Drought Information Statement
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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Lincoln IL
508 PM CDT Thu Sep 1 2022



.Drought Intensity and Extent: Severe Drought (D2) has ended in
Champaign County, however Moderate Drought (D1) covers portions
of Mclean, De Witt, and Piatt Counties and much of Champaign
County. D1 Drought has ended in Vermilion County.

Beneficial moderate to heavy rain fell in much of the D2 and D1
Drought areas over the past week from a couple of storm systems.
Combined with rainfall from earlier in the month, precipitation
amounts were above normal across Champaign County for the month of
August, some areas far above normal. Long term drought conditions
remain due to precipitation deficits that have been ongoing since
April, and crops have suffered damage which likely can not be
reversed this late in the growing season.

.Precipitation: From August 25 to 29, a few rounds of moderate to
heavy rain fell on the D2 area and surrounding areas in D1. Heavy
rain fell particularly on August 29, with amounts measured up to
5 inches in Vermilion County. August Normal Precipitation by way
of comparison is 3.54 inches at Urbana. Precipitation deficits
since the beginning of the drought in April have shrunk, however
deficits of 2 to 6 inches continue for the 5 month period April
through August.

Some selected monthly totals in inches are listed below:

            Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug    Total  Normal
Fisher      2.88 3.49 2.47 2.09 4.06   14.99
Ogden       3.10 3.61 1.68 1.46 9.10   18.95
Philo       2.65 3.49 1.09 2.10 5.00   14.33
Rantoul     3.59 3.34 1.35 2.51 5.82   16.61
Sidell      3.03 3.64 0.60 1.61 6.85   15.73
Urbana      2.52 4.12 0.81 2.42 4.94   14.81  20.48

.Hydrologic Conditions: 7-day average Streamflow is variable,
ranging from 33rd percentile (near normal) to 82nd percentile
(above normal) over Champaign County.


.Agricultural impacts: In central Champaign County, corn crops
have suffered poor development and corn ears have failed to fill,
however recent rain has likely mitigated drought damage as much as
possible this late in the growing season. Soybean crops are
looking improved.


.LOCAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK: The likelihood of any significant
precipitation in the next seven days is low, however slight
chances of precipitation are forecast daily Saturday through
Thursday. The 6 to 10 day and 8 to 14 day outlook precipitation
outlooks favor near normal precipitation.

This will be the last Drought Information Statement issued by the
NWS Lincoln Forecast Office unless severe (D2) or worse drought
develops again.


Local Weather, Water, and Climate Information...
Central Illinois NWS Office......https://weather.gov/ilx

Additional River and Climate Information...
U.S. Geological Survey...........https://water.usgs.gov/

Rock Island Corps of Engineers...https://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/
St. Louis Corps of Engineers.....https://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/
Louisville Corps of Engineers....https://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/

Illinois State Climatologist.........

Climate Prediction Center........https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

U.S. Drought Monitor.............
U.S. Drought Portal..............https://www.drought.gov/
U.S. Drought Impact Reporter....


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,
state and regional climatologists, and the National Drought
Mitigation Center. Information for this statement has been
gathered from NWS and FAA observation sites, cooperative
extension services, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the
U.S. Geological Survey.


If you have questions or comments about this statement, please

National Weather Service
1362 State Route 10
Lincoln, IL 62656
Phone: 217-732-3089
E-mail: nws.lincoln@noaa.gov



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