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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI  
1148 AM CDT FRI JUN 15 2018  
   
..ABNORMALLY DRY ACROSS NORTHERN WISCONSIN
 
 
SYNOPSIS...  
 
FROM APRIL 1 THROUGH JUNE 12, BETWEEN 5 AND 7 INCHES OF  
PRECIPITATION HAS FALLEN ACROSS CLARK AND TAYLOR COUNTIES IN CENTRAL  
AND NORTH-CENTRAL WISCONSIN. NORMALLY 7 TO 9 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION  
FALLS DURING THIS TIME PERIOD. THIS HAS RESULTED IN THE DEVELOPMENT  
OF ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS ACROSS NOT ONLY THESE 2 COUNTIES  
BUT ALSO ACROSS MUCH OF NORTHERN WISCONSIN.  
 
SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...  
 
LOCAL AREA AFFECTED.  
 
THE ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS HAVE DEVELOPED ACROSS CLARK AND  
TAYLOR COUNTIES IN NORTH-CENTRAL WISCONSIN.  
 
STATE /LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACTIONS.  
 
NO KNOW ACTIONS ARE CURRENTLY TAKING PLACE.  
 
SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS.  
 
TOPSOIL MOISTURE SUPPLIES WERE RATED 1 PERCENT VERY SHORT,  
16 PERCENT SHORT, 77 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 6 PERCENT SURPLUS.  
 
SUBSOIL MOISTURE SUPPLIES WERE RATED 1 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 10  
PERCENT SHORT, 84 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 5 PERCENT SURPLUS.  
 
AGRICULTURE IMPACTS.  
 
ACCORDING TO USDAS NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE, THERE  
WERE 5.5 DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK FOR THE WEEK ENDING JUNE 10,  
2018. TEMPERATURES WERE CLOSE TO NORMAL THIS WEEK AS FARMERS WORKED  
TO WRAP UP SPRING PLANTING. SCATTERED SHOWERS MIDWEEK ONLY SLIGHTLY  
DELAYED PLANTING ACTIVITIES, THOUGH THEY PREVENTED SOME FARMERS FROM  
BALING DRY HAY. HEAVY RAINS FELL IN SOUTHWESTERN WISCONSIN OVER THE  
WEEKEND, BUT MISSED MANY AREAS WHERE PRECIPITATION IS NEEDED. SOME  
REPORTERS NOTED THAT GERMINATION HAS BEEN UNEVEN DUE TO DRY SOILS.  
 
CORN PLANTING WAS 95 PERCENT COMPLETE, THE SAME AS LAST YEAR AND 2  
DAYS AHEAD OF THE 5-YEAR AVERAGE. CORN EMERGED WAS AT 87 PERCENT, 3  
DAYS AHEAD OF BOTH LAST YEAR AND THE AVERAGE. CORN CONDITION WAS 91  
PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT.  
 
NINETY-TWO PERCENT OF THE STATES EXPECTED SOYBEAN ACRES HAVE BEEN  
PLANTED, 4 DAYS AHEAD OF LAST YEAR AND 6 DAYS AHEAD OF THE AVERAGE.  
SEVENTY-THREE PERCENT OF THE STATES SOYBEANS HAVE EMERGED, 4 DAYS  
AHEAD OF THE AVERAGE. SOYBEAN CONDITION WAS 89 PERCENT GOOD TO  
EXCELLENT.  
 
OATS PLANTED WERE REPORTED AS 97 PERCENT COMPLETE, 4 DAYS BEHIND  
LAST YEAR AND 2 DAYS BEHIND THE AVERAGE. OATS EMERGED WAS AT 92  
PERCENT, 2 DAYS BEHIND LAST YEAR AND 3 DAYS BEHIND THE AVERAGE. OAT  
CONDITION WAS 91 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT.  
 
POTATO PLANTING IS REPORTED AS 95 PERCENT COMPLETE, 17 DAYS BEHIND  
LAST YEAR.  
 
WINTER WHEAT WAS 50 PERCENT HEADED, 2 DAYS BEHIND LAST YEAR. WINTER  
WHEAT CONDITION WAS 85 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT, 1 PERCENTAGE POINT  
ABOVE LAST WEEK.  
 
