U.S. Drought Monitor

DNR: Rain looms, but so does another dry spell

BY: - June 15, 2021

Iowa may get an inch of rain over the next few days, but it will need that amount of rain every week for the rest of the summer to get out of the drought, a key state staffer said Tuesday. Forecasters suggest we won’t get it. Tim Hall, hydrology resources coordinator for the Iowa Department […]

Drought worsens in Iowa, western U.S.

BY: - June 11, 2021

Iowa’s drought worsened considerably in the past week as a heat wave added to a shortage of rain.  Drought conditions had eased before that, with decent rains shrinking the areas that were abnormally dry.  But this week’s U.S. Drought Monitor reported that an area just shy of 89% of the state is either in drought […]

Congress warned of a ‘real and urgent’ drought crisis throughout the West

BY: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — A drought crisis unfolding across the West will require short-term relief and massive, long-term federal funding to help states weather the effects of climate change, state water managers and lawmakers said at a U.S. House hearing on Tuesday. Nearly 90% of the West is now experiencing drought conditions, according to the federal U.S. Drought […]

Experts: Iowa’s drought likely to last through crop season

BY: - March 5, 2021

Iowa’s drought is likely to last at least through the early part of the crop season, a panel of experts said this week. “It is very possible that we will have some ongoing drought issues throughout the year,” said Dennis Todey, director of the Midwest Climate Hub at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Spring rains […]

State: Drought lingers despite extra precipitation in January

BY: - February 7, 2021

A slightly wetter than usual January did little to ease drought in the western half of Iowa, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported. The state saw an extra 0.35 inches of precipitation in January, but also averaged 4 degrees warmer than usual.  The U.S. Drought Monitor reported  a small area of northwest Iowa was […]

The Raccoon River in the Des Moines area is among the most-polluted in the state.

Reports: Nearly two-thirds of Iowa still in drought after warm November

BY: - December 14, 2020

Much of western Iowa remains abnormally dry or in drought, the U.S. Drought Monitor reports.  At last report, 62% of the state was dry or in some stage of drought, an area that is home to 650,000 people.  A warm November didn’t change much. Most of western Iowa is dry, but many counties in eastern […]

Aerial view of a combine harvesting soybeans

Growing drought threatens to trim western Iowa crop yields

BY: - July 27, 2020

Growing drought in west-central Iowa threatens to reduce corn and soybean yields, Successful Farming reported.  Below-average rainfall and not temperatures turned a nearly ideal early season into a forecast for growing drought.  Counties in west-central Iowa have reported the yields may suffer due to the dry conditions, which came as corn tasseled. Much of west-central […]

The Des Moines River in downtown Des Moines serves as a water supply and a growing recreational draw.

Drier April improves chances of dodging floods

BY: - May 15, 2020

A drier than normal April has improved Iowa’s odds of dodging the severe flooding that raked the state last year, the state reported. Rainfall was 2 inches below normal on average, at 1.59 inches. Streams and groundwater levels have both been falling in parts of the state. The Boyer, Floyd and Soldier rivers are higher […]