Although Drought Improves In Some Areas, Sheldon Still 7 Inches Below Normal

Statewide, Iowa — August saw below-normal rainfall, but drought conditions did improve in some parts of the state. The Iowa DNR’s Tim Hall says some areas didn’t get the rain from thunderstorms.

 

August was the fifth straight month with below-normal precipitation, and Hall says the state needs a rainfall rally.

Rivers and streams are running low in some of the drought areas, which can lead to more problems.

The fall months are not normally the wettest of the year in Iowa but Hall says there is some positive recent history.

He says the timing of the rains are key to rebuilding subsoil moisture.

The latest drought monitor showed just a slight increase in the percentage of the state that doesn’t have any type of drought.

According to KIWA official weather, as of 7:00 am on Friday August 9th, downtown Sheldon was over seven inches below normal for annual precipitation, having only 14.41 inches, compared to a ‘normal’ of 21.38 inches.

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