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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI  
832 AM CDT THU AUG 9 2018  
 
...ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS CONTINUE ACROSS PARTS OF WESTERN WISCONSIN...  
 
SYNOPSIS...  
 
FROM JUNE 1 THROUGH AUGUST 7, PRECIPITATION DEFICITS UP TO 3.83 INCHES  
HAVE DEVELOPED IN NORTH-CENTRAL, WEST-CENTRAL, AND CENTRAL WISCONSIN.  
THE GREATEST DEFICITS WERE IN VERNON COUNTY IN WEST-CENTRAL WISCONSIN.  
THE COMBINATION OF THIS DRYNESS AND ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES HAVE  
RESULTED IN ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS IN ADAMS, CLARK, CRAWFORD,  
JACKSON, JUNEAU, LA CROSSE, MONROE, RICHLAND, TAYLOR, TREMPEALEAU, AND  
VERNON COUNTIES IN WESTERN WISCONSIN.  
 
SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...  
 
LOCAL AREA AFFECTED.  
 
THE ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS CONTINUE IN ADAMS, CLARK, CRAWFORD,  
JACKSON, JUNEAU, LA CROSSE, MONROE, RICHLAND, TAYLOR, TREMPEALEAU,  
AND VERNON COUNTIES IN WESTERN WISCONSIN.  
 
STATE /LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACTIONS.  
 
NO KNOW ACTIONS ARE CURRENTLY TAKING PLACE.  
 
SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS.  
 
TOPSOIL MOISTURE SUPPLIES WERE RATED 2 PERCENT VERY SHORT,  
19 PERCENT SHORT, 77 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 2 PERCENT SURPLUS.  
 
SUBSOIL MOISTURE SUPPLIES WERE RATED 3 PERCENT VERY SHORT,  
18 PERCENT SHORT, 76 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 3 PERCENT SURPLUS.  
 
AGRICULTURE IMPACTS.  
 
ACCORDING TO USDAS NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE,  
THERE WERE 5.4 DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK FOR THE WEEK ENDING  
AUGUST 5, 2018. TEMPERATURES WERE BELOW NORMAL IN MUCH OF  
STATE THIS WEEK AND PRECIPITATION CONTINUED TO BE SPOTTY AND  
INCONSISTENT. FARMERS WERE HARVESTING HAY, STRAW AND SMALL  
GRAINS, THOUGH SCATTERED SHOWERS INTERRUPTED FIELDWORK IN  
SOME AREAS. MOST REPORTERS NOTED DRY SOIL CONDITIONS BUT  
CROP STRESS VARIED WIDELY, EVEN WITHIN THE SAME COUNTY.  
SEVERAL REPORTERS NOTED ISSUES WITH WEED CONTROL, AND THERE  
WERE ISOLATED REPORTS OF BEAR AND INSECT DAMAGE.  
 
EIGHTY-SEVEN PERCENT OF THE STATES CORN ACREAGE HAS REACHED  
THE SILKING STAGE, 5 DAYS AHEAD OF BOTH LAST YEAR AND THE  
5-YEAR AVERAGE. TWENTY-EIGHT PERCENT OF THE CORN HAS REACHED  
THE DOUGH STAGE, 6 DAYS AHEAD OF BOTH LAST YEAR AND THE  
AVERAGE. CORN CONDITION WAS 81 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT.  
 
EIGHTY-EIGHT PERCENT OF SOYBEANS HAVE BLOOMED, 2 DAYS AHEAD  
OF LAST YEAR AND 5 DAYS AHEAD OF THE AVERAGE. SIXTY-FOUR  
PERCENT WERE SETTING PODS, 2 DAYS AHEAD OF LAST YEAR  
AND 4 DAYS AHEAD OF THE AVERAGE. SOYBEAN CONDITION WAS  
80 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT.  
 
OATS TURNING COLOR WAS REPORTED AT 93 PERCENT, 5 DAYS AHEAD  
OF LAST YEAR. OATS HARVESTED FOR GRAIN WAS REPORTED AS  
36 PERCENT COMPLETE, 5 DAYS AHEAD OF LAST YEAR AND  
1 DAY AHEAD OF THE AVERAGE. OAT CONDITION WAS 84 PERCENT  
GOOD TO EXCELLENT.  
 
POTATO HARVEST WAS REPORTED AS 9 PERCENT COMPLETE, 8 DAYS  
BEHIND LAST YEAR. POTATO CONDITION WAS 86 PERCENT GOOD TO  
EXCELLENT.  
 
WINTER WHEAT HARVEST WAS REPORTED AS 82 PERCENT COMPLETE, 4 DAYS  
AHEAD OF LAST YEAR.  
 
THE SECOND CUTTING OF ALFALFA WAS 96 PERCENT COMPLETE, 3 DAYS AHEAD  
OF LAST YEAR AND 5 DAYS AHEAD OF THE AVERAGE. THE THIRD CUTTING WAS  
52 PERCENT COMPLETE, 1 DAY AHEAD OF LAST YEAR AND 4 DAYS AHEAD OF  
THE AVERAGE. THE FOURTH CUTTING HAD JUST BEGUN. ALL HAY CONDITION  
WAS REPORTED 81 PERCENT IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION.  
 
