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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI  
205 AM CDT FRI OCT 15 2021  
   
..THE DROUGHT IMPROVES SOME
 
 
.SYNOPSIS:  
 
.DROUGHT INTENSITY AND EXTENT: FROM OCTOBER 5 TO OCTOBER 12,  
RAINFALL TOTALS RANGED FROM 2 TO 5 INCHES IN PARTS OF NORTHEAST  
IOWA, AND THEY WERE UP TO 3 INCHES IN GRANT COUNTY. NORMALLY, A HALF-  
INCH OF RAIN TYPICALLY FALLS DURING THIS TIME PERIOD. THIS RAIN  
CAUSED SOME IMPROVEMENT IN THE DROUGHT ACROSS NORTHEAST IOWA AND  
SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN.  
 
IN THE OCTOBER 12 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, MOWER, OLMSTED, AND WABASHA  
COUNTIES.  
WESTERN WISCONSIN: CRAWFORD AND RICHLAND COUNTIES.  
 
.PRECIPITATION:  
 
GROWING SEASON:  
 
FROM APRIL 1 THROUGH OCTOBER 12, PRECIPITATION ANOMALIES RANGED FROM  
6 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL TO UP TO 12 INCHES BELOW NORMAL IN NORTHEAST  
IOWA, FROM 3 ABOVE NORMAL TO 12 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 (16.90 INCHES - 11.89 INCHES DRIER THAN NORMAL - 5TH  
DRIEST), GUTTENBERG, IA (17.42 INCHES - 10.06 INCHES DRIER THAN  
NORMAL - 9TH DRIEST), AND LANCASTER 4 WSW, WI (18.54 INCHES - 9.84  
INCHES DRIER THAN NORMAL - 10TH DRIEST).  
 
CALENDAR YEAR:  
 
THROUGH OCTOBER 12, PRECIPITATION ANOMALIES RANGED FROM 3 INCHES  
ABOVE NORMAL TO UP TO 12 INCHES BELOW NORMAL IN NORTHEAST IOWA AND  
SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN, AND FROM 3 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL TO UP TO 12  
INCHES BELOW NORMAL IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA.  
 
FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR, THE LOWEST PRECIPITATION TOTALS INCLUDE  
ELKADER 6 SSW, IA (21.68 INCHES - 11.77 INCHES DRIER THAN NORMAL -  
8TH DRIEST), OELWEIN, IA (22.15 INCHES - 7.49 INCHES DRIER THAN  
NORMAL - 7TH DRIEST), AND LAKE CITY, MN (22.25 INCHES - 7.07 INCHES  
DRIER THAN NORMAL - 11TH DRIEST).  
 
.HYDROLOGIC CONDITIONS:  
 
AS OF THE MORNING OF OCTOBER 12, THE RIVER AND STREAM FLOWS RANGED  
FROM BELOW TO ABOVE NORMAL IN SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA, FROM NEAR TO  
ABOVE NORMAL IN SOUTHWEST AND CENTRAL 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 10, 2021.  
 
IOWA:  
 
SCATTERED PRECIPITATION SLOWED HARVEST IN SOME AREAS, BUT STATEWIDE  
IOWA’S FARMERS HAD 5.3 DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK DURING THE WEEK.  
FIELD ACTIVITIES INCLUDED HARVESTING SOYBEANS AND CORN, FALL  
TILLAGE, AND APPLYING FERTILIZER.  
 
TOPSOIL MOISTURE LEVELS RATED 12 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 31 PERCENT  
SHORT, 55 PERCENT ADEQUATE, AND 2 PERCENT SURPLUS. SUBSOIL MOISTURE  
LEVELS RATED 18 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 36 PERCENT SHORT, 45 PERCENT  
ADEQUATE, AND 1 PERCENT SURPLUS.  
 
