Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Quad Cities, IA IL

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL
1202 PM CDT Fri Aug 25 2017

SYNOPSIS...
A multi-month period of drier than normal weather has evolved into
moderate to severe drought across parts of Iowa, with abnormally dry
conditions in west central Illinois. In Iowa the drought area extends
generally along a line stretching from northwest Iowa, across central
Iowa and into south central and southeast Iowa.

During the last week, cooler than normal temperatures helped
relieve drought stress, but more importantly, one inch or more of
rain fell across the drought area. The rain provided only short term
relief and no substantial improvement in drought ratings.

LOCAL AREA AFFECTED...
Within our service area, severe drought exists in parts of Jefferson
and Van Buren counties. Moderate drought extends from southern
Benton county south and southeastward into Lee and Henry counties.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

STATE/LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACTIONS.
The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Service has been
conducting meetings for farmers impacted by drought.

SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS.
USDA reports for southeast Iowa indicate topsoil and subsoil moisture
is 92% short or very short.

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS.
Roughly 50% of the corn and soybean crop statewide is rated fair to
very poor, most of the acreage likely in the drought areas.

RIVER AND STREAM FLOW CONDITIONS.
Streamflows in southeast Iowa are running generally below normal but
have rebounded somewhat due to recent rainfall.

GROUND WATER IMPACTS.
Some improvement to shallow groundwater levels has been noted in
parts of southeast Iowa due to recent rainfall.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS.
Vegetative greenness is below normal suggesting plants are at an
advanced stage of curing compared to most summers. Burn bans are not
currently in effect in southeast Iowa, but they are in effect for
Mahaska, Monroe and Wapello counties.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
Fairfield Iowa (representative of the drought area)
Since Jan 1 - actual precipitation is 16.08, normal is 25.89.
Only 3.51 inches has fallen during the summer (June-July-August)
making it the second driest since 1983.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...
WEEK 1: There is a good chance of showers this weekend then dry
weather will return next week. Temperatures will continue at or below
normal.

WEEK 2: Odds favor below normal temperatures and near to below normal
precipitation (September 1-7).

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

HYDROLOGICAL OUTLOOK...
A lack of rain will keep rivers at low levels in the drought areas.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

Thursday August 31 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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