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Need Some Rain

I have recently been asked for more rain since flowers and lawns have not been doing well if not watered. In the last 30 days northern Iowa has received several inches of rain. The radar estimates are in the 4-7″ range north and less than 1″ in pockets across southern Iowa.

Here is a look at the rain amounts measured in the last 24 days for a couple locations. Notice the the rain total in Iowa City is less than 1″.

There is a chance of rain in the forecast but not until Sunday and Monday when a cold front drifts south across the state. At this point some locations could see 0.50 to 1.50″ of rain. This will not be widespread. The highest amounts will be in that rain for locations that do get the storms. Typical with summer storms, some get a lot and some get little to nothing.

The 8-14 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center shows near normal precipitation through the first week of August. This doesn’t show any signs of above or below normal precipitation. There doesn’t look like much relief from the lack of rain in the next two weeks.

As of the latest Drought Monitor, from last week, there is no drought concerns. The next update will be out on Thursday morning.

Mark Schnackenberg

Chief Meteorologist

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