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Drought conditions expand across Iowa

If you have been thinking it's been rather dry lately, you are correct. Drought conditions continue to expand. The latest US Drought Monitor was released this morning.

Portions of eastern Iowa are now considered "Abnormally Dry", which is defined as "short-term dryness slowing planting, growth of crops or pastures."

Last week, 54.04% of the state was abnormally dry, but this week that is up to 62.84%. Likewise, the percentage of moderate drought areas is also up from 29.59%. Severe drought areas rose to 12.82% from 7.62%.

We could certainly use some rain, but there aren't many appreciable rain chances in the next week. Here's the potential amounts courtesy of the Weather Prediction Center.

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Kyle Kiel


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