National Weather Service: Severe Drought Continues in Our Area

200 PM CDT Thu Jul 9 2021

...No changes in the drought status across southern WI...

.Synopsis: The latest Drought Monitor did not change from last week
and shows Abnormal Dryness (D0) across northern Marquette, Green
Lake and Fond du lac Counties. Extreme Drought (D3) continues across
Kenosha, southeastern Walworth and extreme southwestern Racine
Counties. Severe Drought (D2) continues across the remainder of
Racine and Walworth Counties as well as southeastern Rock County.
Moderate Drought (D1) continues across the remainder of southern

.Precipitation: Precipitation the past week through the early
morning of July 7th was well below normal across much of southern
WI, but rainfall of 1 to 2 inches fell over portions of northern
Marquette, Green Lake, Fond du Lac, and Sheboygan Counties. Large
portions of Ozaukee and Milwaukee County had a little over one half
inch of rain on average. Far southeastern Wisconsin in the D2 and D3
areas saw little to no rainfall.

90-Day precipitation deficits across southern Wisconsin south of I-
94 averaged 4-8 inches with the highest departures across Lafayette,
Green, Rock, Walworth, Racine, and Kenosha Counties. The highest
departures of 6 to 8 inches represent around 50% of normal. This
includes the Severe Drought (D2) and Extreme Drought (D3) areas.
Much of Sauk, Columbia, Dodge, Washington, Ozaukee, and the southern
portions of Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, and Marquette
Counties have a 2 to 4 inch deficit, which is 50% to 80% of normal.

Hydrologic Conditions: Streamflows are below normal across much of
Racine, Kenosha, and portions of Walworth County. Otherwise, normal
streamflows are reported across much of southern WI.

.Summary of Impacts: 35% to 50% of topsoil and subsoil moisture
across the drought area of southern Wisconsin is considered short or
very short of moisture. Crops over far southern WI are exhibiting
areas of stress.

.Drought Mitigation Actions: None reported.

.Local Drought Outlook: There are better chances for rain the
remainder of this week into early next week over far southern WI.
One half inch or greater of rainfall is possible south of I-94.

The Climate Prediction Center indicates greater chances for above
normal temperatures and above normal rainfall for the 6 to 14 day
periods. The 3 to 4 week outlook favors equal chances for above or
below normal temperatures and rainfall. This means there is not a
good signal one way or the other. The 3 month outlook through
September indicates better than normal chances for above normal
temperatures, and equal chances for above, below, or normal
precipitation, which means there isn`t a good signal that indicates
one solution over another.

Banner note:  The Weather Service uses the following five levels to categorize a drought.  We are currently in D2 (Severe Drought). Red text color added by the Banner.

Intensity and Impacts
 D0 (Abnormally Dry)
 D1 (Moderate Drought)
 D2 (Severe Drought)
 D3 (Extreme Drought)
 D4 (Exceptional Drought)
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