Despite Wednesday’s showers, much of Iowa is experiencing the strains of early drought. Precipitation deficits over the last 90 days have been building, streams are low, and soil moisture continues to dry.
USDA statistics show 30% of the state is experiencing topsoil moisture that is short to very short or dry to very dry, an increase of 17% over the last week.
In southeast Iowa, Wapello, Davis and Mahaska counties, and areas west and north are considered abnormally dry for this time of year.
There is a chance for some showers later in the weekend for the listening area, but no significant rainfall is forecasted for the next 2 weeks.