Iowa sees above-normal rain, snow for first time in months

Statewide Iowa — After suffering through months of drought in Iowa, there’s finally an encouraging sign, according to the state climatologist. Justin Glisan says the figures he’s compiled for October now show precipitation statewide was above normal for the month, the first time that’s happened in a long while.

Less than two-percent of the state is considered in normal conditions, while the U.S. Drought Monitor shows more than 98-percent is in some form of drought, ranging from abnormally dry to extreme drought. Some parts of the state got a real drenching during October, but Glisan says other areas were missed almost completely.

While October was slightly wetter than normal, Glisan says the month wrapped up being a bit warmer than usual, too.

Thanks to the El Nino pattern, forecasters say Iowa could be in for above-normal temperatures in the winter ahead.



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