Extreme drought spreads into Eastern Iowa

Graphic courtesy of the National Drought Mitigation Center.

A map released Tuesday by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that extreme drought conditions have spread into Eastern Iowa, while the remainder of the state remains categorized as severe drought.

This latest map doesn’t include Wednesday’s overnight rainfall which averaged roughly one half-inch, but meteorologist Harvey Freese said it wasn’t enough to lift the drought.

“Most of Iowa had received less than a tenth of an inch of normal rainfall during July,” he said. “The fact that it did rain is encouraging, because it indicates that more rain might be on the way.”

For more information, read the full article at the Des Moines Register.

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