The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor shows around 47% of Iowa is in a moderate drought and more than two-thirds of the state is abnormally dry.
Iowa DNR Hydrologist Tim Hall says there’s also a surplus of moisture in parts of the state. “It’s kind of a mixed bag in the state. Northeast Iowa has a surplus of water and west-central and southwest Iowa has a deficit of water. On average, it’s not too bad, but you really can’t look at averages this year.”
Audubon, Guthrie, Carroll, Greene and Shelby Counties had the driest April to September on record for that part of the state. Some areas in those counties are more than 15 inches behind where they should be on rainfall in that time period.
The counties now in extreme drought include Palo Alto, Clay, Dickinson, Osceola, O’Brien, Lyon, Sioux, Plymouth and Cherokee.