THE FIRST CUTTING OF ALFALFA WAS REPORTED AS 70 PERCENT COMPLETE, 2  
DAYS BEHIND LAST YEAR, BUT 4 DAYS AHEAD OF THE AVERAGE. ALL HAY  
CONDITION WAS REPORTED 83 PERCENT IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION,  
THE SAME AS LAST WEEK.  
 
PASTURE CONDITION WAS RATED 86 PERCENT IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT  
CONDITION, COMPARED TO 84 PERCENT IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION  
LAST WEEK.  
 
THE FOLLOWING ARE SELECTED QUOTES FROM FARM REPORTERS AND COUNTY AG  
AGENTS:  
 
IN ADAMS AND JUNEAU COUNTIES, THE CROPS THAT GOT PLANTED LOOK PRETTY  
GOOD. MOST PRODUCERS WERE ABLE TO GET SOME MORE WET AREAS PLANTED  
THIS PAST WEEK AND WILL LEAVE THE REST OF THE WET SPOTS UNPLANTED.  
WE DID RECEIVE A NICE SHOWER OVER THE WEEKEND.  
 
IN CLARK COUNTY, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME SHOWERS ABOUT EVERY OTHER DAY,  
BUT IT REALLY DIDN'T SLOW CROP PLANTING, JUST HAY HARVEST. SOME HAY  
FIELDS HAVE BEEN HARVESTED AND BEEN TILLED AND REPLANTED INTO CORN  
OR SOYBEANS. OVERALL ACROSS THE COUNTY THE NORTHERN AREAS HAVE BEEN  
DRIER THAN THE SOUTHERN AREAS OF THE COUNTY.  
 
IN LA CROSSE COUNTY, CROPS ARE LOOKING GOOD. FARMERS GOING LONG  
HOURS INTO THE NIGHT TO GET HAY CROP IN. MOST PASTURES ARE LOOKING  
GOOD. SPOTTY HEAVY RAINS THE LAST FEW NIGHTS PUT SOME LOWLANDS IN  
DANGER OF FLOODING.  
 
FIRE DANGER HAZARDS  
 
AS OF THE MORNING OF JUNE 14TH, LOW FIRE DANGER WAS REPORTED ACROSS  
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 JUNE 14, THE RIVERS IN NORTHERN WISCONSIN WERE RUNNING NEAR-  
TO BELOW-NORMAL, AND NEAR- TO ABOVE-NORMAL ACROSS SOUTHERN  
WISCONSIN.  
 
CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY...  
 
FROM APRIL 1 THROUGH JUNE 14, 2018, PRECIPITATION DEFICITS IN  
NORTH-CENTRAL WISCONSIN WERE UP TO 3.24" IN BLOOMER (CHIPPEWA  
COUNTY). IN THE LA CROSSE HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREA, THE HIGHEST  
DEFICIT WAS 2.75" IN MEDFORD (TAYLOR COUNTY). THIS DRYNESS HAS  
CAUSED ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS TO DEVELOP IN CLARK AND TAYLOR  
COUNTIES.  
 
PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...  
 
FROM JUNE 14 THROUGH JUNE 19, TEMPERATURES WILL AVERAGE WARMER-  
THAN-NORMAL AND PRECIPITATION WILL AVERAGE NEAR- TO ABOVE-NORMAL.  
 
DURING THIS TIME FRAME, THE DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES RANGE FROM 65  
TO 70 DEGREES AND THE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS AROUND 9 TENTHS OF AN  
INCH.  
 
BEYOND THIS TIME FRAME THE 8 TO 14-DAY FORECAST (JUNE 20-26) FROM  
THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) CALLS FOR AN ENHANCED CHANCE OF  
ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION. DURING  
THIS TIME FRAME, THE DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES RANGE FROM 67 TO 72  
DEGREES AND THE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS AROUND AN INCH.  
 
THE CPC SEASONAL OUTLOOK FOR JULY-SEPTEMBER HAS EQUAL CHANCES OF  
ABOVE-, NEAR-, AND BELOW-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION FOR  
THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY.  
 
HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...  
 
RAINFALL FROM TODAY THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK MAY RESULT IN SOME  
IMPROVEMENTS IN THE DROUGHT SITUATION ACROSS PARTS OF NORTHERN  
WISCONSIN.  
 
NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...  
 
THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED ON FRIDAY, JUNE 22.  
 

 
   
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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