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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Springfield MO
248 PM CDT Thu Jul 19 2018

...Extreme to Severe Drought Conditions Across Extreme Southeast
Kansas and Southwest Missouri...

AREAS AFFECTED...

Within the NWS Springfield Forecast Area, the U.S. Drought Monitor
has designated Extreme Drought(D3) conditions over Western Cherokee
County in southeast Kansas. Severe Drought (D2) conditions remain
across all or portions of
Barton...Jasper...Newton...McDonald...Barry...Lawrence...Vernon and
Dade Counties in southwest Missouri.

SYNOPSIS...

The combination of above normal temperatures and below normal
precipitation from early May through the middle of July has led to
the development of extreme to severe drought conditions in the
affected area described above.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

Reports of impacts in the severe drought area include: 1)grass not
growing and corn not producing, 2)hay shortages, and 3) selling of
cattle due to lack of available grass and hay for feeding herds.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

Within the severe drought area, precipitation accumulations were 3
to 5 inches below normal for the last 60 days, and 6 to 12 inches
below normal for the last 90 days. Joplin had their second warmest
May through June on record at 76.6 degrees...which is five to six
degrees above normal.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY...

Streamflows were below normal across the extreme to severe drought
areas but have improved slightly with some isolated storms this past
week.
According to USGS Streamflow Percentiles, the Spring River at La
Russell, Mo was less than 10 percent of normal flow, Shoal Creek
near Joplin and the Spring River at Carthage was between 10 to 24
percent of normal flow.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

Through August 2 expect a 65 percent chance of below normal
temperatures and a 33 percent chance for precipitation above
normals. For the three-month period from August through October
expect a 45 percent chance of above normal temperatures and a 33
percent chance of below normal precipitation.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

On or near Thursday, July 26th.

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RELATED WEB SITES...

LOCAL WEATHER, CLIMATE, AND WATER INFORMATION:
http://www.weather.gov/sgf

MIDWEST CLIMATE CENTER DROUGHT INFORMATION PAGE:
http://mcc.sws.uiuc.edu/cliwatch/drought/drought.jsp

MISSOURI STATE CLIMATOLOGIST:
http://climate.missouri.edu

MISSOURI DNR DROUGHT PAGE:
http://www.dnr.mo.gov/env/wrc/droughtupdate.htm

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

U.S. DROUGHT PORTAL:
http://www.drought.gov

U.S. DROUGHT REPORTER:
http://droughtreporter.unl.edu/map

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER:
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

The U.S. Drought Monitor is a weekly collaborative effort between
a number of state and federal agencies including the National
Weather Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the
National Drought Mitigation Center.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

Gene Hatch
Climate Services Focal Point
National Weather Service Springfield MO
gene.hatch@noaa.gov

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TEO