Drought Conditions Expand in Iowa

With no rainfall in the last week across the majority of Iowa, the drought conditions have worsened.  The latest US Drought Monitor was released Thursday morning, showing that much of the state is experiencing some sort of drought.  Last week, 50.32% of the state was not experiencing at least “Abnormally Dry” conditions, but this week that number is down to 29.33%.

Moderate Drought conditions have also expanded in portions of eastern Iowa.  It’s been a dry past couple of months, compared to what it was the beginning of June.

The good news is that there are several chances for rain in the forecast over the next week.  While they don’t look like heavy rain makers, any rain is good news at this point.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on September 14, 2017

Iowa Drought Update

Since the beginning of August, it has been abnormally dry across eastern Iowa.  The latest Drought Monitor was released Thursday morning, and it shows that the drought conditions have spread a little farther to the east.

Severe to extreme drought conditions continues across southern portions of Iowa.  Fairfield only recorded 3.51″ of rainfall from June 1 to August 31, making it the driest on record for that location. Unfortunately, we aren’t anticipating any measurable rain in the next week.  Looking ahead, the Climate Prediction Center has a good chance of lower than normal rain through September 20th.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on September 7, 2017

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Latest Drought Monitor

The latest US Drought Monitor was released Thursday morning, and it still paints a severe to extreme drought for portions of southern Iowa.

Some good news, 51.85% of the state is not experiencing drought conditions, which is up from just 44.31% last week.

Some bad news, there is not much rain in the forecast over the next week, and even the next two weeks.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on August 31, 2017

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Needed Rain

The recent rain fell in an area where drought conditions were getting worse by the day. The heavy rain fell in the southwestern half of Iowa. This is the area under a severe and extreme drought conditions. The next updated Drought Monitor will be released Thursday morning. It should probably show some improvement.

Now lets talk about eastern Iowa. We have started seeing the drought conditions move east across the state. Some of the recent rain might help a little. Despite the recent rain in eastern Iowa it is still dry when you look at the numbers for the month of August. Rainfall departures are more than two inches below normal in some locations.

The rain forecast through early next week doesn’t bring much rain to eastern Iowa. See map below.

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This post was written by Schnack on August 22, 2017

Latest Drought Monitor

The latest Drought Monitor was released Thursday morning, and through August 8th, 12.49% of Iowa is experiencing a Severe Drought, which is up from 7.05% last week.   Only 28.53% of the state is not experiencing some sort of drought at this time, which is down from 33.00% last week.

The latest rainfall forecast from the Weather Prediction Center doesn’t show much rain over the next 7 days across eastern Iowa.  Any rain, however, would be great news.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on August 10, 2017

Latest Drought Monitor

Here’s a look at the latest Drought Monitor released Thursday.  This takes into account the rainfall through Tuesday, August 1st.  Unfortunately, the drought has worsened a bit in south central Iowa, where there is a severe drought in place.

 

Here’s a look at July’s rainfall departure across the Midwest.  You’ll notice that northeast Iowa had a surplus of rainfall, which is where there is no drought.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on August 3, 2017

Updated Drought Monitor

The latest Drought Monitor data was released this morning. It shows 42% of the state with abnormally dry conditions and 9% of the state in a moderate drought.

Here is a wider view including North and South Dakota in Extreme Drought conditions.

The map below is the estimated rainfall from the last 30 days. Notice the area outlined, rain about 2″ or less, is the area Abnormally Dry or Moderate Drought.

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This post was written by Schnack on July 6, 2017

ICYMI Nov 2 – National Drought/ISS/Snow

Many across the country are experiencing some level of dry land or drought. A NOAA website shows just how much rain would be needed to delete the drought as well the probability of the drought ending over a certain period of time.

For more information, visit the Current Drought Reduction page.

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Today marks 16 years since someone has been aboard the International Space Station. Click on here and take a look at some of the moments.

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There were only 10 days last winter when 1″ or more fell in Waterloo/Dubuque.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on November 2, 2016

Latest Drought Monitor

The recent U.S. Drought Monitor was released Thursday morning, and it continues to show improvement across southern Iowa.  The “Moderate Drought” conditions is less widespread than what it was last week.

Drought Monitor

There are multiple chances for rain as we head into next week.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on July 29, 2016

24 Rain Totals & Latest Drought Monitor

Here are the latest rainfall totals from 7AM Wednesday 7/20 to 7 AM Thursday 7/21.  The airport in Dubuque set a daily rainfall record for June 20th.

One-Day Rainfall Record

 

 

Town Amount
Waterloo 0.00
Dubuque 1.45
Cedar Rapids 0.00
Iowa City 0.00
Fulton 0.11
Monticello 0.08
Monona 0.03
Charles City Trace
Elkader 6SSW Trace
Williamsburg 3SE 0.01
Lowden 1.01
Maquoketa 4W 0.17
Cascade 0.68
Cresco 1NE 0.09
Iowa City 0.04
Dubuque #3 1.00
Tripoli 0.01
Osage 0.02
Manchester No. 2 0.02
Anamosa Trace
Volga 1 NE 0.02
Bellevue L&D 12 0.89
Dubuque L&D 11 1.90
Gilbertville 1.0 NW Trace
New Hampton 0.4 SW 0.02
Decorah 7.9 ENE 0.01
Waucoma 3.2 S 0.01
Decorah 4.9SE 0.03
Fort Atkinson 0.2 SE 0.02
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW Trace
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 0.02

Over the last week, there has been some improvement in the drought conditions across southern parts of Iowa.  Still Abnormally Dry to Moderate Drought conditions.  Here’s the latest U.S. Drought Monitor that is released every Thursday.

Drought Monitor

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on July 21, 2016