Drought in Iowa retreats slightly with rainfall
Widespread rainfall in the past week helped alleviate some of the worst drought conditions in Iowa, according to a Thursday report by the U.S. Drought Monitor.
A wide area of exceptional drought — the worst of four classifications — in far northeast Iowa was upgraded to extreme drought in the latest report. That area has had more than 2 inches of rain in the past week.
But there remains a pocket of the worst drought in Benton and Tama counties.
Extreme drought — the second-to-worst classification — still affects much of the northeast quadrant of the state.
The rains helped reverse a weekslong trend of drier conditions but didn’t result in significant improvements statewide. About 96% of the state is suffering from some measure of drought, and the state is still the driest it’s been in a decade.
Drought is projected to remain in most of Iowa through the end of the year but will become less severe, according to the Climate Prediction Center.