Recent Rains Not Enough to Break Drought Cycle

by Brian Wilson
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Recent rains have given some hope that Iowa will pull out of the drought conditions that weren’t helped by a drier than normal spring. D-N-R hydrologist, Tim Hall, says some areas saw several inches of rain in a short time — which he says is good — even if a lot of it ran off the ground without sinking in.

He says there weren’t any reports of significant flash flooding, which is a good indicator of just how dry it is.

Hall says the impact was immediate on some of the waterways that have restrictions on them for irrigation.

He says we need more consistent rains at about one inch each week.

The recent rains should show up in the U-S Drought Monitor which comes out Thursday.

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