abnormally
dry (D0) conditions remain in north-central Wisconsin.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...


From October 19th through October 24th, temperatures will average
above normal and precipitation will near normal.  During this time
frame, the daily average temperatures range from 43 to 48 degrees
and the normal precipitation is around 4 tenths of an inch.

Beyond this time frame the 8 to 14 day forecast (October 25th
through October 31st) from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) calls
for near to below-normal temperatures and below-normal
precipitation. During this time frame, the daily average
temperatures range from 41 to 46 degrees and the normal
precipitation is around a 4 tenths of an inch.

The CPC seasonal outlook for November 2017 through January 2018
calls for enhanced chances of above-normal temperatures.  There are
no clear climate signals for precipitation across the Upper
Mississippi River Valley; thus, there are equal chances for above-,
near-, and below-normal precipitation.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

This product will be updated on Thursday, October 26th.

&&

.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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