NINETY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE CORN CROP HAS REACHED MATURITY, 8 DAYS  
AHEAD OF THE 5-YEAR AVERAGE. CLOSE TO ONE-THIRD OF CORN FOR GRAIN  
HAS BEEN HARVESTED AT 30 PERCENT COMPLETE STATEWIDE, ALSO 8 DAYS  
AHEAD OF NORMAL. THE MOISTURE CONTENT OF FIELD CORN BEING HARVESTED  
FOR GRAIN WAS 19 PERCENT. IOWA’S CORN CONDITION RATED 62 PERCENT  
GOOD TO EXCELLENT.  
 
SOYBEANS DROPPING LEAVES OR BEYOND REACHED 96 PERCENT, ONE WEEK  
AHEAD OF NORMAL. MORE THAN HALF OF IOWA’S SOYBEAN CROP HAS BEEN  
HARVESTED AT 56 PERCENT, 9 DAYS AHEAD OF THE FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE.  
SOYBEAN CONDITION WAS RATED 63 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT.  
 
PASTURE CONDITION RATED 32 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT. OVERALL,  
LIVESTOCK WAS FARING WELL, ALTHOUGH CONDITIONS VARIED WITH SOME  
REPORTS OF MUDDY FEEDLOTS BUT ALSO WATER SHORTAGE ISSUES FOR CATTLE  
ON PASTURE.  
 
MINNESOTA:  
 
INCREASED RAINFALL ALLOWED 5.4 DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK DURING  
THE WEEK. REPORTS INDICATED THAT WARM WEATHER SLOWED SUGARBEET  
HARVESTING. HARVESTING OF ROW CROPS WAS THE WEEK’S PRIMARY ACTIVITY.  
 
TOPSOIL MOISTURE SUPPLIES WERE RATED 4 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 21  
PERCENT SHORT, 70 PERCENT ADEQUATE, AND 5 PERCENT SURPLUS. SUBSOIL  
MOISTURE SUPPLIES WERE RATED 11 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 36 PERCENT  
SHORT, 51 PERCENT ADEQUATE, AND 2 PERCENT SURPLUS.  
 
CORN IN THE MATURE STAGE REACHED 97 PERCENT, EQUAL TO LAST YEAR BUT  
TEN DAYS AHEAD OF THE 5-YEAR AVERAGE. CORN HARVESTED FOR GRAIN  
REACHED 36 PERCENT, TWO DAYS AHEAD OF LAST YEAR AND TWELVE DAYS  
AHEAD OF THE AVERAGE. MOISTURE CONTENT WAS 19 PERCENT. CORN  
CONDITION RATED 40 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT.  
 
SOYBEANS HARVESTED REACHED 83 PERCENT, EQUAL TO LAST YEAR BUT OVER  
TWO WEEKS AHEAD OF THE AVERAGE.  
 
DRY BEANS HARVEST WAS 92 PERCENT COMPLETE. POTATOES WERE 82 PERCENT  
HARVESTED. SUNFLOWERS REACHED 33 PERCENT HARVESTED. SUNFLOWER  
CONDITION RATED 45 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT. SUGARBEETS REACHED 17  
PERCENT HARVESTED. SUGARBEETS CONDITION RATED 72 PERCENT GOOD TO  
EXCELLENT.  
 
PASTURE CONDITION WAS 16 PERCENT VERY POOR, 28 PERCENT POOR, 38  
PERCENT FAIR, 15 PERCENT GOOD AND 3 PERCENT EXCELLENT. NO REPORTS OF  
LIVESTOCK CONCERNS WERE RECEIVED.  
 
WISCONSIN:  
 
WISCONSIN HAD 4.7 DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK FOR THE WEEK.  
TEMPERATURES WERE ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS THE STATE WITH MANY AREAS 10  
OR MORE DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PRECIPITATION WAS NEAR NORMAL FOR MOST  
OF WISCONSIN. FARMERS HARVESTED CORN (BOTH GRAIN AND SILAGE),  
SOYBEANS, HAY, AND POTATOES. SEVERAL REPORTERS ALSO MENTIONED MANURE  
APPLICATION.  
 
