Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Quad Cities, IA IL

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL
1135 AM CDT Thu Sep 21 2017

...Drought intensifies over eastern Iowa, northwest Illinois and
northeast Missouri...

SYNOPSIS...
A multi-month period of drier than normal weather starting last
winter has evolved into moderate to extreme drought across parts of
Iowa. Generally abnormally dry conditions cover parts of northwest
Illinois and northeast Missouri.

NOTE: Data for the Drought Monitor is evaluated for the prior week
ending Tuesday morning. Hence, rainfall such as happened late
Wednesday night and Thursday morning in eastern Iowa will be
evaluated on next week`s Drought Monitor.

LOCAL AREA AFFECTED...
Within our service area, moderate drought extends south of a line roughly
from Vinton, Iowa to Cedar Rapids to the Quad Cities and just across
the Mississippi River into a small part of northwest Illinois.
Severe to extreme drought exists over much of Jefferson, Van Buren,
Henry and Des Moines counties. Outside of these areas, conditions are
rated abnormally dry.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

STATE/LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACTIONS.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Service drought page:
https://www.extension.iastate.edu/topic/dealing-drought-2017

SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS.
USDA reports for southeast Iowa indicate topsoil and subsoil moisture
is 85% short or very short. In northwest Illinois, the reports were
96 and 94% respectively.

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS.
Just under half of the Iowa corn and soybean crop respectively
statewide is rated fair to very poor. Corn and soybean development is
running behind normal due to the cooler weather. Crop condition was
slightly better in Illinois.

RIVER AND STREAM FLOW CONDITIONS.
Streamflows in southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri had been
running generally below normal in most areas, although there has been
some response to overnight rainfall. Elsewhere streamflows are near
or even above normal.

GROUND WATER IMPACTS.
No recent reports.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS.
Burn bans are not currently in effect in southeast Iowa, but they
are in effect for Mahaska, Monroe and Wapello counties. Recent and
forecast dry weather will promote rapid curing of native vegetation.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
Fairfield Iowa (representative of the drought area)
Since Jan 1 through yesterday - actual precipitation is 16.08,
normal is 29.02. Adding the 5.81 inches that fell overnight, 21.99
is now the annual total. The 5.81 inches of rain that fell overnight
in Fairfield exceeded the entire summer total of 3.51 inches.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...
WEEK 1: There is a chance of rain next Tuesday, otherwise dry weather
is expected. Warm and humid conditions will prevail the first part of
the week.

WEEK 2: Odds favor below normal precipitation and temperatures
(September 29 - October 4).

The outlook for October favors near to above normal temperatures and
near to below normal precipitation. November-December-January favors
near to above normal temperatures, with no indication either way of
drier or wetter than normal conditions.

HYDROLOGICAL OUTLOOK...
River levels should remain generally steady through the period
overall, showing some response to early week rain then tailing off.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

Friday September 29 2017

RELATED WEBSITES...

LOCAL WEATHER...CLIMATE AND WATER INFORMATION...
http://www.weather.gov/quadcities

ADDITIONAL RIVER INFORMATION...
US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY...
http://water.usgs.gov/
US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS...
http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/

US DROUGHT MONITOR...
http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

NIDIS...
http://www.drought.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 and the US Army Corps of Engineers and USGS.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

If you have questions or comments about this Drought Information
Statement, please contact...

National Weather Service
9040 Harrison Street
Davenport Iowa 52806
Phone: 563-386-3976
E-Mail:w-dvn.webmaster@noaa.gov

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