Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS La Crosse, WI

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
223 PM CDT Thu Sep 22 2022

...Abnormally Dry and Drought Conditions Expand Some This Week...

.SYNOPSIS:

.Drought intensity and extent:

From 7 AM on September 13 through 7 AM on September 20, a narrow
2 to 5-inch rain band fell across northern Clark County (most of this
rain fell during the early morning hours of September 20).
Elsewhere, rainfall totals ranged from a trace to three-quarters of
an inch during this time period. Since April 1, rainfall deficits of
2 to 7 inches have developed from Wabasha County in southeast
Minnesota east into Clark and Jackson counties in central Wisconsin.
The largest deficits (4 to 7 inches) are located in northern Wabasha
County in southeast Minnesota and northwest Buffalo County in west-
central Wisconsin. Due to these deficits, moderate (D1) drought was
recently added to northern Wabasha County and severe (D2) drought
was added in northwest Buffalo County. Elsewhere, in the
aforementioned counties, the abnormally dry (D0) conditions were
expanded southward toward Interstate 90 and north in southern and
central Clark County.

U.S. Drought Monitor Summary:

In the September 20 release of the U.S. Drought Monitor, abnormally
dry (D0) to extreme (D3) drought was found in northwest Iowa.

Abnormally dry (D0) conditions to severe (D1) drought were found in
southwest and east-central Minnesota; west-central and northwest
Wisconsin; and southeast Iowa.

Abnormally dry (D0) conditions to moderate (D1) drought were found
in west-central and northwest Minnesota, southwest Iowa; north-
central Wisconsin, and central Illinois.

Abnormally dry (D0) conditions were found in north-central Minnesota
and central Wisconsin.

Note: The data cutoff for Drought Monitor maps is Tuesday at 7 a.m.
Central Daylight Time.

Local Area Affected:

​Abnormally Dry (D0) to Severe (D2) Drought in all or parts of:

Western Wisconsin:  Buffalo County.
Abnormally Dry (D0) to Moderate (D1) Drought in all or parts of:

Southeast Minnesota:  Wabasha County.
​Abnormally Dry (D0) in all or parts of:

Western Wisconsin:  Clark, Jackson, and Trempealeau counties.

.Precipitation:

From April 1 through September 20, 2022:

Rainfall deficits ranged from 2 to 7 inches from Wabasha County in
southeast Minnesota east into Clark and Jackson counties in central
Wisconsin. The largest deficits (4 to 7 inches) were located in
northern Wabasha County in southeast Minnesota and northwest Buffalo
County in west-central Wisconsin. Due to these deficits, northern
Wabasha County has moderate (D1) drought and northwest Buffalo
County has moderate (D1) to severe (D2) drought. Elsewhere, in the
aforementioned counties, there are abnormally dry (D0) conditions.

.Hydrologic conditions:

As of the morning of September 20, the river and stream flow ranged
from below normal to above normal in southeast Minnesota, from
normal to above normal in northeast Iowa, and from normal to much
above normal in western Wisconsin.

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 September 18, 2022.

Iowa:

Widespread rainfall across the State resulted in 5.8 days suitable
for fieldwork during the week. Row crop harvest has begun, and other
fieldwork included chopping silage, cutting hay, and seeding cover
crops. Producers were also preparing equipment and bins for harvest.

Topsoil moisture conditions rated 14 percent very short, 28 percent
short, 57 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture conditions rated 19 percent very short, 31 percent
short, 49 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

Corn in the dent stage or beyond was 93 percent, 5 days ahead of the
5-year average. Forty-two percent of Iowa’s corn crop was mature,
2 days behind last year but equal to the average. Harvest of the
State’s corn crop began with 2 percent complete. Corn condition was
64 percent good to excellent. Seventy-five percent of soybeans were
coloring or beyond, 3 days behind last year. Soybeans dropping
leaves were at 30 percent, almost 1 week behind last year and 3 days
behind the 5-year average. Soybean condition remained 63 percent
good to excellent.

Ninety-four percent of the State’s third cutting of alfalfa hay was
complete. Pasture condition rose slightly to 34 percent good to
excellent. Some producers have livestock on dry lots due to a lack
of water in pastures.

