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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI  
1103 AM CDT THU AUG 4 2022  
   
..STILL ABNORMALLY DRY IN PARTS OF THE AREA
 
 
.SYNOPSIS:  
 
.DROUGHT INTENSITY AND EXTENT:  
 
FROM 7 AM ON JULY 26 THROUGH 7 AM ON AUGUST 1, A NARROW 1 TO 1.5  
INCHES OF RAIN BAND FELL FROM AUSTIN, MN TO LANESBORO, WI.  
ELSEWHERE, RAIN TOTALS WERE LESS THAN AN INCH. SINCE THE HEAVIEST  
RAIN MISSED THE DRIEST AREAS IN THE LA CROSSE HYDROLOGIC SERVICE  
(HSA), ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS CONTINUE IN FLOYD COUNTY IN  
NORTHEAST IOWA; DODGE AND WABASHA COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA;  
AND BUFFALO AND TAYLOR COUNTIES IN WESTERN WISCONSIN.  
 
U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR SUMMARY:  
 
IN THE AUGUST 4 RELEASE OF THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR, ABNORMALLY DRY  
(D0) TO EXTREME (D3) DROUGHT WERE FOUND IN NORTHWEST IOWA.  
 
ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS TO SEVERE (D1) DROUGHT WERE FOUND IN  
EAST-CENTRAL MINNESOTA AND WEST-CENTRAL WISCONSIN; AND IN NORTH-  
CENTRAL IOWA.  
 
ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS TO MODERATE (D1) DROUGHT WERE FOUND  
IN SOUTHERN IOWA; WEST-CENTRAL MINNESOTA; NORTH-CENTRAL AND  
NORTHEAST WISCONSIN; AND IN THE FAR SOUTHEAST CORNER OF WISCONSIN.  
 
ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS WERE FOUND IN NORTH-CENTRAL AND  
NORTHEAST ILLINOIS.  
 
NOTE: THE DATA CUTOFF FOR DROUGHT MONITOR MAPS IS TUESDAY AT 7 A.M.  
CENTRAL DAYLIGHT TIME.  
 
LOCAL AREA AFFECTED:  
 
ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) IN ALL OR PARTS OF:  
 
NORTHEAST IOWA: FLOYD COUNTY.  
SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA: DODGE AND WABASHA COUNTIES.  
WESTERN WISCONSIN: BUFFALO AND TAYLOR COUNTIES.  
 
.PRECIPITATION:  
 
FROM APRIL 1 THROUGH AUGUST 1, 2022:  
 
RAINFALL DEFICITS RANGED FROM 2 TO 5 INCHES ACROSS ACROSS PARTS OF  
NORTHEAST IOWA, SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA, AND WESTERN WISCONSIN. THESE  
DEFICITS HAVE RESULTED IN ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS IN FLOYD  
COUNTY IN NORTHEAST IOWA; DODGE AND WABASHA COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST  
MINNESOTA; AND BUFFALO AND TAYLOR COUNTIES IN WESTERN WISCONSIN.  
 
.HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS:  
 
AS OF THE MORNING OF AUGUST 4, THE RIVER AND STREAM FLOWS RANGED  
FROM BELOW TO NEAR NORMAL IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA; RANGED FORM NEAR-  
TO ABOVE-NORMAL IN WESTERN WISCONSIN; AND RANGED FROM NEAR TO MUCH-  
ABOVE NORMAL IN NORTHEAST IOWA.  
 
NOTE: THIS IS TIME-SENSITIVE AND CONDITIONS COULD CHANGE.  
 
.SUMMARY OF IMPACTS:  
 
.AGRICULTURE:  
 
THE FOLLOWING REPORTS CAME FROM THE USDAS NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL  
STATISTICS SERVICE FOR THE WEEK ENDING ON JULY 31, 2022.  
 
IOWA:  
 
VERY LITTLE PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE STATE RESULTED IN 6.3 DAYS  
SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK. INCREASINGLY DRY CONDITIONS ARE A CONCERN  
FOR MANY. FIELDWORK INCLUDED CUTTING AND BALING HAY AND PESTICIDE  
APPLICATIONS.  
 
