Small Improvement in Iowa Drought Conditions

There are slightly less dry conditions in Iowa, according to the state’s latest drought monitor.

The new map shows roughly 87 of Iowa’s 99 counties are in some level of drought, that’s down from 89 counties last week. All of northwest Iowa is experiencing some form of drought. More than 80 counties are in either moderate or severe drought, including Buena Vista and surrounding counties, while portions of 14 counties in western and southeastern Iowa are in extreme drought. Almost all of the remainder of the state is considered abnormally dry. A small portion of BV county is only considered abnormally dry. The only normal moisture levels are in parts of Osceola and Dickinson counties in northwest Iowa.

During June, which is typically Iowa’s wettest month, Iowa got less than three inches of rainfall statewide. About five-and-a-half inches would’ve been normal.

(thanks to Radio Iowa for contributing)