Lincoln, Nebraska — News on the drought front continues to get better. This week’s US Drought Monitor report shows no drought and no abnormally dry areas in any of our four northwest Iowa counties, O’Brien, Sioux, Osceola and Lyon. There is just a sliver of abnormally dry area along the Big Sioux River in Plymouth and Woodbury counties, otherwise the whole state shows normal.
The transformation to normal continues in the upper Midwest with heavy rains of two to five inches bringing substantial improvements to Minnesota and northwest Iowa. The designation “moderate drought” has been removed from southwest Minnesota and the designation “abnormally dry” has been reduced as a result, leaving the only drought in Minnesota confined to the Red Lake region in the northwest. Abnormally dry conditions were also reduced in northwest Iowa on the heels of recent improvements.
On a regional scale, drought has all but left eastern South Dakota as well except for a patch that is unusually dry near Aberdeen. West river, it’s a different story with moderate to severe drought persisting. In Nebraska, it’s still very dry as well, with everything from no drought all the way to the worst on the scale — exceptional drought — being represented in different areas of the state.