Parts of our area now officially in a drought

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Parts of the Upper Mississippi River Valley have gone from flooding to drought about as quickly as possible this summer. The latest Drought Monitor released Thursday morning puts much of Eastern Iowa and Northwestern Illinois into the lowest tier of drought. drought

The image above is a plot of the past 30 days of rainfall. The turquoise color represents areas where less than an inch of rain has come. Click on the image to see it up close. (Thanks to the National Weather Service Quad Cities for sharing the image.)

A stripe of very dry conditions exists from Southern Minnesota through the northeastern half of Iowa into North Central Illinois. While there will be some relief in the coming days, it remains to be seen whether we can begin to make up for the lack of rain.

Click here to see the Drought Monitor for Iowa.
Click here to see the Drought Monitor for Illinois.
Click here to see the Drought Monitor for Wisconsin.
Click here to see the Drought Monitor for Missouri.
Click here to see the Drought Monitor for the Midwest.

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