TOPSOIL MOISTURE CONDITION RATED 17 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 32 PERCENT  
SHORT, 50 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 1 PERCENT SURPLUS.  
SUBSOIL MOISTURE CONDITION RATED 15 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 31 PERCENT  
SHORT, 53 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 1 PERCENT SURPLUS.  
CORN SILKING OR BEYOND WAS 87 PERCENT, 2 DAYS BEHIND BOTH LAST YEAR  
AND THE 5-YEAR AVERAGE. THIRTY PERCENT OF THE CORN CROP HAS REACHED  
THE DOUGH STAGE OR BEYOND, 3 DAYS BEHIND LAST YEAR BUT EVEN WITH THE  
AVERAGE. ONE PERCENT OF IOWA’S CORN CROP HAS REACHED THE DENT STAGE,  
6 DAYS BEHIND LAST YEAR AND 3 DAYS BEHIND THE AVERAGE. CORN  
CONDITION FELL SLIGHTLY TO 76 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT. EIGHTY-  
THREE PERCENT OF SOYBEANS WERE BLOOMING, 1 WEEK BEHIND LAST YEAR AND  
2 DAYS BEHIND AVERAGE. FIFTY-TWO PERCENT OF THE SOYBEAN CROP WAS  
SETTING PODS, 6 DAYS BEHIND LAST YEAR AND 1 DAY BEHIND THE 5-YEAR  
AVERAGE. IOWA’S SOYBEAN CONDITION DECLINED SLIGHTLY TO 73 PERCENT  
GOOD TO EXCELLENT. NINETY-ONE PERCENT OF OATS WERE TURNING COLOR OR  
BEYOND, 8 DAYS BEHIND LAST YEAR. OATS HARVESTED FOR GRAIN REACHED 64  
PERCENT, 1 DAY BEHIND LAST YEAR AND THE AVERAGE.  
 
EIGHTY-NINE PERCENT OF THE STATE’S SECOND CUTTING OF ALFALFA HAY WAS  
COMPLETE, WITH THE THIRD CUTTING AT 13 PERCENT. ALL HAY CONDITION  
RATED 61 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT. PASTURE CONDITION RATED 47  
PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT. LACK OF RAIN STRESSED PASTURES AND  
LIVESTOCK LAST WEEK.  
 
MINNESOTA:  
 
MINNESOTA HAD 6.0 DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK. DRY CONDITIONS  
CONTINUED ACROSS MUCH OF THE STATE.  
 
TOPSOIL MOISTURE SUPPLIES WERE RATED 8 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 20  
PERCENT SHORT, 66 PERCENT ADEQUATE, AND 6 PERCENT SURPLUS.  
SUBSOIL MOISTURE SUPPLIES WERE RATED 5 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 19  
PERCENT SHORT, 71 PERCENT ADEQUATE, AND 5 PERCENT SURPLUS.  
CORN SILKING WAS AT 75 PERCENT, 5 DAYS BEHIND THE 5-YEAR AVERAGE.  
CORN DOUGH REACHED 13 PERCENT. CORN CONDITION WAS 2 PERCENT VERY  
POOR, 5 PERCENT POOR, 30 PERCENT FAIR, 52 PERCENT GOOD, AND 11  
PERCENT EXCELLENT. SOYBEANS BLOOMING OR BEYOND REACHED 81 PERCENT, 5  
DAYS BEHIND AVERAGE. SOYBEANS SETTING PODS REACHED 36 PERCENT.  
SOYBEAN CONDITION WAS 1 PERCENT VERY POOR, 4 PERCENT POOR, 29  
PERCENT FAIR, 55 PERCENT GOOD, AND 11 PERCENT EXCELLENT.  
 
OATS WERE 98 PERCENT HEADED, 75 PERCENT COLORING, AND 16 PERCENT  
HARVESTED. OAT CONDITION WAS 1 PERCENT VERY POOR, 5 PERCENT POOR, 30  
PERCENT FAIR, 53 PERCENT GOOD, AND 11 PERCENT EXCELLENT. SPRING  
WHEAT WAS 100 PERCENT HEADED AND 45 PERCENT COLORING. SPRING WHEAT  
CONDITION WAS 0 PERCENT VERY POOR, 0 PERCENT POOR, 18 PERCENT FAIR,  
74 PERCENT GOOD, AND 8 PERCENT EXCELLENT. BARLEY WAS 98 PERCENT  
HEADED, 48 PERCENT COLORING, AND 4 PERCENT HARVESTED. BARLEY  
CONDITION WAS 0 PERCENT VERY POOR, 1 PERCENT POOR, 31 PERCENT FAIR,  
62 PERCENT GOOD, AND 6 PERCENT EXCELLENT.  
 
