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In Need of Rain

We had a few showers pass through parts of eastern Iowa Monday morning. Any location that saw rain got less than 0.10". A few locations in northern Iowa were closer to 0.25".

Now that the month is over...well in just a few hours of me typing this are the monthly rain totals. Less than 0.50" of rain fell in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. There were several days with highs in the 90s drying out any moisture in the ground.

This brings us to the Drought Monitor. With little to no rain in the last 7 days the conditions continue to get worse. The next update is due out Thursday morning.

The forecast doesn't have much rain for eastern Iowa. There is a small chance of a light shower Tuesday. The next The next best chances is Sunday. That is several days out and that could change. As of right now the map below shows about 0.50" of rain possible through Monday evening. All of it coming Sunday. We will see how this changes in the next few days.

The long range outlook, from the Climate Prediction Center, was released today and it shows the month of September to be more on the dry side from Iowa toward northwest.

Mark Schnackenberg

Chief Meteorologist

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