Heavy rainfall helped alleviate some dryness in southeast Iowa last week. (Courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor)
Heavy weekend rains have helped alleviate “extreme” drought conditions in southeast Iowa.
Last week, multiple counties in the area were suffering from extreme drought — the second-to-worst dryness condition in ratings by the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Drought conditions were upgraded to “severe” in the Drought Monitor’s most-recent report on Thursday, leaving no “extreme” ratings in the southeast part of the state.
Up to 4.2 inches of rain fell in southern Iowa last week, the state climatologist reported on Monday.
The heavy rainfall missed much of northern Iowa, where a pocket of extreme drought has persisted in the northwest near Sioux City. There is also a sliver of “exceptional” drought in Woodbury County, the worst dryness classification.
Large areas of northeastern and southwestern Nebraska have the “exceptional” designation, and the vast majority of the state has some degree of drought.
About 42% of Iowa has a drought designation. There has been plenty of rain in northeast Iowa.
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