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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI  
555 AM CDT THU OCT 21 2021  
   
..ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS EXPAND
 
 
.SYNOPSIS:  
 
.DROUGHT INTENSITY AND EXTENT:  
 
FROM OCTOBER 12 TO OCTOBER 19, RAINFALL TOTALS WERE LESS THAN A  
TENTH OF AN INCH NORTH OF INTERSTATE 94, RANGED FROM A TENTH TO A  
QUARTER-INCH BETWEEN INTERSTATES 90 AND 94, AND FROM A QUARTER OF AN  
INCH TO 6 TENTHS OF AN INCH ACROSS NORTHEAST IOWA AND SOUTHWEST  
WISCONSIN. THE HIGHEST RAINFALL WAS REPORTED AT PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI  
(0.55 INCHES), NEW HAMPTON, IA (0.60 INCHES), AND NEAR WAUCOMA, IA  
(0.62 INCHES). NORMALLY, BETWEEN A HALF-INCH AND 6 TENTHS OF AN INCH  
OF PRECIPITATION TYPICALLY FALLS DURING THIS TIME PERIOD.  
 
THE COMBINATION OF ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW-NORMAL  
PRECIPITATION THIS AUTUMN HAS RESULTED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF  
ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS IN WEST-CENTRAL AND NORTH-CENTRAL  
WISCONSIN, AND AN EXPANSION OF IT IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA.  
 
IN THE OCTOBER 19 RELEASE OF THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...  
 
ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) TO SEVERE (D2) DROUGHT IN ALL OR PARTS OF:  
 
NORTHEAST IOWA: FLOYD COUNTY.  
​ABNORMALLY DRY (D1) TO MODERATE (D1) DROUGHT IN ALL OR PARTS OF:  
 
NORTHEAST IOWA: CLAYTON, FAYETTE, AND MITCHELL COUNTIES.  
​WESTERN WISCONSIN: GRANT COUNTY.  
ABNORMALLY DRY (D1) IN ALL OR PARTS OF:  
 
NORTHEAST IOWA: CHICKASAW, HOWARD, AND WINNESHIEK COUNTIES.  
SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA: DODGE, FILLMORE, HOUSTON, MOWER, OLMSTED,  
WABASHA, AND WINONA COUNTIES.  
WESTERN WISCONSIN: BUFFALO, CLARK, CRAWFORD, JACKSON, LA CROSSE,  
RICHLAND, TREMPEALEAU, AND TAYLOR COUNTIES.  
 
.PRECIPITATION:  
 
GROWING SEASON:  
 
FROM APRIL 1 THROUGH OCTOBER 19, PRECIPITATION ANOMALIES RANGED FROM  
5 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL TO UP TO 12 INCHES BELOW NORMAL IN NORTHEAST  
IOWA, FROM 3 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL TO 11.25 INCHES BELOW NORMAL IN  
SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN, AND FROM 3 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL TO 9.5 INCHES  
DRIER THAN NORMAL IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA.  
 
FOR THE GROWING SEASON, THE LOWEST RAIN TOTALS INCLUDE ELKADER 6  
SSW, IA (17.30 INCHES - 12.07 INCHES DRIER THAN NORMAL - 5TH  
DRIEST), GUTTENBERG, IA (17.81 INCHES - 10.11 INCHES DRIER THAN  
NORMAL - 8TH DRIEST), AND LANCASTER 4 WSW, WI (18.91 INCHES - 10  
INCHES DRIER THAN NORMAL - 9TH DRIEST).  
 
CALENDAR YEAR:  
 
THROUGH OCTOBER 19, PRECIPITATION ANOMALIES RANGED FROM 5 INCHES  
ABOVE NORMAL TO UP TO 13 INCHES BELOW NORMAL IN NORTHEAST IOWA, FROM  
3 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL TO 12.5 INCHES BELOW NORMAL IN SOUTHWEST  
WISCONSIN, AND FROM 3 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL TO UP TO 11 INCHES BELOW  
NORMAL IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA.  
 
FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR, THE LOWEST PRECIPITATION TOTALS INCLUDE JUST  
NORTH OF ROCHESTER, MN 21.78 INCHES), NEAR ZUMBRO FALLS, MN (21.81  
INCHES), AND ELKADER 6 SSW, IA (22.08 INCHES - 11.85 INCHES DRIER  
THAN NORMAL - 8TH DRIEST).  
 
.HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS:  
 
AS OF THE MORNING OF OCTOBER 19, THE RIVER AND STREAM FLOWS RANGED  
FROM BELOW TO NEAR NORMAL IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA, FROM NEAR NORMAL  
TO ABOVE NORMAL IN SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN, AND FROM NEAR TO MUCH ABOVE  
NORMAL IN NORTHEAST IOWA.  
 
NOTE: THIS IS TIME-SENSITIVE AND CONDITIONS COULD CHANGE.    
 
.SUMMARY OF IMPACTS:  
 
.AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS:  
 
THE FOLLOWING REPORTS CAME FROM THE USDAS NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL  
STATISTICS SERVICE FOR THE WEEK ENDING ON OCTOBER 17, 2021.  
 
IOWA:  
 
DESPITE MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION ACROSS IOWA, HARVEST CONTINUED AS  
FARMERS HAD 4.7 DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK DURING THE WEEK. FIELD  
ACTIVITIES CONTINUED TO INCLUDE HARVESTING SOYBEANS AND CORN, FALL  
TILLAGE, AND APPLYING FERTILIZER.  
 
TOPSOIL MOISTURE LEVELS RATED 8 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 34 PERCENT  
SHORT, 57 PERCENT ADEQUATE, AND 1 PERCENT SURPLUS. SUBSOIL MOISTURE  
LEVELS RATED 16 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 38 PERCENT SHORT, 46 PERCENT  
ADEQUATE, AND 0 PERCENT SURPLUS.  
 
VIRTUALLY ALL OF IOWA’S CORN CROP HAS REACHED MATURITY. FORTY-THREE  
PERCENT OF CORN FOR GRAIN HAS BEEN HARVESTED, ONE WEEK AHEAD OF THE  
FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE. THE MOISTURE CONTENT OF FIELD CORN BEING  
HARVESTED FOR GRAIN WAS 18 PERCENT. IOWA’S CORN CONDITION RATED 63  
PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT.  
 
DESPITE THE RAIN SHOWERS, SOYBEAN HARVEST REACHED 70 PERCENT, ONE  
WEEK AHEAD OF THE FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE. PRODUCERS IN SOUTH-CENTRAL IOWA  
HAVE OVER HALF THEIR SOYBEAN CROP REMAINING TO BE HARVESTED WHILE  
PRODUCERS IN ALL OTHER DISTRICTS HAVE AT LEAST 52 PERCENT ALREADY  
HARVESTED.  
 
PASTURE CONDITION RATED 30 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT. NO UNUSUAL  
CONDITIONS FOR LIVESTOCK WERE REPORTED.  
 
MINNESOTA:  
 
SCATTERED STORMS GAVE FARMERS 4.4 DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK DURING  
THE WEEK. FIELD ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK INCLUDED COMBINING, TILLING,  
AND MANURE APPLICATIONS.  
 
TOPSOIL MOISTURE SUPPLIES WERE RATED 3 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 17  
PERCENT SHORT, 74 PERCENT ADEQUATE, AND 6 PERCENT SURPLUS. SUBSOIL  
MOISTURE SUPPLIES WERE RATED 9 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 32 PERCENT SHORT,  
57 PERCENT ADEQUATE, AND 2 PERCENT SURPLUS.  
 
CORN HARVESTED FOR GRAIN REACHED 53 PERCENT, TWO DAYS BEHIND LAST  
YEAR BUT ELEVEN DAYS AHEAD OF THE AVERAGE. THE CORN MOISTURE CONTENT  
OF GRAIN AT HARVEST AVERAGED 18 PERCENT. CORN CONDITION RATED 37  
PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT.  
 
