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Drought monitor remains unchanged: moderate drought continues

The moderate drought continues with little change to conditions across eastern Iowa. Some of far southern Iowa was removed from the abnormally dry conditions.

Year to date totals are starting to widen when compared to the normal. We are 4" down on the year in Waterloo, 3 and a third inches down in Dubuque, 2.5" down in Cedar Rapids, and only 1.27" down in Iowa City. There are certainly some improvements the further south/east you go but things are still dry.

You'll find the same trend looking at the last month of data, with more rain to the southeast.

The 30 day total is about 25% to 50% of normal.

This is true even after near normal numbers over the past week.

There are numerous chances for rain in the 10 day forecast.

Unfortunately, these chances look fairly isolated and light. The estimated precip over the next 5 days through Tuesday are not very impressive.

The 8 to 14 day outlook shows a signal for above normal precipitation.

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Brandon Libby

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