A Dry Month of June

Despite yesterday’s showers, June is shaping up to be one of the driest in the last 20 years. According to U.S. Climate Data, Fairfield on average receives 4.6 inches of rain in the month of June but, as of Sunday, has received only 35/100 of an inch. Other areas in southeast Iowa are also starting to feel the effects of the lack of rainfall. Ottumwa has received just .6 inches and Washington just a half an inch of rain this month. The latest U.S Drought monitoring maps from the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska shows most of southeast Iowa is abnormally dry. Some relief may be on the way for farmers and those worried about their browning yards, as rain is in the forecast over the next few days, however significant rainfall is not expected.