SOYBEANS HARVESTED REACHED 91 PERCENT, THREE DAYS BEHIND LAST YEAR  
BUT TWO WEEKS AHEAD OF THE AVERAGE.  
 
DRY BEANS HARVEST WAS 97 PERCENT COMPLETE. POTATOES WERE 92 PERCENT  
HARVESTED. SUNFLOWERS REACHED 40 PERCENT HARVESTED. SUNFLOWER  
CONDITION RATED 47 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT. SUGARBEETS REACHED 38  
PERCENT HARVESTED. SUGARBEETS CONDITION RATED 74 PERCENT GOOD TO  
EXCELLENT.  
 
PASTURE CONDITION WAS 14 PERCENT VERY POOR, 23 PERCENT POOR, 39  
PERCENT FAIR, 19 PERCENT GOOD AND 5 PERCENT EXCELLENT. NO REPORTS OF  
LIVESTOCK LOSSES WERE RECEIVED.  
 
WISCONSIN:  
 
WISCONSIN HAD 4.2 DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK FOR THE WEEK.  
TEMPERATURES WERE ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS THE STATE, ALL AREAS  
EXPERIENCED TEMPERATURES 4 OR MORE DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. MOST OF  
WISCONSIN HAD LESS THAN ½ INCH OF PRECIPITATION, THOUGH LOCATIONS  
NEAR THE ILLINOIS BORDER OR NEAR LAKE MICHIGAN RECEIVED UP TO 1 ½  
INCHES. NORMAL FALL FIELD ACTIVITIES CONTINUED WITH THE HARVEST OF  
CORN, SILAGE, SOYBEANS, AND POTATOES.  
 
TOPSOIL MOISTURE CONDITION RATED 2 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 8 PERCENT  
SHORT, 84 PERCENT ADEQUATE, AND 6 PERCENT SURPLUS. SUBSOIL MOISTURE  
CONDITION RATED 5 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 9 PERCENT SHORT, 81 PERCENT  
ADEQUATE, AND 5 PERCENT SURPLUS.  
 
NINETY-SIX PERCENT OF THE CORN CROP WAS MATURE. HARVEST FOR GRAIN  
WAS 32 PERCENT COMPLETE, 4 DAYS AHEAD OF LAST YEAR AND 9 DAYS AHEAD  
OF THE 5-YEAR AVERAGE. CORN SILAGE WAS 97 PERCENT HARVESTED. THE  
MOISTURE CONTENT OF FIELD CORN HARVESTED FOR GRAIN WAS 20 PERCENT.  
CORN CONDITION WAS 68 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT, 5 PERCENTAGE POINTS  
BELOW LAST WEEK.  
 
SOYBEAN HARVEST WAS 59 PERCENT COMPLETE, 3 DAYS BEHIND LAST YEAR BUT  
6 DAYS AHEAD OF THE AVERAGE.  
 
WINTER WHEAT PLANTING REACHED 86 PERCENT COMPLETE, 1 DAY AHEAD OF  
LAST YEAR AND 11 DAYS AHEAD OF THE AVERAGE. SIXTY-SIX PERCENT OF  
WINTER WHEAT HAS EMERGED, 2 DAYS AHEAD OF LAST YEAR AND 12 DAYS  
AHEAD OF NORMAL.  
 
PASTURE CONDITION RATED 70 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT, 8 PERCENTAGE  
POINTS ABOVE THE PREVIOUS WEEK.  
 
FALL TILLAGE WAS 35 PERCENT COMPLETE, 2 DAYS AHEAD OF LAST YEAR AND  
12 DAYS AHEAD OF THE 5-YEAR AVERAGE.  
 
POTATO HARVEST WAS 93 PERCENT COMPLETE, TIED WITH LAST YEAR BUT 5  
DAYS AHEAD OF THE AVERAGE.  
 
