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Drought conditions persist during record streak

Holiday rainfall will help improve statewide numbers

The current drought is the longest in Iowa since the 1950s, with abnormally dry and drought conditions extending into the 188th week in a row, according to the latest data available.

Following the 16th-driest November on record, precipitation for December is currently about 60 percent of average, which is normally 1.37 inches. Portions of southeast Iowa recorded above normal rainfall for the month, leaving most of the state with below average precipitation.

Once last weekend's precipitation totals are included, December could finish with average levels. This would help stabilize, but not impro...

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