TOPSOIL MOISTURE CONDITION RATED 8 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 11 PERCENT  
SHORT, 77 PERCENT ADEQUATE, AND 4 PERCENT SURPLUS. SUBSOIL MOISTURE  
CONDITION RATED 10 PERCENT VERY SHORT, 12 PERCENT SHORT, 74 PERCENT  
ADEQUATE, AND 4 PERCENT SURPLUS.  
 
NINETY-ONE PERCENT OF THE CORN CROP WAS MATURE, 1 DAY AHEAD OF LAST  
YEAR AND 16 DAYS AHEAD OF THE 5-YEAR AVERAGE. HARVEST FOR GRAIN WAS  
24 PERCENT COMPLETE, 6 DAYS AHEAD OF LAST YEAR AND 11 DAYS AHEAD OF  
NORMAL. CORN SILAGE WAS 95 PERCENT HARVESTED.  
 
THE MOISTURE CONTENT OF FIELD CORN HARVESTED FOR GRAIN WAS 21  
PERCENT. CORN CONDITION WAS 73 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT, UNCHANGED  
FROM LAST WEEK.  
 
SOYBEANS DROPPING LEAVES OR BEYOND REACHED 97 PERCENT. SOYBEAN  
HARVEST WAS 47 PERCENT COMPLETE, 2 DAYS AHEAD OF LAST YEAR AND 8  
DAYS AHEAD OF THE AVERAGE. SOYBEAN CONDITION RATED 73 PERCENT GOOD  
TO EXCELLENT, UNCHANGED FROM LAST WEEK.  
 
POTATO HARVEST WAS 82 PERCENT COMPLETE, 4 DAYS BEHIND LAST YEAR.  
 
WINTER WHEAT PLANTING REACHED 74 PERCENT COMPLETE, 2 DAYS BEHIND  
LAST YEAR BUT 9 DAYS AHEAD OF THE 5-YEAR AVERAGE. FORTYSEVEN PERCENT  
OF WINTER WHEAT HAS EMERGED, 4 DAYS BEHIND LAST YEAR BUT 6 DAYS  
AHEAD OF NORMAL.  
 
THE 4TH CUTTING OF ALFALFA HAY WAS 96 PERCENT COMPLETE.  
 
PASTURE CONDITION RATED 62 PERCENT GOOD TO EXCELLENT, 2 PERCENTAGE  
POINTS ABOVE THE PREVIOUS WEEK.  
 
FALL TILLAGE WAS 30 PERCENT COMPLETE, 14 DAYS AHEAD OF THE 5-YEAR  
AVERAGE.  
 
.FIRE HAZARDS:  
 
AS OF THE MORNING OF OCTOBER 12, THERE WAS LOW (FIRES ARE NOT EASILY  
STARTED) TO MODERATE (FIRES START EASILY AND SPREAD AT A MODERATE  
RATE) FIRE DANGER ACROSS SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA, AND LOW FIRE DANGER IN  
NORTHEAST IOWA AND FROM SOUTHWEST INTO CENTRAL WISCONSIN.  
 
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 14 TO OCTOBER 19, TEMPERATURES WILL AVERAGE NEAR  
NORMAL, AND RAINFALL WILL RANGE FROM BELOW TO NEAR NORMAL. DURING  
THIS TIME FRAME, DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES RANGE FROM 46 TO 51  
DEGREES, AND THE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS AROUND A HALF-INCH.  
 
BEYOND THIS TIME FRAME, THE 8 TO 14-DAY FORECAST (OCTOBER 20 TO  
OCTOBER 26) FROM THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENT  
ER (CPC) CALLS FOR  
ENHANCED CHANCES FOR ABOVE-NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW-NORMAL  
PRECIPITATION. THE DAILY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR THIS PERIOD RANGE  
FROM 43 TO 48 DEGREES AND THE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS AROUND A HALF-  
INCH.  
 
FROM NOVEMBER 2021 THROUGH JANUARY 2022, THE CLIMATE PREDICTION  
CENTER HAS EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE-, NEAR-, AND BELOW-NORMAL  
TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION FOR THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER  
VALLEY.  
 
.NEXT ISSUANCE DATE:  
 
THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21.  
 
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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