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

Latest Drought Conditions

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor was released Thursday morning, and parts of Iowa are experiencing an Abnormally Dry to Moderate Drought.  Most of the KWWL viewing area, especially across the north, have had plenty of rainfall in recent weeks.

Drought Monitor

This taken into account the precipitation that feel between July 5th and July 12th.  Fortunately, some of those areas in southern Iowa have received at least a little bit of rain from the storms that tracked through Wednesday afternoon.

KWWL 2015 MAX Storm ED

Next week, a ridge builds across the center of the country, and that brings in hot weather.  Several days are expected in the 90s, and aside from a chance for rain Saturday night and Sunday, we are looking at a mainly dry weather patter.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on July 14, 2016

Dry in Parts of Eastern Iowa

For many of us across northeast Iowa, it has been a wet month of June with above normal rainfall.  However, that has not been the case for many of our southern towns, such as Tama, Sigourney, Iowa City and Washington.  Here is the latest Drought Monitor released Thursday morning.  This takes into account rainfall through Tuesday, June 28th.

Drought Monitor

Fortunately, those areas got a round of showers and thunderstorms with decent rainfall early Thursday morning.  These are the Doppler Radar estimated rainfall totals through 4 PM, with more rain possibly added by Thursday evening.

KWWL 2015 MAX Storm ED

We will have another drought update next Thursday.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on June 30, 2016

Drought Monitor and Cooler Weather

The latest Drought Monitor data was released today. Eastern Iowa is starting to get dry.
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Here are the rain totals through April 16.

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The last few days have been so nice with highs in the 60s and 70s. Starting Monday our highs won’t be so warm. A lot more 50s are in the forecast next week and probably for the rest of the month. The outlook below is for April 24-30.
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This post was written by Schnack on April 16, 2015

Drought Monitor Update

The latest Drought Monitor data does not include the rain from last night.

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If you look at the where the rain fell in the last 24 hours…it was NOT in the areas that are needing it the most.

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This post was written by Schnack on April 2, 2015

Drought Monitor and Spring Outlook

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This post was written by Schnack on March 19, 2015

Drought Monitor Updated Released Oct 10

Oct 10 Drought Monitor

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This post was written by Schnack on October 10, 2013