Drought conditions improve with January snowfall


February 15, 2024

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map for Iowa showed a majority of northwest Iowa experiencing abnormally dry conditions (yellow), which is one step away from no drought (white).

January's above-normal snowfall has improved drought conditions across the state, according to the latest water summary update by the Iowa DNR.

January saw 1.97 inches of precipitation, more than twice the normal amount for the month. The state has received above-average precipitation in three of the last four months. Since October 2023 statewide precipitation has been 7.24 inches, or 106 percent of normal.

At the end of January, Iowa's Drought Plan is showing improvement and stabilization of drought conditions across much of the state. Northwest and north central Iowa show normal condition...

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