National Weather Service Says We’re In “Severe Drought”

Date posted - February 1, 2012

The National Weather Service says that northwest Iowa is now in Stage D2 drought.

We talked to hydrologist Mike Gillespie with the Sioux Falls office  who told us about the scope of the drought.<script language=”JavaScript” src=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/audio-player.js”></script><br><object type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” data=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf” id=”audioplayer1″ height=”24″ width=”220″><br><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf”><br><param name=”FlashVars” value=”playerID=1&soundFile=http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/Drought1.mp3″><br><param name=”quality” value=”high”><br><param name=”menu” value=”false”><br><param name=”wmode” value=”transparent”><br></object>

He says if it had to happen, it was a good time of year . . . but . . .<script language=”JavaScript” src=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/audio-player.js”></script><br><object type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” data=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf” id=”audioplayer1″ height=”24″ width=”220″><br><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf”><br><param name=”FlashVars” value=”playerID=1&soundFile=http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/Drought2.mp3″><br><param name=”quality” value=”high”><br><param name=”menu” value=”false”><br><param name=”wmode” value=”transparent”><br></object>

He says many facets of life could be impacted, including city water rationing if it lasts too long.  Some northwest Iowa sites in the months of September through January only received about 2 inches of moisture.  Normal would be about 8 inches, he says.   Gillespie says it’s been a while since we’ve been this dry.<script language=”JavaScript” src=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/audio-player.js”></script><br><object type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” data=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf” id=”audioplayer1″ height=”24″ width=”220″><br><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf”><br><param name=”FlashVars” value=”playerID=1&soundFile=http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/Drought3.mp3″><br><param name=”quality” value=”high”><br><param name=”menu” value=”false”><br><param name=”wmode” value=”transparent”><br></object>

The US Drought Monitor is a collaboration of the USDA, the National Drought Mitigation Center, the US Department of Commerce, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  It’s housed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  They classify drought in five categories — D0 is just abnormally dry.  D1 is Moderate Drought.  D2 — where we are — is labeled “Severe” drought.  D3 is Extreme Drought, and D4 is Exceptional Drought.    Look for links to more information on this story’s page at kiwaradio.com.

By Scott Van Aartsen News Director

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