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Latest Drought Monitor

The latest Drought Monitor was released Thursday, and it depicts a dry scenario for the state.

After a wet winter and spring, it has turned into a dry weather pattern over the last month or so. As of August 6th, 36.39% of Iowa is classified as “D0” or “Abnormally Dry.”

Here’s a look at the rainfall departures across the state, going back to July 1st. (Courtesy the ISU Iowa Environmental Mesonet)

Portions of Linn and Jones County are sitting nearly 4.00″ below average. Needless to say, we could use a little rain.

There is some scattered showers in the forecast Saturday, with the better chance of rain tracking in Sunday night and Monday. The second round of rain has a better chance of providing the area with beneficial rain. Here is the potential rainfall over the next seven days, per the Weather Prediction Center.


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