113  
AXUS73 KSGF 181759  
DGTSGF  
KSC001-021-037-MOC009-011-015-029-039-043-057-059-065-069-077-085-  
091-097-105-109-119-125-131-141-145-149-153-161-167-169-185-203-209-  
213-215-217-225-229-191200-  
 
DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO  
1155 AM CST THU JAN 18 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 SOUTHWEST OREGON COUNTIES IN SOUTH  
CENTRAL MISSOURI.  
 
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...PHELPS AND SHANNON.  
 
SYNOPSIS...  
 
SINCE EARLY JANUARY, NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS AVERAGING  
AROUND AN INCH HAVE FALLEN ACROSS THE SEVERE AND EXTREME DROUGHT  
AREAS. MOST OF THE PRECIPITATION HAS FALLEN IN THE FORM OF SNOW,  
WITH ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF INCH OF SNOW WATER EQUIVALENT COVERING  
THE GROUND.  
 
DRIER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS HAVE PERSISTED SINCE EARLY FALL ACROSS  
SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL MISSOURI. RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS ARE CURRENTLY  
6 TO 12 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 DECEMBER.  
 
SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...  
 
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...  
 
WITHIN THE SEVERE AND EXTREME DROUGHT AREA, WEST PLAINS HAD THEIR  
SECOND DRIEST DECEMBER THROUGH MID JANUARY, AND VICHY-ROLLA HAD  
THEIR SIXTH DRIEST DECEMBER THROUGH MID JANUARY.  
 
TEMPERATURE HAVE BEEN MUCH BELOW NORMAL SINCE LATE DECEMBER.  
 
HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY...  
 
STREAMFLOWS WERE BELOW TO MUCH NORMAL ACROSS THE SEVERE AND EXTREME  
DROUGHT AREA, BUT SHOWED SOME SLIGHT IMPROVEMENT OVER THE PAST TWO  
WEEKS, ACCORDING TO USGS STREAMFLOW PERCENTILES. BRYANT CREEK NEAR  
TECUMSEH WAS AT 7 PERCENT OF NORMAL FLOW, BEAVER CREEK NEAR  
BRADLEYVILLE WAS AT 24 PERCENT OF NORMAL FLOW, THE NORTH FORK WHITE  
NEAR TECUMSEH WAS AT 11 PERCENT AND BULL CREEK NEAR WALNUT SHADE  
WERE AT 14 PERCENT OF NORMAL FLOW.  
 
PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...  
 
ABOVE NORMAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ARE EXPECTED  
ACROSS THE DROUGHT AREAS THROUGH THE NEXT TWO WEEKS.  
 
TEMPERATURES ARE TRENDING TOWARD AVERAGE NORMAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE  
NORMAL TEMPERATURES THROUGH JANUARY.  
 
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, FEBRUARY 1ST.  
 

 
 
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 DNR 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  
 

 
 
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