Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Springfield, MO

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Springfield MO
1030 AM CST Thu Feb 15 2018

...Extreme Drought Conditions Persist Over Portions of South Central
Missouri...

...Severe Drought Conditions Persist across much of South Central
and Portions of Central and Southwest Missouri...

AREAS AFFECTED...

Within the NWS Springfield Forecast Area, the U.S. Drought Monitor
continues to designate Extreme Drought(D3) over southeast
Ozark...southern Howell and the southwest Oregon Counties in South
Central Missouri. This area has been in extreme drought since the
middle of December.

Surrounding the Extreme Drought area...all or portions of the
following counties remain classified as being in Severe Drought(D2)
...Stone...Christian...Taney...Douglas... Webster... Wright...
Texas...Howell...Oregon... Dent...Maries...Phelps and Shannon. Most
locations in this area have been in Severe Drought since early
November.

SYNOPSIS...

Drier than normal conditions have persisted since early Fall across
southern and central Missouri. Rainfall accumulations are currently
4 to 8 inches below normal for the past 90 days. Soil moisture was 6
to 8 inches below normal, according to the Climate Prediction Center
Soil Moisture Anomalies, for the month of January.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

No new impacts have been received in the severe and extreme drought
areas since mid January. Previous reports provided to Agricultural
Extension Specialists from those with agricultural interests in the
Severe and Extreme Drought Areas include: 1)feeding of hay due to
minimal fall grass growth, 2) movement of cattle or hauling water
because of low or empty ponds and little to no flow in smaller
creeks and springs, and 3) selling of herds.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

Since mid January, below normal precipitation amounts, averaging
around an inch, have been observed across the severe and extreme
drought areas. Precipitation has fallen in the form of snow, sleet,
rain and freezing drizzle. Currently there is no snow or ice cover
across the drought area.

Temperature have varied greatly since late December. In January,
temperatures averaged around 2 to 3 inches below normal.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY...

Streamflows were below or much below normal across the severe and
extreme drought area, according to USGS Streamflow Percentiles.
Bryant Creek near Tecumseh was at 21 percent of normal flow, Beaver
Creek near Bradleyville was at 12 percent of normal flow, the North
Fork White near Tecumseh was at 31 percent and Bull Creek near
Walnut Shade was at 6 percent of normal flow.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

Above normal chances for above normal temperatures and precipitation
are expected across the drought areas through late February.

Temperatures are expected to trend toward average normal values and
rainfall will have equal chances for being above, below and normal
from March through May.

SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK...

According to the Climate Prediction Center, drought conditions are
expected to persist through early Spring, with some improvement, or
lessening of drought, expected over south central Missouri.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

On or near Thursday, March 15th. If drought conditions worsen, an
update may be provided at an earlier date.

&&

RELATED WEB SITES...

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

MIDWEST CLIMATE CENTER DROUGHT INFORMATION PAGE:
http://mcc.sws.uiuc.edu/cliwatch/drought/drought.jsp

MISSOURI STATE CLIMATOLOGIST:
http://climate.missouri.edu

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES DROUGHT PAGE:
http://www.dnr.mo.gov/env/wrc/droughtupdate.htm

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

U.S. DROUGHT PORTAL:
http://www.drought.gov

U.S. DROUGHT REPORTER:
http://droughtreporter.unl.edu/map

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

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

The U.S. Drought Monitor is a weekly collaborative effort between
a number of state and federal agencies including the National
Weather Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the
National Drought Mitigation Center.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

Gene Hatch
Climate Services Focal Point
National Weather Service Springfield MO
gene.hatch@noaa.gov

$$

Terry



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