Drought Conditions Worsen in Iowa After Another Dry Week


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Nicole Welle | August 31, 2020

Roughly 96% of Iowa is now considered at least abnormally dry as drought conditions worsen across the state.

That is an 8% increase since last week. 61% of Iowa is now in at least moderate drought, with 29% in severe drought and roughly 7% in extreme drought. These could be the driest conditions recorded since the drought of 2012, according to a Siouxland Proud article.

Every county in Iowa is now experiencing drought conditions, but the western part of the state has been hit the hardest. Crops in west-central Iowa are suffering under extreme drought conditions and a recent wave of high temperatures, and crop yields will likely be affected. This comes as an extra blow to farmers who have already experienced crop damage after the derecho swept through earlier this month.

21% of Iowa corn is now in “poor or very poor” condition according to the USDA. There are a few chances of rain across the state in the 10 day forecast, but drought conditions are likely to persist.

On the Radio: Smog creates health risks for Iowans


Smog over Chicago. Photo by Chronographia von Strangehours, Flickr

Listen to this week’s radio segment here.  It discusses the negative impact that smog has on Iowa and the rest of the Midwest.

Emphysema, bronchitis and asthma – those are just a few conditions that can be caused or worsened by smog, a form of pollution we usually associate with coastal states.

But there’s plenty of smog here in Iowa – enough to damage our health. Continue reading