PASTURE CONDITION WAS RATED 71 PERCENT IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT  
CONDITION, COMPARED WITH 73 PERCENT IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION  
LAST WEEK.  
 
THE FOLLOWING ARE SELECTED QUOTES FROM FARM REPORTERS AND COUNTY  
AG AGENTS:  
 
IN MONROE COUNTY, RAINFALL HAS BEEN VERY INCONSISTENT IN THE  
COUNTY. SOME AREAS ARE IN BAD NEED OF DECENT RAINFALL AMOUNTS AND  
THE CROPS ARE SHOWING SEVERE DROUGHT SYMPTOMS. OTHER AREAS ARE  
LOOKING REALLY NICE AT THIS TIME.  
 
IN VERNON COUNTY, THE COUNTY RECEIVED 0.5-0.75 INCHES OF RAIN.  
ALL CROPS WERE IN NEED OF PRECIPITATION. LOTS OF SMALL GRAINS  
BEING HARVESTED. PASTURE GROUND SHOWING SIGNS OF STRESS AND  
DECLINING DUE TO LACK OF RAIN. OVERALL, CROPS STILL LOOK GOOD  
AND NO STORM DAMAGE ACTIVITY TO REPORT TO DATE.  
 
FIRE DANGER HAZARDS  
 
AS OF THE MORNING OF AUGUST 8, LOW FIRE DANGER WAS REPORTED ACROSS  
THE STATE OF WISCONSIN. THIS INCLUDES ADAMS, BUFFALO, CLARK,  
CRAWFORD, GRANT, JACKSON, JUNEAU, LA CROSSE, MONROE, RICHLAND,  
TAYLOR, TREMPEALEAU, AND VERNON COUNTIES IN THE LA CROSSE  
HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA.  
 
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 AUGUST 8, THE GRANT, KICKAPOO, MISSISSIPPI, TREMPEALEAU,  
AND WISCONSIN RIVERS HAD ABOVE NORMAL FLOWS. MEANWHILE, THE  
REMAINDER OF THE RIVERS IN WESTERN WISCONSIN WERE NEAR-NORMAL.  
 
CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY...  
 
FROM JUNE 1 THROUGH AUGUST 8, BETWEEN 6.5 AND 13 INCHES OF RAIN  
FELL ACROSS NORTH-CENTRAL, WEST-CENTRAL, AND CENTRAL WISCONSIN.  
THIS HAS RESULTED IN THE RAIN DEFICITS UP TO 3.83" (ONTARIO 3E -  
VERNON COUNTY). DUE TO THESE RAINFALL DEFICITS AND ABOVE-  
NORMAL TEMPERATURES (LA CROSSE WI AVERAGED 74.4F - 12TH WARMEST  
FOR THIS TIME PERIOD), ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS CONTINUE  
FROM WEST-CENTRAL WISCONSIN EAST NORTHEAST INTO NORTHEAST  
WISCONSIN. THIS INCLUDES ADAMS, CLARK, CRAWFORD, JACKSON, JUNEAU,  
LA CROSSE, MONROE, RICHLAND, TAYLOR, TREMPEALEAU, AND VERNON  
COUNTIES IN WESTERN WISCONSIN.  
 
PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...  
 
FROM AUGUST 9 THROUGH AUGUST 15, TEMPERATURES WILL AVERAGE  
ABOVE-NORMAL AND THE PRECIPITATION WILL AVERAGE NEAR- TO BELOW-NORMAL.  
DURING THIS TIME FRAME, THE DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES RANGE FROM  
67 TO 72 DEGREES AND THE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS AROUND AN INCH.  
 
BEYOND THIS TIME FRAME, THE 8 TO 14-DAY FORECAST (AUGUST 16-22)  
FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) CALLS FOR AN ENHANCED CHANCE  
OF ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION. DURING THIS TIME  
FRAME, THE DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES RANGE FROM 66 TO 71 DEGREES  
AND THE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS AROUND AN INCH.  
 
THE CPC SEASONAL OUTLOOK FOR METEOROLOGICAL AUTUMN (SEPTEMBER 1-  
NOVEMBER 30) HAS ENHANCED CHANCES OF ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES  
AND EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE-, NEAR-, AND BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION  
FOR THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY.  
 
HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...  
 
NO SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL IS EXPECTED DURING THE WEEK. IN ADDITION,  
TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN ABOVE-NORMAL. THIS WILL RESULT IN LITTLE  
CHANGE IN THE ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS ACROSS WISCONSIN.  
 
NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...  
 
THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 16.  
 

 
   
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: W-ARX.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV  
TELEPHONE: 608-784-8275  
 
THE CLIMATE FOCAL POINT AT THE NWS LA CROSSE IS JEFF BOYNE.  
 

 
 
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