Drought Map Shows Improvement Again

Continued rains across the state brought more improvement in the latest U-S Drought Monitor for Iowa.

D-N-R Hydrologist Tim Hall says the two most severe categories of drought are no longer found on the map…

According to the map, there are no drought conditions in northwest Iowa. Nearly 67 percent of the state now has no form of drought, which compares to only three percent with no drought in January. Hall says the northeast part of the state is still the driest area, but it’s a lot better now.

Hall says his discussion with the state climatologist indicates we could see spring flip from record-dry to record-wet conditions this year…

The plentiful rain has had some farmers worried about finishing planting, and at times it leaves ponds of water in fields. Hall says he’s not worried about that at this point…

Hall says it’s good to see the groundwater and stream flows come back to normal for the first time in a long time. And he says June is normally the wettest month of the year, so the pattern is likely to continue.

(thanks to Radio Iowa)

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