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AXUS74 KARX 171109  
DGTARX  
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI  
508 AM CDT FRI NOV 17 2017  
   
..STILL ABNORMALLY DRY IN A SMALL PART OF NORTH-CENTRAL WISCONSIN
 
 
SYNOPSIS...  
 
FROM NOVEMBER 8TH THROUGH NOVEMBER 14TH, UP TO A THIRD OF AN INCH OF  
PRECIPITATION FELL ACROSS NORTH-CENTRAL WISCONSIN. IN OUR AREA, THE  
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION TOTAL WAS 0.17 INCHES IN MEDFORD. SINCE THE  
NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THIS TIME PERIOD WAS AROUND A HALF INCH, THERE  
WAS A SLIGHT INCREASE IN THE PRECIPITATION DEFICITS (AROUND  
3 INCHES) WHICH HAVE DEVELOPED SINCE AUGUST 1ST.  
 
AT THIS TIME THE ONLY PLACE IN THE LA CROSSE HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA  
TO REMAIN ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) IS EASTERN TAYLOR COUNTY IN NORTH-  
CENTRAL WISCONSIN  
 
SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...  
 
LOCAL AREA AFFECTED.  
 
ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) REMAINS ACROSS EASTERN TAYLOR COUNTY IN NORTH-  
CENTRAL WISCONSIN.  
 
STATE /LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACTIONS.  
 
NO KNOW ACTIONS ARE CURRENTLY TAKING PLACE.  
 
SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS.  
 
WISCONSIN...  
 
TOPSOIL MOISTURE SUPPLIES WERE RATED 0 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 7 PERCENT  
SHORT, 85 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 8 PERCENT SURPLUS.  
 
SUBSOIL MOISTURE SUPPLIES WERE RATED 1 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 7 PERCENT  
SHORT, 86 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 6 PERCENT SURPLUS.  
 
AGRICULTURE IMPACTS.  
 
WISCONSIN...  
 
ACCORDING TO USDA'S NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE, THERE  
WERE 5.0 DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK FOR THE WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER  
12, 2017. TEMPERATURES WERE WELL BELOW NORMAL THIS WEEK, WITH  
OVERNIGHT LOWS FALLING INTO THE LOW TEENS AND SINGLE DIGITS.  
PRECIPITATION WAS LIGHT AND FELL MOSTLY AS SNOW IN NORTHERN  
WISCONSIN. IN SPITE OF THE DRY WEATHER, OVERCAST SKIES, COLD  
TEMPERATURES AND LOCAL SNOW COVER KEPT GRAIN MOISTURE HIGH. THE  
GROUND WAS REPORTEDLY BEGINNING TO FREEZE IN SOME AREAS, ALLOWING  
ACCESS TO SOFT FIELDS BUT HAMPERING TILLAGE AND MANURE  
INCORPORATION. REPORTERS COMMENTED THAT CORN YIELDS WERE BETTER  
THAN EXPECTED.  
 
FIRE DANGER HAZARDS.  
 
AS OF THE MORNING OF NOVEMBER 14TH, THERE WAS LOW FIRE DANGER ACROSS  
CENTRAL WISCONSIN.  
 
AS A REMINDER, CITIZENS SHOULD ALWAYS CHECK WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS IN  
THEIR AREA BEFORE UNDERTAKING ANY OUTSIDE BURNING. CITIZENS ARE  
LIABLE FOR DAMAGES AND SUPPRESSION COSTS OF ANY WILDFIRE THEY MAY  
START.  
 
RIVER AND STREAM FLOW CONDITIONS.  
 
AS OF NOVEMBER 14TH, THE BLACK RIVER IN CENTRAL AND WEST-CENTRAL  
WISCONSIN WAS RUNNING NEAR NORMAL.  
 
CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY...  
 
FROM AUGUST 1ST THROUGH NOVEMBER 14TH, PRECIPITATION DEFICITS ARE  
AROUND 3 INCHES ACROSS PARTS OF NORTH-CENTRAL WISCONSIN. DUE TO  
THIS, ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS REMAIN ACROSS EASTERN TAYLOR  
COUNTY. HERE IS A MAP OF THE PRECIPITATION DEFICITS FROM AUGUST 1  
THROUGH NOVEMBER 14, 2017.  
 
 
PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...  
 
FROM NOVEMBER 17TH THROUGH NOVEMBER 21ST, BOTH TEMPERATURES WILL  
AVERAGE COLDER-THAN-NORMAL AND PRECIPITATION WILL AVERAGE NEAR- TO  
BELOW-NORMAL. DURING THIS TIME FRAME, THE DAILY AVERAGE  
TEMPERATURES RANGE FROM 29 TO 34 DEGREES AND THE NORMAL  
PRECIPITATION IS AROUND A THIRD OF AN INCH.  
 
BEYOND THIS TIME FRAME THE 8 TO 14 DAY FORECAST (NOVEMBER 22ND  
THROUGH NOVEMBER 28TH) FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC)  
CALLS FOR NEAR- TO ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW-NORMAL  
PRECIPITATION. DURING THIS TIME FRAME, THE DAILY AVERAGE  
TEMPERATURES RANGE FROM 26 TO 31DEGREES AND THE NORMAL PRECIPITATION  
IS AROUND A HALF INCH.  
 
THE CPC SEASONAL OUTLOOK FOR DECEMBER 2017 THROUGH FEBRUARY 2018  
(METEOROLOGICAL WINTER) CALLS A SLIGHT SHIFT TO COLDER-THAN-NORMAL  
ACROSS MINNESOTA, NORTHWEST WISCONSIN, AND MUCH OF NORTHERN IOWA.  
ELSEWHERE IN WISCONSIN, IOWA AND ILLINOIS THERE ARE EQUAL CHANCES  
FOR WARMER-, COLDER-, AND NEAR-NORMAL TEMPERATURES. MEANWHILE, DUE  
A WEAK LA NINA AND THE TRENDS OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS, THE ODDS ARE  
SHIFTED TOWARD WETTER-THAN-NORMAL PRECIPITATION.  
 
BELOW ARE THE SEASONAL OUTLOOKS FOR THE NEXT YEAR.  
 
NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...  
 
THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD.  
 

 
 
   
RELATED WEB SITES
 
 
LOCAL DROUGHT SITE...  
HTTPS://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/ARX/DROUGHT  
LOCAL DROUGHT MONITORING SITE...  
HTTPS://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/ARX/DROUGHTMONITORING  
U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...  
HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM/MONITOR.HTML  
NIDIS...  
HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.GOV  
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...  
HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/  
MIDWESTERN REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER (MRCC)...  
HTTP://MRCC.ISWS.ILLINOIS.EDU/  
ADDITIONAL RIVER INFORMATION...  
NWS - HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/PRECIP/INDEX.PHP?  
LOCATION_TYPE=WFO&LOCATION_NAME=ARX  
US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY - HTTP://WATER.USGS.GOV/  
US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS - HTTP://WWW.MVR.USACE.ARMY.MIL/  
 
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 ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT INFORMATION  
STATEMENT, PLEASE CONTACT THE NWS LA CROSSE AT:  
 
E-MAIL: NWS.LACROSSE@NOAA.GOV  
TELEPHONE: 608-784-8275  
 
THE CLIMATE FOCAL POINT AT THE NWS LA CROSSE IS JEFF BOYNE.  
 

 
 
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