DRY EDIBLE BEANS WERE 90 PERCENT BLOOMING AND 44 PERCENT SETTING  
PODS. DRY EDIBLE BEAN CONDITION WAS 0 PERCENT VERY POOR, 1 PERCENT  
POOR, 27 PERCENT FAIR, 61 PERCENT GOOD, AND 11 PERCENT EXCELLENT.  
SUNFLOWER CONDITION WAS 0 PERCENT VERY POOR, 0 PERCENT POOR, 20  
PERCENT FAIR, 71 PERCENT GOOD, AND 9 PERCENT EXCELLENT. ALFALFA HAY  
SECOND CUTTING WAS AT 80 PERCENT.  
 
POTATO CONDITION WAS 0 PERCENT VERY POOR, 0 PERCENT POOR, 5 PERCENT  
FAIR, 69 PERCENT GOOD, AND 26 PERCENT EXCELLENT. SUGARBEET CONDITION  
WAS 2 PERCENT VERY POOR, 4 PERCENT POOR, 23 PERCENT FAIR, 16 PERCENT  
GOOD, AND 55 PERCENT EXCELLENT.  
 
ALL HAY CONDITION WAS RATED AT 1 PERCENT VERY POOR, 4 PERCENT POOR,  
20 PERCENT FAIR, 60 PERCENT GOOD, AND 15 PERCENT EXCELLENT. PASTURE  
CONDITION WAS RATED AT 3 PERCENT VERY POOR, 11 PERCENT POOR, 19  
PERCENT FAIR, 53 PERCENT GOOD, AND 14 PERCENT EXCELLENT.  
 
WISCONSIN:  
 
WISCONSIN HAD 6.2 DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK FOR THE WEEK. IT WAS  
ANOTHER DRY WEEK ACROSS MOST OF THE STATE, AND SOME CROPS,  
ESPECIALLY IN THE NORTH, ARE SHOWING SIGNS OF STRESS DUE TO THE DRY  
CONDITIONS.  
 
TOPSOIL MOISTURE CONDITION RATED 6 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 22 PERCENT  
SHORT, 70 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 2 PERCENT SURPLUS.  
SUBSOIL MOISTURE CONDITION RATED 8 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 21 PERCENT  
SHORT, 69 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND 2 PERCENT SURPLUS.  
CORN SILKING WAS 56 PERCENT, 8 DAYS BEHIND LAST YEAR AND 4 DAYS  
BEHIND THE 5-YEAR AVERAGE. SEVEN PERCENT OF CORN HAD REACHED THE  
DOUGH STAGE, 5 DAYS BEHIND LAST YEAR AND 3 DAYS BEHIND THE AVERAGE.  
CORN CONDITION WAS 77 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT STATEWIDE, DOWN 2  
PERCENTAGE POINTS FROM LAST WEEK.  
 
SOYBEANS BLOOMING WAS 77 PERCENT, 1 WEEK BEHIND LAST YEAR BUT EVEN  
WITH THE AVERAGE. SOYBEANS SETTING PODS WAS 41 PERCENT, 8 DAYS  
BEHIND LAST YEAR AND 2 DAYS BEHIND THE AVERAGE. SOYBEAN CONDITION  
WAS 77 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT, DOWN 2 PERCENTAGE POINTS FROM LAST  
WEEK.  
 
OATS COLORING WAS AT 84 PERCENT, 5 DAYS BEHIND LAST YEAR BUT EVEN  
WITH THE AVERAGE. OAT HARVESTED FOR GRAIN WAS 16 PERCENT, 5 DAYS  
BEHIND LAST YEAR AND 2 DAYS BEHIND THE AVERAGE. OAT CONDITION WAS 81  
PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT, THE SAME AS LAST WEEK.  
 
POTATOES HARVESTED WAS AT 7 PERCENT, 1 DAY BEHIND LAST YEAR BUT EVEN  
WITH THE AVERAGE. POTATO CONDITION WAS 95 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT,  
DOWN 3 PERCENTAGE POINTS FROM LAST WEEK.  
 
