Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Charleston, WV

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Charleston WV
258 PM EDT Fri Oct 18 2019

...Severe Drought Conditions have eased in some areas in Southern
West Virginia and Dickenson and Buchanan Counties in Southwest
Virginia...

...Abnormally dry and Moderate Drought Conditions have eased
elsewhere across West Virginia, Southeast Ohio, Northeastern
Kentucky and Dickenson and Buchanan Counties in Southwest
Virginia...

...Normal Conditions were noted along the Ohio River and portions
of Southeast Ohio and Northeast West Virginia...

SYNOPSIS...
Recent rains have eased drought conditions across the area.
Abnormally dry to severe drought conditions were noted across much
of West Virginia, and Buchanan and Dickenson Counties in
Southwest Virginia. Recent rain has eased some of the drought
impacts along the Ohio River and into Southeast Ohio and Northeast
Kentucky.

Pockets of severe drought (D2) were noted across portions of
Southern West Virginia and into Buchanan and Dickenson Counties in
Southwest Virginia. Moderate drought (D1) surrounds the area of
severe drought and includes the southern half of West Virginia.
Abnormally dry (D0) conditions were noted from Gallia county in
Southeast Ohio across to Northeast West Virginia. Normal
Conditions were noted along the Ohio River into much of Southeast
Ohio and Northeast Kentucky.

Summary of Impacts...
Drought Declarations were issued for West Virginia and Northeast
Kentucky. Burn bans are in effect for Northeast Kentucky.
Volunteer water restrictions are also in effect for Southern West
Virginia and Southwest Virginia.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, wildfire
potential is still high to moderate throughout the entire area.
The public should always check with local officials before
attempting any outside burning. Citizens may be liable for damages
and suppression costs of any wildfire they may start.

For the entire state of West Virginia, 66 percent of topsoil was
short or very short. Crop moisture index was excessively to
severely dry. Crop moisture index has improved along the Ohio
River. Some farmers are still supplementing feed for livestock.
Several small streams and creeks are at low to no flow in
Southern West Virginia and in Southwest Virginia. Some Local PSDs
are continuing drought preparations. Some ground water wells are
starting to dry up in Southern West Virgina.

For the entire state of Kentucky 68 percent of topsoil was short
or very short of moisture. In Northeast Kentucky, moisture levels
have rebounded. Pasture and hay conditions have leveled out. Many
farmers have started to cut back on supplementing feed for
livestock and hauling water. Also, streamflows are still low to
very low across the area.

For the entire state of Ohio 50 percent of topsoil was short or
very short of moisture. Moisture levels in corn and soybeans are
low and vegetation is stressed in Gallia County. Pasture and hay
conditions are starting to level out. Some farmers are planning
or in the process of supplementing feed for livestock. In
Southeast Ohio, some small streams are running low and with very
low flows.

For the entire state of Virginia 78 percent of topsoil was short
or very short of moisture. In Buchanan and Dickenson Counties in
Southwest Virginia, several small streams and creeks are at low to no
flow.

DROUGHT MITIGATION IMPACTS...
In the southern half of West Virginia, Local PSDs are still
making drought preparations or implementing drought plans. No
other reports were noted from other PSDs in OH, KY or VA. All
Major reservoirs are at normal levels for this time of year. All
regulated mainstem rivers are at normal to slightly below normal
streamflows for this time of year. Un-regulated rivers are
running slightly below to below normal flows for this time of
year.

LOCAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK...
Drought conditions are expected to improve through the rest of
this weekend and into next week. Weak storm systems are expected
to move through the region Saturday night and early next week.
The system early next week has the potential to produce a half to
three quarters of an inch of rain in some areas. If this rain is
realized, then improvements can be expected on the Drought
Monitor through next week.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
This product will be updated on October 24th or sooner if
necessary in response to significant changes in conditions.

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RELATED WEB SITES...
Additional information on current drought conditions may be found
at the following web addresses:

US Drought Monitor: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu

US Drought Information System: http://www.drought.gov

NOAA Drought Page: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/Drought

Northeast Regional Climate Center...http://www.nrcc.cornell.edu

ADDITIONAL RIVER INFORMATION...

National Weather Service: http://water.weather.gov

US Geological Survey: http://water.usgs.gov

US Army Corps of Engineers: http://www.usace.army.mil

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

The Drought Monitor is a multi-agency effort involving the
National Weather Service and National Centers for Environmental
Information...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...the USDA...USACE and USGS.

CONTACT INFORMATION...

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

National Weather Service
400 Parkway Rd.
Charleston, WV 25309
Phone...304-746-0180
rlx.webmaster@noaa.gov

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