Nearly 80% of Iowa is in drought, which is extreme in four west-central counties, state officials reported.
It’s the first time in two years Iowa has seen extreme drought, which comes a year after major flooding. The worst of the drought is in Audubon, Carroll, Greene and Guthrie counties, covering 6% of the state, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported.
“Conditions continue to deteriorate over west central Iowa, with July being another dry month,” Tim Hall, DNR’s coordinator of hydrology resources, said in a statement. “So far, average stream flow conditions statewide remain near normal, but some areas are beginning to show low stream flows and stressed groundwater supplies.”
Statewide precipitation averaged 2.87 inches in July, 1.63 inches less than the 30-year average. It was the 41st driest July on record.
The warmer-than-normal conditions brought an average of 75.3 degrees, up 1.7 degrees. That tied 1911 and 2001 for the 47th warmest July on record.