.FIRE HAZARDS:  
 
AS OF THE MORNING OF OCTOBER 19, THERE WAS MODERATE (FIRES START  
EASILY AND SPREAD AT A MODERATE RATE) FIRE DANGER IN SOUTHWEST  
WISCONSIN AND LOW (FIRES ARE NOT EASILY STARTED) FIRE DANGER IN  
NORTHEAST IOWA AND SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA.  
 
NOTE: THIS IS TIME-SENSITIVE AND CONDITIONS COULD CHANGE DAY-TO-DAY  
FIRE CONDITIONS CAN CHANGE DRASTICALLY ON DRIER, WINDY DAYS.  
 
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.  
 
.DROUGHT MITIGATION ACTIONS: NONE REPORTED.  
 
.LOCAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK:  
 
FROM OCTOBER 21 TO OCTOBER 26, TEMPERATURES WILL AVERAGE NEAR  
NORMAL, AND RAINFALL WILL RANGE FROM BELOW NORMAL.  DURING THIS TIME  
FRAME, DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES RANGE FROM 43 TO 48 DEGREES, AND  
THE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS AROUND 4 TENTHS OF AN INCH.   
 
BEYOND THIS TIME FRAME, THE 8 TO 14-DAY FORECAST (OCTOBER 27 TO  
NOVEMBER 2) FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) CALLS FOR  
ENHANCED CHANCES FOR ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND  
PRECIPITATION. THE DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR THIS PERIOD RANGE  
FROM 40 TO 45 DEGREES AND THE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS AROUND A HALF-  
INCH.   
 
DURING NOVEMBER, THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER HAS EQUAL CHANCES OF  
ABOVE-, NEAR-, AND BELOW-NORMAL TEMPERATURES. THE ODDS ARE TILTED  
SLIGHTLY TOWARD WETTER THAN IN NORTH-CENTRAL AND CENTRAL WISCONSIN.  
MEANWHILE, THE REMAINDER OF THE AREA HAS EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE-,  
NEAR-, AND BELOW-NORMAL PRECIPITATION.  
 
FROM DECEMBER 2021 THROUGH FEBRUARY 2022, THE CLIMATE PREDICTION  
CENTER HAS TILTED THE ODDS SLIGHTLY TOWARD WARMER AND WETTER-THAN-  
NORMAL ACROSS MUCH OF THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY.  
 
.NEXT ISSUANCE DATE:  
 
THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28.  
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS MAY BE FOUND AT  
THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES:  
 
U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR: WWW.DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU  
U.S. DROUGHT PORTAL: WWW.DROUGHT.GOV  
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC): WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV  
MIDWESTERN REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER: MRCC.ISWS.ILLINOIS.EDU  
WI STATE CLIMATOLOGY OFFICE: WWW.AOS.WISC.EDU/~SCO  
MN CLIMATOLOGY WORKING GROUP: CLIMATEAPPS.DNR.STATE.MN.US/INDEX.HTM  
IA CLIMATOLOGY BUREAU: WWW.IOWAAGRICULTURE.GOV/CLIMATOLOGY.ASP  
 
ADDITIONAL WATER AND RIVER INFORMATION:  
NWS: WATER.WEATHER.GOV  
OWP: WATER.NOAA.GOV  
U.S. GEOLOGIC SURVEY (USGS): WATER.USGS.GOV  
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (USACE): WWW.MVP.USACE.ARMY.MIL  
 
.ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:  
 
THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING NOAA’S  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL CENTERS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL  
INFORMATION, THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA), STATE AND  
REGIONAL CLIMATOLOGISTS, AND THE NATIONAL DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER.  
INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT WAS GATHERED FROM NWS AND FEDERAL  
AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) OBSERVATION SITES, STATE COOPERATIVE  
EXTENSION SERVICES, USACE AND USGS.  
 
.CONTACT INFORMATION:  
 
SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT  
STATEMENT, PLEASE CONTACT:  
 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE  
N2788 COUNTY ROAD FA  
LA CROSSE, WI 54601  
PHONE: 608-784-7294  
EMAIL: W-ARX.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV  
 

 
 
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