Drought Conditions Ease Across State

The latest U-S Drought Monitor map of Iowa shows no red areas indicating extreme drought.  We’ve now had a couple of above-normal precipitation months, and yes, we got some flooding, but nothing even approaching widespread or catastrophic flooding. Half of the state’s annual rainfall usually comes in May through August, and the Iowa DNR  says if we are above normal in any of those months, we could go a long way toward pushing all the drought colors off the map. As of Thursday, only the most northern parts of Keokuk and Washington Counties show conditions as abnormally dry. And for the first time in nearly 2 years, there are no drought threatened areas in Jefferson, Wapello or Van Vuren Counties.