Minnesota:

Minnesota had 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week. Harvest
of corn and soybeans is just getting underway.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 7 percent very short,
26 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 7 percent very short,
22 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.

Corn dented or beyond reached 86 percent. Corn maturity was at
21 percent, one week behind the 5-year average. Corn condition was
3 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 49 percent good,
and 14 percent excellent. Corn for silage was 43 percent harvested.
Soybean coloring reached 76 percent. Soybeans dropping leaves was at
31 percent, 5 days behind average. Soybean condition was 2 percent
very poor, 6 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 50 percent good, and
13 percent excellent.

Oats were 95 percent harvested, barley was 91 percent harvested, and
spring wheat was 92 percent harvested.

Dry edible beans were 79 percent dropping leaves and 39 percent
harvested. Dry edible bean condition was 0 percent very poor,
2 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 63 percent good, and 8 percent
excellent. Sunflower condition was 0 percent very poor, 0 percent
poor, 19 percent fair, 71 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.

The potato harvest was 49 percent complete. Potato condition was
0 percent very poor, 0 percent poor, 4 percent fair, 67 percent good,
and 29 percent excellent. Sugarbeet harvest was 7 percent complete.
Sugarbeet condition was 2 percent very poor, 2 percent poor,
18 percent fair, 22 percent good, and 56 percent excellent.

Pasture condition was rated 4 percent very poor, 11 percent poor,
23 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 13 percent excellent.

Wisconsin:

Wisconsin had 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week. A warm
week with temperatures averaging 5.9 degrees above average allowed
farmers to make good progress on harvesting corn silage and hay, as
well as seeding fall crops and beginning fall tillage.

Topsoil moisture conditions rated 1 percent very short, 9 percent
short, 81 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture conditions rated 1 percent very short, 16 percent
short, 78 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus.

Corn in the dough stage or beyond was 96 percent, 1 day behind last
year but 7 days ahead of the 5-year average. Seventy-eight percent
of corn had reached the dent state, 8 days behind last year but 1
day ahead of the average. Twenty-three percent of corn was mature,
3 days behind last year and 1 day behind the average. Corn condition
was 77 percent good to excellent statewide, down 1 percentage point
from last week. Corn for silage harvest was at 20 percent, 8 days
behind last year and 6 days behind the average.

Soybean coloring was 72 percent, 5 days behind last year but even
with the average. Soybeans dropping leaves was 18 percent, 8 days
behind last year and 5 days behind the average. Soybean condition
was 77 percent good to excellent, even with last week.

Oats harvested for grain were at 97 percent, 5 days behind last year
but 4 days ahead of the average.

Potatoes harvested were at 45 percent, 3 days behind last year and
2 days behind the average. The potato condition was 94 percent good to
excellent, even with last week.

Winter wheat planted was at 21 percent, 5 days behind last year and
4 days behind the average. Winter wheat emerged at 5 percent,
10 days behind last year and 5 days behind the average.

The fourth cutting of alfalfa was reported at 83 percent complete,
2 days ahead of last year and 12 days ahead of the average.

Pasture condition was rated 68 percent good to excellent, down
1 percentage point from last week.

.FIRE HAZARDS:

As of the morning of September 20, there was low (fires are not
easily started) fire danger in northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota,
and western Wisconsin.

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 September 22 through September 27, temperatures will average
colder than normal and the rainfall will average below normal.
During this time frame, daily average temperatures range from 57 to
62°F, and rainfall averages around 7-tenths of an inch.

Beyond this time frame, the 8 to 14-day forecast (September 28
through October 4) from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is
calling for enhanced chances for above-normal temperatures and below-
normal rainfall. The daily average temperatures for this period
range from 53 to 58°F and the normal rainfall is around 7 tenths of
an inch.

From November through January, the Climate Prediction Center has
equal chances of above, near, and below-normal temperatures and
precipitation. There are equal chances for wetter-, near-, and drier-
than-normal across the Upper Mississippi River Valley. Seasonal
temperatures typically average from 20 to 30°F and precipitation
ranges from 4 to 5.5 inches.

.NEXT ISSUANCE DATE:

This product will be updated on Thursday, September 29.

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
$$

Boyne


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