The latest drought monitor released on Thursday introduced moderate drought conditions to portions of western Iowa.
This is the first drought of any kind in Iowa since September 2019.
The affected counties:
This summer has been boom-or-bust as far as rain is concerned.
While eastern Iowa has been drenched with rain, most of western Iowa is 2-to-5" below average since mid-May.
Lack of rain combined with recent hot weather is beginning to put stress on crops.
Although a few scattered thunderstorms moved through the day on Thursday, western Iowa still largely missed out on the rain. Western Iowa will have a better shot at rain Saturday morning, as Local 5's forecast shows.