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Drought conditions improve, but more dry weather in the forecast

Last week's rain eliminated extreme drought from the state.
Credit: WOI

Extreme drought no longer exists in Iowa for the first time since July thanks to last week's heavy rain.

Approximately 3 inches of rain fell in much of central Iowa last week, the heaviest rain for the region in months. That resulted in a significant improvement in drought conditions across Iowa.

Just last week, 15% of the state was under extreme drought.

39% of Iowa experienced at least severe drought last week. That number is now down to 23%.

Moderate drought numbers improved as well, decreasing from 72% last week to 47% this week.

Iowa could definitely use some more rain to make up for the summer deficit, which is highest in western Iowa. Some areas there are still more than 7" behind the average for this year, but the forecast calls for little to no rain through next week.  Our next chance might be the last weekend of September.

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