WINTER WHEAT HARVESTED FOR GRAIN WAS 56 PERCENT, 1 WEEK BEHIND LAST  
YEAR BUT 1 DAY AHEAD OF THE AVERAGE. WINTER WHEAT CONDITION WAS  
RATED 83 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT STATEWIDE, DOWN 2 PERCENTAGE  
POINTS FROM LAST WEEK.  
 
THE SECOND CUTTING OF ALFALFA WAS REPORTED AT 94 PERCENT COMPLETE, 3  
DAYS BEHIND LAST YEAR BUT 6 DAYS AHEAD OF THE AVERAGE. THE THIRD  
CUTTING OF ALFALFA WAS 41 PERCENT COMPLETE, 4 DAYS AHEAD OF THE  
AVERAGE. ALL HAY CONDITION WAS REPORTED 77 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT  
CONDITION, DOWN 4 PERCENTAGE POINTS FROM LAST WEEK. PASTURE  
CONDITION WAS RATED 68 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT, DOWN 4 PERCENTAGE  
POINTS FROM LAST WEEK.  
 
.FIRE HAZARDS:  
 
AS OF THE MORNING OF AUGUST 4, THERE WAS LOW (FIRES ARE NOT EASILY  
STARTED) TO MODERATE (FIRES START EASILY AND SPREAD AT A MODERATE  
RATE) FIRE DANGER IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA  
 
NOTE: THIS IS TIME-SENSITIVE AND CONDITIONS COULD CHANGE DAY TO DAY.  
FIRE CONDITIONS CAN CHANGE DRASTICALLY ON DRIER, WINDY DAYS.  
UPDATED DNR FIRE CONDITIONS CAN BE FOUND VIA LINKS TO THE RIGHT.  
 
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 AUGUST 4 THROUGH AUGUST 10, TEMPERATURES WILL AVERAGE ABOVE  
NORMAL, AND PRECIPITATION WILL AVERAGE NEAR- TO ABOVE-NORMAL.  
DURING THIS TIME FRAME, DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES RANGE FROM 69 TO  
74°F, AND THE NORMAL PRECIPITATION AVERAGES AROUND 9 TENTHS OF AN  
INCH.  
 
BEYOND THIS TIME FRAME, THE 8 TO 14-DAY FORECAST (AUGUST 11 THROUGH  
AUGUST 17) FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) IS CALLING FOR  
ENHANCED CHANCES OF ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW-NORMAL  
RAINFALL. THE DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR THIS PERIOD RANGE FROM  
68 TO 73°F AND THE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS AROUND 9 TENTHS OF AN  
INCH.  
 
FROM SEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMBER, THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER HAS  
TILTED THE ODDS SLIGHTLY TOWARD WARMER- AND DRIER-THAN-NORMAL.  
SEASONAL TEMPERATURES TYPICALLY AVERAGE FROM 40 TO 50°F AND  
PRECIPITATION RANGES FROM 8 TO 9.5 INCHES.  
 
.NEXT ISSUANCE DATE:  
 
THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 11.  
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS MAY BE FOUND  
AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES:  
 
U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR: HTTPS://WWW.DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU/  
U.S. DROUGHT PORTAL: HTTPS://DROUGHT.GOV/  
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC): HTTPS://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/  
MIDWESTERN REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER: HTTPS://MRCC.ISWS.ILLINOIS.EDU/  
WISCONSIN STATE CLIMATOLOGY OFFICE: HTTPS://WWW.AOS.WISC.EDU/~SCO/  
MINNESOTA CLIMATOLOGY WORKING GROUP: HTTPS://CLIMATEAPPS.DNR.STATE.MN.US/INDEX.HTM  
IOWA CLIMATOLOGY BUREAU: HTTPS://WWW.IOWAAGRICULTURE.GOV/CLIMATOLOGY.ASP  
 
ADDITIONAL WATER AND RIVER INFORMATION:  
NWS: HTTPS://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/  
OWP: HTTPS://WATER.NOAA.GOV/  
U.S. GEOLOGIC SURVEY (USGS): HTTPS://WATER.USGS.GOV/  
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (USACE): HTTPS://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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