Drought Conditions Continue to Improve

The latest U-S Drought Monitor map of Iowa shows no red areas indicating extreme drought.

D-N-R Hydrologist Tim Hall says we’ve been seeing red for a long time…

It is a big turnaround, but not all the color has washed out of the drought map…

More of northwest Iowa, including all of Buena Vista County, has no drought conditions at all, according to this week’s map. Much of Calhoun County is Abnormally Dry, as is a portion of Pocahontas County. 40 percent of the state now has no drought, an increase of ten percent from last week.

Hall says depth of the drought is evident in the lack of any major flood issues…

Half of the state’s annual rainfall usually comes in May through August, and Hall says if we are above normal in any of those months, we could go a long way toward pushing all the drought colors off the map.

(thanks to Radio Iowa for contributing)

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